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It is an area of Central Valley that approximately 340,000 people reside in.
From here, it's roughly 9 miles to the south to Tarbaca and 11 miles to the southwest to Palmichal.
Spirogyra Butterfly Garden and Amusement Park San Jose are lovely places to take some quality time with your kids. ARA Project and the Children's Museum are also worth a visit if you're looking for more ways to keep little ones busy.
You'll see a range of beautiful creatures at the Zoo Ave and the Simon Bolivar Zoo. Combined with the INBio Park, you are certain to have an incredible zoological encounter.
When the weather is fine, pack some lunch and head out to one of the area's leafy green spaces, such as Parque Nacional or Central Park. Peace Park and Sabana Park are two more excellent places to while away a lazy day and catch up on some reading.
Set aside a day or two to explore some of the varied exhibition spaces in the area. Meander through the hallways as you check out the varied collections at the Museum of Costa Rican Art and the Gold Museum. Equally rewarding are the National Center of Art and Culture and the Jade Museum.
Observe the variety of specimens that are on show while you walk around the overflowing halls of the La Salle Natural Science Museum.
Complex exhibits and objects await art lovers at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.
The area's spiritual side can be experienced at San Jose Cathedral and Alajuela Cathedral. If you want to look at some more religious sites, keep your eyes peeled for tours at Church of Puriscal and Templo de Música.
Good public squares provide a space for a city's inhabitants to meet and take in the sunshine. You'll see an eclectic mix of people at Plaza de la Democracia and Plaza de la Cultura. Make sure you take a walk around and experience everything they have to offer.
As you wander around, you will find there are some significant monuments and memorials in San Jose. If you're interested in delving into the region's history, stop in at El Fortín or Teatro Melico Salazar. If you want to continue on your journey down memory lane, you could also take a look at Asamblea Legislativa and Edificio Metálico.
Vacationers who have an interest in places of higher learning should arrange a visit to the Universidad Nacional and the University of Costa Rica. Every campus has its own interesting history and is an integral part of the local scene.
You'll soon discover why this area has a reputation as a shopping hub. Purchase a new outfit, grab a bite to eat or just enjoy the atmosphere at San Pedro Mall and Plaza Real Cariari. Multiplaza Mall Escazu and Multiplaza del Este Mall are also a lot of fun to visit.
There are a selection of fine performing arts houses here. Among its brightest stars is the National Theater. After the concert, have supper in one of the close-by restaurants or bars and enjoy the regional cuisine.
Many people have a terrific time at the Cariari Country Club. Colinas del Poas is also worth considering.
San Jose has a reputation as an excellent destination, with 116 San Jose hotels available on Expedia.
Kick-off the quest for the dream San Jose accommodation by checking out the guest services at the high-ranking Real InterContinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall, located at In Front of Multiplaza Shopping, and the Hotel Grano de Oro, at Calle 30 Avs 2 y 4. Alternatively, the Hostel Toruma, at Central Avenue, between 29th & 31st St, and the Hotel Ambassador, at 26th & 28th St. Paseo Colon, are two more budget-friendly choices worth booking.
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A restful alternative to the busier resorts of Costa Rica, Hotel Luisiana is 10 minutes' drive from the international airport and only 20 minutes from downtown San José. Guests can relax in the sleepy atmosphere of San Luis, or drive 11 minutes to the sprawling Multiplaza shopping mall.
Barcelo San Jose Palacio is situated on tropically landscaped grounds, 3 km (2 mi) from the museums, markets, and theaters of downtown San Jose; the airport is a 15-minute ride by complimentary shuttle, and is available on request at scheduled times.
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Museum of Costa Rican Art, National Theater, and Gold Museum. National Museum of Costa Rica and Jade Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).
This family-friendly Ciudad Cariari hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Real Cariari, Ultrapark Free Zone & Business Center, and Global Park Free Zone and Business Park. Metro Free Zone & Business Park and Cafe Britt Coffee Farm are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Children's Museum, Gold Museum, and National Theater. Simon Bolivar Zoo and Mercado Central are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Jose Atlantic Station is 22 minutes by foot and San Jose Fercori Station is 24 minutes.
This family-friendly Ciudad Cariari hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Plaza Real Cariari and Cariari Bowling Center. Ultrapark Free Zone & Business Center and Global Park Free Zone and Business Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Park and Alajuela Cathedral. Ojo de Agua Spa Park and Business Center Forum 2 are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Alajuela Cathedral, City Mall, and Central Park. Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto and National Center of Art and Culture are also within 16 mi (25 km).