Overview

Costa Rica’s busy capital, San José, is a city on the move, where the choking traffic and crowds are mitigated by the eager friendliness of the people. There are some good museums and excellent restaurants but no colonial core: it’s a modern place, full of offices, North American style bars and malls - many US citizens visit or are resident in the country and their cultural influence is strong. The landscapes around however are delicious, both in the rolling coffee country of the highlands and in the fertile central valley, watched over by the smouldering Poás and Irazú volcanoes.

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The weather in San Jose, central highlands and central valleys is wide and varied

The capital and surrounding fertile valleys and coffee highlands lie at around 1,000m above sea level. As such they enjoy a pleasant, temperate climate all year round.

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