The capital city of San Jose sits at the spiritual and physical heart of Costa Rica within the pleasant, mild climate of the Central Valley. Colonial grandeur rises along the distinct streets of the historical neighborhoods leading to the bustling aisles of Mercato Central and the immensity of the nine-story San Pedro Mall with 260 stores capturing the contemporary culture of the city. Before exploring it all, your family will arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport, where your private transfer will greet you at customs and guide you through.
You can take time to settle into the comforts of your luxury hotel near the epicenter of art galleries, colonial mansions, and museum collections. Your guide will greet you in the lobby eager to introduce your family to the splendors of San Jose beginning at the Museo de Jade. The fascinating gallery space spans five floors displaying 7,000 artifacts that have been preserved over the centuries. The kids will be engrossed with the stories of the native peoples who crafted the images of fertility goddesses, shamans, frogs, and snakes by hand.
Your guide can point out the distinct Mayan influences on individual pieces, and your kids will likely pause at the stunning ceramic head with a dramatic row of serrated teeth that stand out from the surrounding precious stone images glinting in the soft light. After a quick pass through the museum, the indoor design of Mercado Central will keep any jet lag at bay as your eyes take in the range of local spices to coffee beans grown around the country, as well as vibrant produce like delicious mango and rich avocado. After a good wander around for initial impressions, an early night will be yours to settle in for the week. We work closely with the best Costa Rica tour operators to ensure that you have a fully personalized trip of a lifetime.