San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica, as well as the head of the province of San José. The city serves as the seat of national government and the focal point of political and economic activity. San José contains the country's primary airport, the University of Costa Rica, several of the embassies, and lots of museums, cultural venues, and tourist attractions.
What to see & do
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum - The Museo del Oro Precolombino is a museum located in a subterranean building under the Plaza de la Cultura. The museum houses a substantial collection of more than 1,600 objects of Pre-Columbian gold, dating back as far as AD 500. Among its most notable artIfacts is the first coin of Costa Rica, the Media Escudo, minted in 1825, several frog figurines, amulets, earrings, and statuettes, and a life-sized gold warrior figure. Also located in the same building is the Museo Numismático, or the National Coin Museum.
Museum of Contemporary Art and Design - Founded in 1994, the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo is dedicated to contemporary Central American art and design, with some representations of international works. The museum consists of four exhibition rooms, an auditorium, and an open-air space for special performance installations and other events. The permanent collection has over 900 works in a wide range of media, such as painting, sculpture, photography, installations, and etching.
Costa Rican Center of Science and Culture - Centro Costarricense de la Ciencia y la Cultura is a science and culture museum complex that houses several important institutions, among them being the Museo de los Niños, the National Gallery, the Youth Complex, and the National Auditorium.
How to get around
San José is the major transportation hub of Costa Rica. Taxi services are usually cheap, and should be metered. Always make sure that the meter is on before the journey starts, or you might be charged a flat rate. Taxi cabs with a blue sign on the top that says credomático can accept credit cards. Only official licensed taxis are red and orange with a triangle or round decal found on the front doors with the taxis information. Never take an unlicensed taxi (called piratas), as they are unregulated. The bus service is very reliable and efficient, and covers an extensive area of the city. Best of all, the bus fares are very cheap! There are also available New Airport Express shuttle services that operate 24 hours from any hotel in downtown San José to the airport and vice versa.
How to get there
Juan Santamaría International Airport is the main airport serving San José. There are direct flights to San José's airport from the cities of Toronto, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Orlando, Chicago, Newark, Washington, Charlotte, Phoenix, New York, Los Angeles, San Salvador, Mexico City, Guatemala City, Panama City, San Pedro Sula, Frankfurt, San Salvador, Santo Domingo, Managua, Tegucigalpa, Havana, Lima, Bogotá, Cancun, Rio de Janeiro, and other select few, courtesy of airlines such as American Airlines, Avianca Costa Rica, Copa Airlines, Iberia, JetBlue Airways, Nature Air, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and Veca Airlines.
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