San Jose is the largest city and Capital of Costa Rica. San Jose is the seat of the national government, the focal point of political and economic activity and the major transportation hub. Although the population of San Jose is 288,058, this is the most important working area of the country with over 1 million people commuting to San Jose daily.
For many years visitors only thought of San Jose as a layover point to a beach or a more tropical destination on the Pacific or Caribbean side of the country. However, Costa Rica's capital in recent years has began to thrive as a more modern and sophisticated destination. Thanks to a modern generation of foodies, entrepreneurs and artists San Jose is now home to several lively festivals, brew pubs, incredibly delicious restaurants, and new modern shopping destinations