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San José or “Saint Joseph” is the largest city in Costa Rica and is also the capital. San José is the seat of all of Costa Rica’s economic and political activity, the locale for the national government and the hub for transportation in Costa Rica. It is also known as one of the youngest capital cities in Latin American because it did not become the capital until 1823, nearly 100 years after it was founded in 1738. In the following information, we will discuss more about the capital of Costa Rica including information about the public transportation, climate, cuisine and things to do in this beautiful capital city.

The public transportation in San José consists of buses. Some companies that are privately owned are connecting transportation lines from the suburbs to different parts of the city for added convenience, as well. In addition, other private companies provide transportation to some of the other major cities in this country via the central bus stations in the city center. Transportation by bus in Costa Rica is very cheap. Typically, the buslines are efficient, however, as with most capital cities, during rush hours, the traffic can halt public and other transportation making it difficult to get anywhere quickly.

San José City is in the rainforest, located in the Torrid Zone. Therefore, the weather is wet and dry and is similar to a Subtropical climate. The climate in San José is incredibly mild because of the elevation in the capital city and features average temperatures ranging from 59 degrees (F) to 86 degrees (15 to 30 degrees Celcius). San José is also very windy, which is another contributing factor to this city’s mild climate. San José has the rainy season starting in May and lasting throughout late November, however, rain and clouds are common even during the dry season. The rest of the year is considered the dry season. The humidity in this location is between 60 to 90 percent.

Visitors to the San José area may expect the local cuisine (comida tipica) to be spicy, however it isn’t. The comida tipica in San José is simple and delicious and easy to find. San José offers plenty of healthy, wholesome food that is reasonably priced. One of the most popular local dishes in San José is Gallo pinto, which consists of black beans and fried rice — this dish is easy to find and is often served for breakfast. Gallo pinto is served for lunch and is modified and served with cabbage and tomato salad, meat and fried plantains for dessert.

San José offers a long list of exciting and fun things to do with plenty of opportunities for educational experiences, as well. One area in San José is El Pueblo, which is an abundant mixture of more than 50 clubs, shops and bars. Calle de la Amargura (close to the University of Costa Rica) offers a large selection of restaurants, bars and discos with cheap menu and drink options to choose from, however, the crime in this area is high (e.g. – pickpockets, drug crimes and other violent crimes) and those visiting this area are advised to remain cautious and always think smart and safe when visiting Calle de la Amargura or other areas that are known for crime in Costa Rica. The Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica or National Theater and The Melico Salazar Theatre provide year-round entertainment with a number of different cultural activities, acting, dance groups and orchestra performances. Downtown San José features a large selection of cafes that, along with the Melico Salazar Theatre and The National Theater, serve coffee in traditional Costa Rican fashion. Other nearby attractions include the Gold Museum and the Lankester Botanical Garden where tours are given daily. Many of the visitors and residents enjoy visiting the local bars and clubs that sponsor musical performances and other entertaining events.

San José offers so much to do, see and visit that many people who visit here, decide to return for a second or third trip to the capital of Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

The city of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is filled with adventure, beautiful natural scenery and friendly locals. Manuel Antonio is near Quepos: the two cities offer something to do, 24/7. Visitors to the Manuel Antonio area may not be wondering, what to do, but what they should leave out of their trip itinerary. In the following information, we will discuss some of the top activities and attractions in Manuel Antonio and provide some information about this beautiful Latin American city.

Adventure lovers will find contentment in the abundance of water sports and other activities in Manuel Antonio. Some of the most popular options for thrill-seekers include sea kayaking, white water rafting, scuba diving, surfing, mountain biking and more. While outdoor lovers may enjoy fishing from the beautiful white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio, horseback riding, swimming, snorkeling, hiking through the jungle, viewing monkey activities and taking pictures, bird watching, seeing sloths and other rainforest wildlife and visiting rocky islands and mangrove forests. Another great spot for nature lovers is Manuel Antonio National Park, which is known to many as Costa Rica’s most beautiful, protected coastal area. In addition, to hiking trails and walking through the tropical rainforest, Manuel Antonio National Park also offers beautiful, white-sand beaches and a national landmark, Punta Cathedral located on the Pacific coast.

Popular Adventure Tours:

*ATV Tours

*Bird Watching Tours

*Canyon Tours

*Caves of Damas Tours

*Diving Tours

*Fishing Tours

*Golf Tours

*Guided Horseback Riding in the Rainforest

*Jet Ski Tours

*Mangrove Tours

*Mountain Bike Tours

*Nature Farm Tours

*Rainmaker Tours

*River Rafting

*Spices Tours

*Sunset Sails Tours

*Titi Canopy Tours

*Turtle Adventure Tours

The Costa Rica National Park and Reserve System is one of the most visited tourist attractions in all of Costa Rica. This area is a small peninsula designated to farm cattle, produce agriculture and increase tourism development. The National Park in Costa Rica is one of the most scenic areas in the entire country. The park is made up of two lush forests, tranquil lagoons, wholesome beach vegetation and mangrove swamps. The tropical rainforests at Costa Rica’s National Park in Manuel Antonio feature beautiful flora such as, silk cotton trees, cow trees, guapinol negro and blanco, pilón, cedro maría and much more plant life. The fauna of the park consists of 109 mammals including monkeys such as, the squirrel monkey and the white-faced monkey, the two-toed sloth, the raccoon, agouti and coatamundi. There are also more than 180 different bird species in the National Park area, as well. Sea life in the park includes various creatures including dolphins and migrating whales.

In addition to the National Park, Manuel Antonio also offers several beautiful, pristine beaches such as, Puerto Escondido, Manuel Antonio and Espadilla Sur. These beaches are often home to championship surfing tournaments and sport fishing, as well.

Manuel Antonio combines scenic mountains, national reserves, canopy tours, animal watching, water sports, beach activities and more for an incredible vacation, any time of the year. Visit Manuel Antonio for an invigorating, intoxicating and once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you breathless and will have you visiting this area again and again.

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