San José offers much more than the international airport most visitors fly into. Costa Rica's capital is a cultural hub worth getting to know, and provides a great intro to the country's food and history. Take a day or two to explore the city—this guide will help you make the most of your time.
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Costa Rica abounds with wildlife and outdoor activities, setting the scene for an ideal family vacation. But you don't need to head straight to the beach—travelers flying into urban San José will find plenty to do with kids upon arrival. Interactive museums, local markets, and more are a great way to spend a day in the city.
Culture, nightlife, haute cuisine—travelers are discovering the virtues of San José. And with more lodging options than ever before, you can take your pick of style, neighborhood, and amenities on offer. Make your decision an easy one with this list of premier boutique hotels in Costa Rica's capital.