San José is Costa Rica's capital and home to a quarter of its population. A city tour provides a cultural experience for tourists who want to see the Costa Rican lifestyle. San Jose is also home to the country's top restaurants, museums, some of its best entertainment, casinos, parks, plazas, and the Central Avenue walking boulevard. San José is also a great base for taking day trips to other regions of the country.
Typically, guests arriving on evening flights and/or departing on early morning flights choose to stay in San José for their first and/or last night of their vacation. Many visitors choose to stay an extra night or two to enjoy the sights near the city, take a white water rafting trip or experience the city's cultural and social life.
Four areas of the city and suburbs feature great San Jose hotels. Downtown offers easy access to museums, parks, theatre, restaurants, and nightlife. The western suburb of Escazu, the city's main residential area, is near shopping malls, outstanding restaurants and nightlife. La Sabana Park offers access to downtown without being in the heart of the city, and the northern suburb of San Antonio de Belen provides easy access to the International Airport and day trips north of the city.
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