ICE Building

San José

Headquarters for the Costa Rican Electricity Institute.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby San José attractions

1. Parque Metropolitano La Sabana

0.17 MILES

Once the site of San José’s main airport, this 72-hectare green space at the west end of Paseo Colón is home to a regional art museum, a lagoon and…

2. Monumento León Cortés

0.35 MILES

This bronze statue of the 1930s Costa Rican president stands regally at the eastern entrance to La Sabana park.

3. Museo de Arte Costarricense

0.35 MILES

This Spanish-style structure served as San José’s main airport terminal until 1955. The remodeled museum features regional art, a sculpture garden, a huge…

4. Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle

0.67 MILES

Ever wanted to see a spider-monkey skeleton or a herd of stuffed tapirs? This natural-history museum near Parque La Sabana's southwest corner has an…

7. Mercado Borbón

1.37 MILES

The Mercado Borbón is a true sensory experience of sights and smells, and you might catch the daily hand-truck race among the workers. The focus is on…

8. Mercado Central

1.43 MILES

Though josefinos mainly do their shopping at chain supermarkets, San José’s crowded indoor markets retain an old-world, authentic feel. This main market,…