Posted July 16, 2010 by Kate HammanAs Costa Rica's capital, San Jose serves as the cultural epicenter of the country. While many come to Costa Rica for adventure and outdoor activities, San Jose offers plenty to do indoors, such as seeing the country's riches in its Central Bank Museums. And though the city is fairly new, you can return to the 1930s by dining and staying in converted homes without busting your budget.
Museos Banco Central: Come learn about the country's monetary history through the Central Bank Museums' exhibits displayed in its Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, the Numismatic Museum, and the Temporary Exhibition Galleries. Find a wealth of information about Costa Rica's Pre-Columbian past, including gold and ceramic pieces created by indigenous people, as well as coins and currency in circulation from colonial times to now.
Bakea Restaurante: Located in the neighborhood Amon, the first planned residential area in San Jose, Bakea turned a 1934 home into a thriving restaurant. As you dine, Chef Camille Ratton works her magic in the kitchen with New and Old World spices. Stop by for a quick panini or wrap for lunch, or enjoy a leisurely dinner in one of the many rooms or outside on the terrace.
Casa 69: Located less than a 10-minute walk from downtown in a 1938 house, Casa 69 offers an ideal home base while visiting San Jose. While here, you can enjoy the views from the rooftop deck, relax in the hot tub, or have afternoon coffee with other guests. And on top of all of these perks, rooms with a queen-sized bed start at only $45 per night, and include continental breakfast.
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(Photo: Instituto Costarricense de Turismo)
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