San José (elevation 1,150 meters) is the political, economic and cultural hub of Costa Rica.
San José is located in the Central Valley (Meseta Central), where 70 percent of the country’s population lives.
Urban growth has led to an increase in air pollution. That said, those seeking urban greenery have a number of options. West of downtown is La Sabana, the biggest park in the city. This used to be the site of the city’s international airport.
San José is the cultural center of Costa Rica with art galleries, cinema, dance, symphony and theater. Among the highlights:
The former air terminal has been converted into the Museum of Costa Rican Art.
The Museo de Jade is located on the 11th floor of the National Insurance Institute. It houses the largest collection of jade from the Americas.
The Mercado Central is located between Avenidas Central/1 and Calles 6/8.
Information – Costa Rica’s English-language weekly, the Tico Times is published on Fridays.
FYI – The inhabitants are sometimes referred to as josefinos.