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Explore the natural beauty of Costa Rica with an American Airlines flight to San José. Paddle through the rainforests on the Pacuare River, zip through the trees on a canopy tour and hike up Poás Volcano when you fly to San José with American Airlines.
See the splendor of pre-Columbian riches at the Gold and Jade museums. To Central America’s ancient indigenous peoples, jade was more valuable than gold. You’ll see finely carved green jade jewelry, ornaments and religious objects at the Museo de Jade Marco Fidel Tristán. Examine pure gold statuettes at the Gold Museum of the Museos del Banco Central de Costa Rica.
Hike to the top of Poás Volcano then visit the butterflies at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Aim to see the volcano’s peak early, before the day’s clouds set in. Spot geysers of hot mud and steam bursting across the mile-plus wide crater. Spend the afternoon at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, where jungle trails lead to tumbling cascades and butterflies and hummingbirds flit through the lush landscape.
Take a wild ride on a white-water rafting adventure. Choose a rafting guide in San José to take you out on nearby rivers. Challenge the class IV rapids of the Pacuare River, where you’ll slip through narrow passages and navigate around boulders. Newbies and families will love the class III Sarapiquí River for its wide and tame flow through the tropical forest.
Get a monkey’s view of the rainforest with a canopy tour. Hook up with the Original Canopy Tour, just an hour from San José. You’ll fly through the jungle on a zipline strung between viewing platforms in the trees. From up here, you’ll share the view over the treetops with many of the forest’s birds and animals who live here high above the ground.
Dine with a view from the slopes of a volcano. Head into the volcanic mountains that surround the capital city to the miradores—restaurants with views—for a romantic dinner suspended above the city lights. The nearby town of Aserri has several miradores with tables along front windows and live music playing in the background. After sunset, the sprawling city glows in the valley below.
Book your flight to San José with American Airlines today to see some of San José’s best attractions.
Follow American Airlines off the beaten path to discover more things to do in San José. Head to the countryside where you can tour the Café Britt coffee plantation, wander the ruins of an ancient civilization at Guayabo National Monument and spend quality beach time at the Pacific Ocean. American will be with you every step of the way.
Discover Costa Rican modern art in museums and galleries. Stroll through the collections of colorful paintings and the sculpture garden at the Museo de Arte Costarricense. Look for technicolor ceramics, handmade jewelry and carved masks by local artists in galleries downtown. For souvenirs from textiles to woodwork, head to the Mercado Central or the daily market on Plaza de la Democracia.
Learn about Costa Rica’s ecosystems at verdant INBio Park, the National Biodiversity Institute. Tiny Costa Rica is home to 5 percent of all the earth’s species of plants and animals. Hike with your family through Costa Rica’s four different forest types—the rainforest, the pre-mountainous forest, the dry forest and wetlands—with an INBio Park naturalist. You’ll see tree sloths, neon frogs and sunbathing caymans along the way.
Take a road trip around the Central Valley. Hit the links at Parque Valle del Sol golf course, where volcanoes form the backdrop to the greens. Head to Sarchí, where artisans carve and paint vibrant oxcarts and shops sell miniature handmade carts, a folkloric symbol of Costa Rica. Learn how coffee turns from bright fresh cherries to dark roasted beans at Café Britt Farm.
Visit the ruins of Guayabo, one of Costa Rica’s few pre-Columbian cities. For more than 2,000 years, people built stone roads, bridges and temples among the towering trees here. Archaeologists don’t understand why the city was abandoned just before the Spanish arrived in the 1400s. Explore the uncovered jungle ruins and try to decipher the mysterious petroglyphs carved into the stones.
Cruise to Tortuga Island on Costa Rica’s Pacific side, an easy day trip. After a bus ride through coffee plantations and a cruise past the Nicoya Peninsula islands, you land on uninhabited Tortuga. Snorkel the clear water, sunbathe on the white sands and enjoy a delicious lunch under the beach umbrellas. Cruise companies in San José can take you any day of the week.
Book a flight to San José with American Airlines today to discover more things to do in San José.
|Barbecue Los Anonos||Latin American||Escazú||2||1|
|Cafeteria 1930||International||Downtown San José||2||1|
|Café Mundo||International||Downtown San José||2||2|
|Café del Teatro Nacional||Cafe||Downtown San José||1||2|
|Caracas Arepas & Juice Bar||South American||Downtown San José||1||2|
|Donde Carlos||South American||San Pedro/Los Yoses||3||3|
|Grano de Oro Restaurant||International||In La Sabana/Paseo Colón||3||4|
|Kalú Café||Cafe||Downtown San José||2||3|
|La Cava Grill||Latin American||Escazú||2||2|
|La Esquina de Buenos Aires||South American||Downtown San José||3||3|
|Machu Picchu||Latin American||In La Sabana/Paseo Colón||2||2|
|Olio||Mediterranean||San Pedro/Los Yoses||2||2|
|Park Café||Eclectic||La Sabana/Paseo Colón||4||4|
|Restaurante Nuestra Tierra||South American||Downtown San José||2||1|
|Soda Tapia||Latin American||In La Sabana/Paseo Colón||1||1|
|Tin Jo||Asian/Pac Rim||Downtown San José||2||4|
|Vishnu||Vegetarian||Downtown San José||1||1|
|Whappin'||Latin American||San Pedro/Los Yoses||1||2|
|Boutique Annemarie||Arts & Crafts||2|
|Boutique Kiosco||Arts & Crafts||3|
|Galería Jacobo Karpio||Art||1|
|Galería Namu||Arts & Crafts||3|
|La Casona||Arts & Crafts||1|
|Seventh Street Books||Bookstores||3|
|Café Britt Farm||Tour||2|
|Catedral Metropolitano||Religious Site||2|
|Centro Nacional de Arte y Cultura||Museum||2|
|Else Kientzler Botanical Garden||Park/Garden||3|
|La Paz Waterfall Gardens||Park/Garden||3|
|Museo Nacional de Costa Rica||Museum||3|
|Museo de Arte Costarricense||Museum||3|
|Museo de Jade Marco Fidel Tristán||Museum||2|
|Museo de Los Niños||Museum||1|
|Museos del Banco Central de Costa Rica||Museum||3|
|Parque Zoológico Simón Bolívar||Zoo/Aquarium||1|
|Spyrogyra Butterfly Garden||Zoo/Aquarium||1|
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