Costa Rica News –Whilst over one million tourists come to Costa Rica each year to enjoy the country’s ecological highlights, a growing proportion of visitors are starting to discover that there is more to the nation than just exotic beaches and dramatic waterfalls.
San José has recently been enjoying a real renaissance that’s helped the capital city become so much more than a backpacker’s stopover on their way into the jungle.
From a growing range of stylish gastropubs, to some seriously grand museums, theatres and casinos, San José is showing that it has everything that the modern tourist could wish for.
The downtown area of Costa Rica is becoming increasingly renowned for having culinary attractions that are about so much more than rice and beans. Whether it’s an atmospheric Argentine steakhouse like Aquí Es, or a stylish Asian restaurant like Tin Jo, there’s a been a real shift towards embracing innovative global cuisines.
The same can be seen in the city’s newfound enthusiasm for craft beers, with breweries like Perro Vida helping to make San José’s bar scene a touch more idiosyncratic. There’s nothing like heading down to one of the city’s legendary pubs like Stiefel to sample one of the incredible local microbrews to illustrate just how quickly things are changing in this fun-loving city.
In terms of entertainments, then music fans should definitely check out hotspots like the Hoxton Pub that shows that San José has no problem in keeping up with the latest cutting-edge sounds.
And whilst some of the gambling establishments like Casino Amon and Colonial Casino might be a little retro compared to the innovative live casino games that you can find online at InterCasino, they are still a great way to understand why so many Costa Ricans love playing card games like rummy.
And sometimes it’s the old-school attractions in San José that are the best. There are few more extravagant sights in the city than the much-loved National Theater, and several other grand buildings like the Museo de Jade show that this is a city that thrives on making a big impression.
The Museo de Jade has recently undergone a vast expansion to help it showcase more of the incredible ancient art and jade artefacts of the region. All of which shows that despite some modern innovations, it’s still San José’s more old-school attractions that continue to bring the crowds.