San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. Located in the Central Valley, the city is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of this Central American nation.

Founded in 1738 by order of Cabildo de León, San José is one of the youngest capital cities in Latin America by year of conception, though it was not named capital until 1823.[1] Today it is a modern city with bustling commerce, brisk expressions of art and architecture, and spurred by the country’s improved tourism industry, it is a significant destination and stopover for foreign visitors. The population of San José Canton is 365,799. There is a quiet but thriving gay community here with several hotels, bars and clubs.



San Jos???? is the capital and largest city of Costa
San Jos???? is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. Located in the Central Valley, San Jos???? is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of this Central American nation.
Overview of San Jose; Founded in 1738 by order of
Overview of San Jose; Founded in 1738 by order of Cabildo de Le????n, San Jos???? is one of the youngest capital cities in Latin America by year of conception, though it was not named capital until 1823. Today it is a modern city with bustling commerce, brisk expressions of art and architecture, and spurred by the country's improved tourism industry, it is a significant destination and stopover for foreign visitors.
Overview of San Jos????
Overview of San Jos????
Overview of San Jos????
Overview of San Jos????
San Jose cathedral
San Jose cathedral
Staure of Pope John Paul II
Staure of Pope John Paul II
Exterior of National Museum of Costa Rica
Exterior of National Museum of Costa Rica
National Museum of Costa Rica
National Museum of Costa Rica
Jade exhibit in National Museum of Costa Rica
Jade exhibit in National Museum of Costa Rica
Antiquity pottery (fertility rite?) in National Museum of Costa Rica
Antiquity pottery (fertility rite?) in National Museum of Costa Rica
National Museum of Costa Rica
National Museum of Costa Rica
Mayan gold in National Museum of Costa Rica
Mayan gold in National Museum of Costa Rica
Courtyard veranda in National Museum of Costa Rica
Courtyard veranda in National Museum of Costa Rica
Speaks for itself
Speaks for itself
Former president of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Nobel Peace
Former president of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Nobel Peace Prize recipient 1987 As President, he intervened against the activities of U.S.-backed Contras on Costa Rican territory. Although critical of the political system in Nicaragua, Arias has concentrated on engaging Nicaragua and the other Central American states in a peace-making process. In May 1986, he met the Presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua to discuss the proposals for a peaceful solution that had been worked out by the Contadora group. They did not reach full agreement, but early in 1987 Arias succeeded in calling a new meeting at which he submitted his own peace plan, departing in some respects from the Contadora plan. The accord approved by the five Presidents in Guatemala on August 7 was based on President Arias's plan.
Mayan native people
Mayan native people
Stone ball in the museum courtyard
Stone ball in the museum courtyard
Bullet-ridden turret at the museum
Bullet-ridden turret at the museum
Legislative building in San Jose
Legislative building in San Jose
Artistic graffiti
Artistic graffiti
Memorial sculpture to the freedom fighters (Natives vs American William
Memorial sculpture to the freedom fighters (Natives vs American William Walker) in Parque Nacional
Memorial sculpture to the freedom fighters (Natives vs American William
Memorial sculpture to the freedom fighters (Natives vs American William Walker) in Parque Nacional
Local graffiti
Local graffiti
Local symbolic graffiti
Local symbolic graffiti
Erotic graffiti
Erotic graffiti
Abstract graffiti
Abstract graffiti
More graffiti
More graffiti
Local fruit vendor
Local fruit vendor
Graffiti everywhere
Graffiti everywhere
Mod religious graffiti
Mod religious graffiti
Train tracks go through the middle of the city; note
Train tracks go through the middle of the city; note upscale SUV
Train tracks go through the middle of the city
Train tracks go through the middle of the city
Train tracks go through the middle of the city
Train tracks go through the middle of the city
Democracy Plaza in front of the legislative building
Democracy Plaza in front of the legislative building
Fleur de Lys Hotel--comfortable, affordable
Fleur de Lys Hotel--comfortable, affordable
National Theatre
National Theatre
Board of Elections
Board of Elections
Cultural Center
Cultural Center
Plaza of Free Elections
Plaza of Free Elections
National Theatre
National Theatre
Modern-classical architecture
Modern-classical architecture
Entertainers in Parque Morazin
Entertainers in Parque Morazin
Entertainers in Parque Morazin
Entertainers in Parque Morazin
Parque Morazin
Parque Morazin
Tourist police
Tourist police
Conquistador statue in Park Morazin
Conquistador statue in Park Morazin
Former school building made of metal exterior plates
Former school building made of metal exterior plates
Former school building made of metal exterior plates
Former school building made of metal exterior plates
Porfirio Ricardo Jos???? Luis Daniel Oduber Quir????s (1921 - 1991)
Porfirio Ricardo Jos???? Luis Daniel Oduber Quir????s (1921 - 1991) served as President of Costa Rica from 1974 to 1978.
