ABOUT SAN JOSÉ
Cosmopolitan San José lies to an altitude of 3.770 feet above sea level.
This Central American city with nearly perfect climate, modern surroundings
and warm, friendly residents has lured many travelers to stay and call it
Daytime temperatures average between 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit with a rainy
season that lasts from May to October. During the rainy season, showers fall
primarily during the afternoon hours and produce refreshing breezes.
The Central Valley in which San José finds itself is the central nervous
system of the country. Government, finance and economic sectors all
headquarters is sleek San José.
Many visitors to the capital city will find themselves pleasantly surprised by
the smooth blend of modern skyscrapers and classic architecture. San José is
home to nearly a third of Costa Rica's population. The bustling streets can
attest to that figure in the early morning hours when everyone is heading to
work. But don't be intimidated by the rush - head on out among them and take
in the sights as you walk along.
The city offers a variety of sights for the visitor. Museums, the National
Theater, and elegant cathedral are waiting to be explored. Below the Plaza of
Culture lies the impressive Gold Museum.
The Gold Museum houses an impressive collection of pre - Columbian gold
objects including jewelry, breast plates and even gold tweezers! The displays
are as informative as they are appealing. You will see how the indigenous
worked their gold using wax and solid casting methods. Try not to miss this
wonderful museum! One of the greatest Jade collections in the world can be
seen in the Jade Museum.
When you want to visit an outdoor sight, head for the National Zoo which
boasts some of Costa Rica's native species as well as a few from far away
lands. Or head for one of the many tree - shaded parks found throughout the
city. Everything is close by Hotel Kekoldi. From San José,
day trips can be taken up two semi - active volcanoes, where roads climb to
the very brink of the craters! Irazú Volcano, just 35 miles from the capital,
towers eight thousand feet above the Central Valley.
With an altitude of 11.260 feet, the summit is chilly enough to warrant using
a sweater or jacket. Although often Irazú's fumarolic activity cannot be seen
because of clouds, a strong sulfur smell permeates the air, a subtle reminder
of the subterranean forces pent up just below your feet. A striking, yellow -
green lake fills the volcano's large, principal crater, and is surrounded by
jagged cliffs of sulfur - streaked lava. Just above the park's visitor area,
the road forks and continues to the very summit of the volcano, from which, on
a clear day, both the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans can be seen.
No less impressive is the 8.871 foot Poás Volcano, less than an hour's drive
from San José. The road to the top winds through fertile hillsides planted
with terraced rows of dark - green coffee bushes which look, from a distance,
like a patchwork quilt. At the top of Poás, tourists may wander through a
National Park visitors center and hike about a half - mile of nature trails.
There are many activities that await travelers making their way through Costa
Rica. Begin them in San José and enjoy the country to the fullest! The staff
from Hotel Kekoldi helps you with any tour you want to take in Costa Rica,
either one day or multi day trips.
Not to forget the vibrant night life of our city. Our staff will help you
to find the right place for you to enjoy the night life in San Jose.