Pre-Columbian Gold Museum : The highlight of the Museos Banco Central de Costa Rica, this splendid collection of pre-Columbian gold and jade displays a cornucopia of indigenous ornaments and artifacts. Also here is an excellent numismatic museum.
National Theater : San José’s architectural pride and joy gleams after a recent restoration. View by day, then don your duds for a evening classical performance in season.
Fidel Tristán Jade Museum : The world’s largest collection of pre-Columbian jade ornamentation is exhibited in creative displays in a new facility.
Parque Nacional : A breath of fresh air in the crowded city, this leafy park is the setting for the Monumento Nacional.
Mercado Central : Tuck your wallet safely away to explore this tight-packed warren of stalls and stores selling everything from pig’s heads to saddles. This is a great place to eat for pennies in true Tico fashion.