Parque Espana with music gazebo  (notorious for prostitution)
Parque Espana with music gazebo (notorious for prostitution)
Parque Espana  (notorious for prostitution)
Parque Espana (notorious for prostitution)
Varied architecture
Varied architecture
Central area crowded with traffic and commerce
Central area crowded with traffic and commerce
Central area crowded with traffic and commerce
Central area crowded with traffic and commerce
Central area crowded with traffic and commerce
Central area crowded with traffic and commerce
Warm weather brings off the shirts
Warm weather brings off the shirts
Central area crowded with traffic and commerce
Central area crowded with traffic and commerce
Central area crowded with traffic and commerce
Central area crowded with traffic and commerce
Street commerce; CDs for a dollar
Street commerce; CDs for a dollar
Mom and son
Mom and son
Waiting for a bus
Waiting for a bus
Something about transparencies and corruption (?)
Something about transparencies and corruption (?)
Supermarket
Supermarket
Mod clothes
Mod clothes
Pedestrian shopping street
Pedestrian shopping street
Pedestrian shopping street
Pedestrian shopping street
Central Park area
Central Park area
Park Espana music gazebo
Park Espana music gazebo
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park
Caravan Without Conditions for the love of the Haitian People
Caravan Without Conditions for the love of the Haitian People (post earthquake fundraiser)
Caravan Without Conditions for the love of the Haitian People
Caravan Without Conditions for the love of the Haitian People (post earthquake fundraiser selling T-shirts)
The blind and the lame in Central area
The blind and the lame in Central area
Grand Hotel Cost Rica in Central Parque
Grand Hotel Cost Rica in Central Parque
Grand Hotel Cost Rica in Central Parque
Grand Hotel Cost Rica in Central Parque
National Theatre
National Theatre
National Theatre
National Theatre
National Theatre statue of Calderon de la Barca
National Theatre statue of Calderon de la Barca
National Theatre head of Frederick Chopin
National Theatre head of Frederick Chopin
National Theatre statue of Beethoven
National Theatre statue of Beethoven
Interior of National Theatre
Interior of National Theatre
Interior of National Theatre
Interior of National Theatre
Interior of National Theatre
Interior of National Theatre
Spring blossoms outside Grand Hotel
Spring blossoms outside Grand Hotel
Gay-owned hotel Colours Resort
Gay-owned hotel Colours Resort
Gay-owned hotel Colours Resort
Gay-owned hotel Colours Resort
Gay-owned hotel Colours Resort
Gay-owned hotel Colours Resort
Owner of Colours Resort
Owner of Colours Resort
Gay-owned Casa 69 Hotel
Gay-owned Casa 69 Hotel
Gay-owned Casa 69 Hotel
Gay-owned Casa 69 Hotel
Breakfast at gay-owned Casa 69 Hotel
Breakfast at gay-owned Casa 69 Hotel
Owner of Casa 69 Hotel
Owner of Casa 69 Hotel