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It might appear that the traveller who decides to visit Costa Rica would be better to stay clear of tarmac roads, given the vast array of nature within reach, full of impressive forests and paradisiacal beaches. But the capital is well worth a closer look, staying at one of the Barceló Hotels & Resorts in Costa Rica’s San José which provides the essential context needed to get to know the country. Its colonial past, deeply rooted in the coffee plantations that still surround the city, its museums and its lively social and cultural life are also part of the Costa Rican motto “Pura Vida” that has become internationally known.

San José’s colonial heritage

The jewel of San José’s colonial architecture is the National Theatre. Built by coffee barons in 1879, it was the first in the region to have its own electricity supply and offers a variety of cultural events. Not forgetting the Correos (post office) building and the avenues: Central - more commercial - and Segunda – which runs parallel to the former and where the Cathedral, the San José church and the Central square, are all to be found. The strategic location of Barceló Hotels & Resorts in San José de Costa Rica allows the traveller to get to know the best areas from a truly modern state of the art hotel.

The hospitality and joyful nature of the Ticos

The character of the Ticos (as Costa Ricans are known) can be felt in the streets of San José as well as at Barceló Hotels & Resorts in San José de Costa Rica. A visit to the Mercado Central (central market), which is still located in original building, constructed in 1880, allows visitors to sample local dishes and soak up the joyful atmosphere of this corner of the world, or sit in any bar and drink an authentic Costa Rican coffee. A tour of Costa Rica in a single cup.

If you would like to get to know Costa Rica’s most paradisiacal beaches, do not forget to visit the other hotels in Costa Rica from the Barceló Hotel Group.