This buzzing capital city is surrounded by a stunning valley of coffee plantations.
San Jose is encircled by large coffee bean plantations, the profits of which built the city many years ago. You can sample the delicious ‘golden bean’ in cafes across the city or enjoy a day trip to see the coffee making process in one of the many farms nearby. Historical highlights within San Jose include the elegant National Theatre which was built in 1897 and hordes of pre-Colombian gold in the Museo del Oro. Despite the wide spread of this bustling city, many visitors sidestep San Jose and head to the central valley in which it sits. This is an attractive area to visit, with coffee plantations, waterfalls and short hikes, plus the added bonus of some fabulous lodges and hotels. These properties are perfect for an easy one-night stay after a late arrival to San Jose, but still offer excellent activities and abundant wildlife for a longer stay. The Pacuare River flows through this stunning area, offering thrill seekers some of the best white water rafting in the world, and in the areas surrounding its banks it is possible to go horse riding, zip lining and mountain biking. Being in the very centre of the country, San Jose makes a perfect base from which to start or finish a luxury holiday to Costa Rica.