San José is the lively, modern capital of Costa Rica, and although many bland malls and chain restaurants now cover the city, the city  still celebrates its rich and diverse history, with some beautiful examples of restored colonial buildings, colourful street markets, impromptu Latin dance performances and some well maintained and interesting museums.

Downtown San Jose is an interesting mix of colonial, precolonial and modern buildings

Downtown San Jose is an interesting mix of colonial, precolonial and modern buildings