City where visitors from all over the world gather; It is a capital full of places of interest that reflect the history of a people, its art, its culture and its development. It has sites of interest to tourists. Among the most representative sites of the city, stands out the National Theater inaugurated in 1897, a pride of Costa Ricans and the historic center of the best national and foreign artists.
Most of the popular festivals are of religious origin, that is why they celebrate patron saint festivals in all the towns, but there are others that are born from a historical or popular event that has become a legend, such as La Llorona, El Cadejos, La Segua. The Cart without Oxen.
According to Mathgeneral, the most popular activities are racing horses, bull riding, bull bulls, food sales, carnivals, masquerades and the choice of “Tica Linda” (Party Queen).
Traditions characterize a country and are unique to each people that make it up. material or spiritual. As an example of material features we have: buildings, streets, parks, churches, monuments, libraries, schools, etc. As for the spirituals, the following are listed: beliefs, language, history, traditions, folklore, etc. Traditions have been formed in both family and community and were obtained from Aboriginal and Spanish ancestors.
The customs have been formed in both the family and the community and were obtained from Aboriginal and Spanish ancestors.
These customs are found at parties, at meals, in the way of expressing oneself and in the way of dealing with joys and sorrows. They are their own style of saying what the world around them looks like. These traditional festivals are based on shifts or small town fairs where they are sold: tamales, picadillos, corn, rice with various meats, chorreadas, natural soft drinks such as chan, mozote, pinolillo, fruits; meat roosters, salami, rice pudding, desserts, homemade bread and other foods.
The woman wore a ruffled skirt and a ruffled blouse. The blouse had a black ribbon. Around the neck they wore a black velvet ribbon hanging a golden medallion, their hair was adorned with natural flowers.
The man keeps suits of many colors as well as the women. They wear a simple outfit. The colors most used by men are blue and yellow. They put a scarf around their necks and also put on a red sash, which they take off when the time for the dance comes.
Places of interest
Among the most interesting places it offers are:
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
- The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum: Contains a collection of 1600 pre-Hispanic gold pieces dating from 500 to 1500 BC In addition to the pieces, dioramas are exhibited that reconstruct the daily life of the Costa Rican indigenous people prior to European contact, as well as the reconstruction of a royal tomb in the Díquis area, exhibits that explain the use and function of the pieces, the metallurgical technology used to make them and their social, religious and cultural function for aboriginal peoples.
- The Jade Museum.
- The National Theater from the late nineteenth century (undoubtedly the main building in the city).
- The national palace.
- The Cathedral of San José.
- Central Park.
- The National Park.
- The Bolivar Park.
- The Morazán Park.
From the capital you can make excursions to the surroundings, such as visiting the Central Plateau, visiting the city of Cartago, founded in the 16th century and later destroyed by the earthquakes of 1841 and 1910, reaching the impressive crater of Irazú, and walking through the valley of Orosí.
Personalities of San José
- Manuel Aguilar Bonilla. An eminent physician and surgeon, and a person of great professional and personal prestige, Dr. Aguilar Bonilla was elected in 1970 as First Vice President of the Republic, a position he held until 1974 ad honorem. On several occasions, he held the presidency temporarily due to the absence of President José Figueres Ferrer.
- Franklin Chang-Diaz. Astronaut (retired in July 2005) and Costa Rican physicist, born on April 5, 1950 in San José, Costa Rica, a US citizen since 1977.
- Aquileo Echeverría. Costa Rican writer, journalist and politician who was born in San José, Costa Rica on March 22, 1866. He was baptized with the name of Adolfo Dolores Aquileo de la Trinidad Echeverría Zeledón. In 1889 he collaborated with Rubén Darío in the newspaper “La Unión” in El Salvador, later he collaborated with the newspaper Guatemala Ilustrada.
- Neighel Drummond. Costa Rican soccer player who currently plays as a goalkeeper with the Universidad de Costa Rica of the Liga de Ascenso de Costa Rica.
- Carlos Francisco Monge. Costa Rican poet and essayist. In addition to his literary activity, he is a philologist and literary critic, and he teaches Hispanic literature at major university centers in his country.
- Carlos Gagini. Costa Rican writer of Swiss descent, born in San José, Costa Rica, in 1865, and died in that city in 1925. He distinguished himself as an educator and directed several educational establishments, including the most prominent, the Liceo de Costa Rica. Notable philologist, he wrote a celebrated Dictionary of Costa Ricanisms on the localisms of Costa Rica and other works on grammar and vocabulary; He also studied the indigenous languages of Costa Rica.