Located in Costa Rica’s lush Central Valley, the country’s capital San José is almost entirely European in flavour.

This is partly due to the influx of Spanish, soon after Costa Rica’s discovery by Christopher Columbus. The tendency, also, for the wealthier classes to travel and study in Europe during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries added to the European influence, which can be seen in the city’s architecture.

Standing in the centre of the country at an elevation of around 1,200 metres, it enjoys an average temperature of 21⁰ C year round, is the home of the main international airport and where the majority of Costa Rican’s live and work. A busy, vibrant Latin American metropolis, it has the country’s pristine natural attractions on its doorstep.

  • Where: San Jose Province, Costa Rica

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