Quality Hotel Real San Jose
Autopista Prospero Fernandez
San Jose, 00000
Phone: (506) 22 046700
Fax: (506) 22 046800
This museum exhibits more than 50,000 insects and arthropods. It is the first step towards the creation of the Bioplanet Biodiversity Institute. This permanent exhibit is part of the collection that biologist Richard Whittem has accumulated throughout the past 30 years. When beginning the journey, you can enjoy a video about insects and arthropods in natural Costa Rican sceneries. The second part features a visit to the museum halls that display colorful ants, termites, ladybugs, beetles, grasshoppers, fireflies and spiders from every corner of the world. This museum offers both English and Spanish tours. Admission is CRC4,500.
If you, find yourself in any trouble in Costa Rica, make your way to your embassy. It is especially important to report the loss or theft of a passport. Advice is also available on questions such as health, including information regarding medication needed in certain areas, security, travel and the policy of your country in Costa Rica. Long term residents should register their details with the embassy for security and contact purposes.
Spread out over 72 hectares, Parque Metropolitano La Sabana is a green haven in the heart of San Jose. The park has multiple open spaces, pretty gardens, sporting and recreational facilities and also houses the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica and the Museo de Arte Costarricense. A perfect place to spend a day out with friends or family, enjoying the sports facilities or enjoying a picnic by the beautiful lake. Originally, the International Airport was housed within the park premises, till the new one was opened. Within the park, locals enjoy facilities like tennis courts, basket ball courts, jogging paths and football grounds. A nice place to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the open space and greenery in the heart of the vibrant city.
Canadians traveling in Costa Rica should take note of the address and contact details, just in case. Should anything go wrong during your visit, including the loss or theft of a passport, contact your embassy. Make a report here as well as with the police, and arrange for emergency documentation. The staff can also answer questions on health issues, security, travel, Canadian investments and policies in Costa Rica. Those planning a long-term stay should register their details here as well.
Hatillo is one of the most populated districts of San Jose, wedged between Hospital and Mata Redonda District. Established somewhere in the 1800s, the district has a total of approximately 1.65 square miles (4.27 square kilometers) that have been divided into various neighborhoods such as 25 de Julio, 15 de Setiembre, Tiribí, Topacio and Vivienda en Marcha, to name a few. Some of the important landmarks and attractions that call Hatillo home include Iglesia de la Sagrada Familia and Parque Jerusalén.
If you are British and are planning to spend some time in Costa Rica, you should note contact information for your embassy, so if anything goes wrong you will know were to turn. It is very unlikely that anything will happen to you, personally, but there is never a guarantee that travelers will not lose their passports in one way or another, and should that happen, the very next thing you must do, after notifying the police, is arrange emergency documentation. Helpful general advice to British travelers is available here as well.
Before taking a step into Costa Rica's National Parks, learn about their natural wealth by visiting this 20-acre theme park run by the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBioparque). It features three native ecosystems: tropical moist, tropical dry and Central Valley native forests. Bilingual guides take you on a two-hour tour. Benches, natural shade and a restaurant offering local cuisine add to an enjoyable learning experience.
This house, constructed of bahareque and other traditional materials, and furnished with antiques, was once the President's townhouse at the end of the 19th century. Here, you can take an excellent tour to learn about Costa Rican traditions, such as the daily life and the everyday activities of the countrymen. The museum's guided tours also provide information about Costa Rican costumes and traditional games.
This is a zoo where you can see a variety of local animals including deer, monkeys, iguanas, scarlet macaws, owls and other birds. The zoo is also home to a 12-foot crocodile. All of the animals that reside in the zoo were either donated to the zoo or were injured then nursed back to health. The animals now live comfortably in their new habitat, and visitors are able to view some of Costa Rica's native wildlife up close in a safe environment. Admission is CRC2700 for adults, CRC300 for children age 11 and under.
This is a tourist information center that is located on the 11th floor of a building downtown. The helpful and bilingual staff will answer your questions regarding where to stay, what the local attractions are, and how to travel around the city. They can also provide free city and country maps. If you are arriving at the airport, you will also find a branch of this office located behind the customs area. The airport branch is open 9a-5p M-F and can be contacted directly at +1 506 442 1820.
This is the place to visit for assistance with national and international phone calls. Additionally, you can make collect calls (for a fee). Other services include AT&T direct and Sprint services. If you do not feel able to tackle the public telephone system on your own, the helpful staff here will make sure that you get your telephone call through. The firm's convenient location also makes it worthwhile to stop by if you are in San Jose.
Tucked away between Carmen and Merced District of San Jose, Barrio Amón is a lesser known gem of a locality. The history of this cozy neighborhood goes such, that, long back, the place used to be inhabited by rich coffee barons of the city, as of today, most of their ostentatious mansions and palatial houses have been converted to hotels and resorts. It is not only a great place to stay, but also a great neighborhood to stroll around and check the architectural marvels and the cultural heritage of the town. Important landmarks and attractions like Parque España, Museo de Jade, Escuela Metallica and Museum of Contemporary Art are a part of this wonderful neighborhood.