San Jose is the Capital of the Republic of Costa Rica and the Tobias Bolaños International airport conveniently located 10 minutes from downtown and 15 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport is Nature Air’s hub. San Jose sits at 3809 feet above sea level and lies just 9 degrees north of the equator, but the altitude makes the conditions spring like year round with an average temperature of 23C, 74F year round; It is surrounded by majestic blue green mountains, reaching to the cloud covered volcanoes of Poas and Irazu. Nature Air hub is located in the heart of Costa Rica, on a plateau, at an altitude of 3,000 feet.
San Jose is known for its theater, performing arts and galleries. It is home to Teatro Nacional. Pre-Columbian Museum, Gold Museum, Jade Museum, Museum of National History, and Children's Art Museum. Teatro Nacional is an exact replica of the opera house in Vienna Austria and home to Costa Rica National Orchestra, Opera and a rich program of performances.
San Jose has great hotels, The Alta Hotel being one of the most luxurious and Conde Nast approved, a lively night life, clubs and an array of excellent cuisines to choose from. Dining choices go from Costa Rican typical whole red snapper, Italian fresh pasta, French Brasserie, Peruvian ceviches and Japanese sushi to Argentine beef specialties.
San Jose’s best attribute is its location. From San Jose you can be on a coffee tour, at the base of an active volcano, white water rafting, bungee jumping or enjoying a cultural museum in less than 30 minutes.
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San Jose was built on the profits of the coffee export business. All over the Central Valley including urban areas, you can find working coffee farms. San Jose was a forgotten backwater of the Spanish empire until coffee made its way to the sleepy citizens of the old world in the late 19th century. Once the Europeans got a jolt of the grano de oro, San Jose was riding high. Coffee planters, newly rich and craving culture, imposed a tax on themselves (we know its odd), to build the Teatro Nacional, San José’s most beautiful building.
There are no street addresses in San Jose, although some exist, people rarely use them. Directions are given in meters from a “known” landmark, who actually knows these landmarks are another mystery. However, it makes finding something an adventure and isn’t that why you’re here, an adventure.
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