San José Tourism, Costa Rica

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San José (literally meaning "Saint Joseph", pronounced: [saŋ xoˈse]) is the capital of Costa Rica, western province of San José, and the nation's largest city. Located in the Central Valley, San José is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of this Central American nation. The population of San José Canton is 288,054, though the metropolitan area stretches beyond the canton limits and comprises a third of the country's population. It is named in honor of Joseph of Nazareth. Though few people live in the city center, it is the most important working area of the country, which brings in more than a million people daily. Despite its problems, according to studies in Latin America, San José is still one of the safest and least violent cities in the region. In 2006, the city was appointed Ibero-American Capital of Culture. San José is the sixth most important destination in Latin America, according to The MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index 2012. San José ranked 15th in the world’s fastest growing destination cities by visitor cross-border spending.


Unplug yourself and have a laid-back vacation at San José, Costa Rica. This city offers countless opportunities to click pictures for your travel journal. After your splendid visit to San José, you can proceed to an important near-by city of Jaco. So, ideally any vacation planner would recommend you to visit Jaco for its bountiful attractions like Costa Rica Waterfall Tours, Jaco Beach, Atv Adventure Tours Costa Rica on your trip to San José. A holiday in San José can generally be of 1-2 days.

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- Know before you go to San José

Facts and Stats for San José*

  • Pollution Statistics in San José

    Know the pollution level of San José before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 41.38 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 51.09 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 59.09 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 70.65 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 23.91 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 67.39 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 46.15 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 42.86 (Moderate)
  • San José: Crime and Safety

    How safe is San José for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in San José.

    • Burglary and Theft 50.93 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 64.35 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 62.74 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 68.75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 50 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 61.57 (High)
    • Attacks 39.81 (Low)
    • Drug offense 62.04 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 69.09 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 23.18 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 24.04 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 8.96 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 59.43 (Moderate)
  • Living in San José - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of San José is 121.07 (High)

    • Safety Index 46.49 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 99.48 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 53.24 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 66.84 (Very High)
    • Cost of Living Index 58.93 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 62.99 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.62 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 54.74 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in San José

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in San José

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.06 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.2 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 61.81 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 102.62 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 71.42 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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