Museums

Museo de Jade With nearly 7000 well-conserved pieces, this museum is home to the largest collection of American jade in the world.

Museo Nacional de Costa Rica Learn all about Costa Rican history in this comprehensive museum housed in the historic Bellavista Fortress.

Museo de Insectos Explore the country's diverse array of insect residents. If you're feeling adventurous, participate in the taste test at the end of the tour.

Museo de Oro Precolombino y Numismática Check out Costa Rica's most valuable pieces of pre-Columbian gold.

Museo de los Niños & Galería Nacional Part children's museum and part art gallery, this museum combines art and science in an unusual setting: an old penitentiary.

Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle Learn all about Costa Rica's natural history.

Historic sites

Teatro Nacional Enjoy a concert at Costa Rica's most celebrated building, a neoclassical theater built in 1897.

Barrio Amón Take a walk around this historic nighborhood full of mansions dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Central Nacional de la Cultura This cultural center, located in the historic National Liquor Factory, houses several art, video and design exhibits.

Edificio Metálico Constructed in Belgium and shipped overseas to San José, this building is one of the city's most recognizable.

Catedral Metropolitana Take in colorful Spanish-tile floors and ornate stained glass at this Renaissance-style cathedral built in 1871.

Teatro Melico Salazar Catch a performance at this beaux-arts style theater that was built in 1928.

Local markets

Feria Verde de Aranjuez This popular farmers market is the place to be for foodies interested in organic coffee, artisanal chocolate and baked goods.

Mercado Central This indoor market is lined with vendors selling everything from local coffee to souvenir T-shirts.

Mercado Borbón Snag some delicious Costa Rican produce here.

Mercado Artesanal Vendors sell handcrafted jewelry and other locally made products alongside touristy souvenirs.

Mercado La California A new, nightlife-focused market with food, craft beer and cocktail vendors.

City parks & plazas

Parque Nacional Relax in one of San José's nicest parks, which centers around the Monumento Nacional.

Parque Morazán Take an early evening stroll through this pleasantly lit park.

Parque Metropolitano La Sabana An expansive green space that features numerous paths and various sport facilities.

Plaza de la Cultura Situated in front of the Teatro Nacional, this plaza is an epicenter for street performers and food vendors.