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When planning a trip to Costa Rica, travellers often overlook San José. And that is indeed a pity. Although the beaches, cloud forests and volcanoes are the country’s main attractions, the capital is the perfect place to soak up the local culture.
The compact city is a delight to explore on foot. Time seems to have stood still at the large Mercado Central market, while elsewhere the majestic colonial villas of the former coffee farmers have been transformed into trendy restaurants, galleries and gastropubs. If you are just arriving from abroad, San José is a lovely place to get acclimatized.