Costa Rica is one of the happiest countries in the world. Locals wander through shopping arcades of San Jose and look at the elegant window displays. The cosmopolitan atmosphere reflects the collection of cultures from around the country, and the depth of history on the streets is displayed in refurbished colonial mansions. Mountains encircle the valley floor and bring a unique skyline to the city. You arrive in San Jose and are met by a private transfer at the airport. Your charming hotel offers you a view of the mountainside and a quiet garden separate from the bustling streets of the city.
Almost half of Costa Rica’s population calls San Jose their home. The Central Market was built in the 1880s and continues to be a lively center for the city’s shopping. Find over 200 stalls, restaurants, and shops lining the expansive city block that fills the single pavilion. The zesty citrus of fresh ceviche emanates from the restaurants and fruit stands display gigantic watermelons. Street acts perform exuberant musicals in the Plaza de la Cultura and the wonderful smiles of the locals continue through the evening.