Gateway to Costa Rica.
The Central Region is the country's gateway, but in itself
offers a wide range of activities and attractions worth
exploring. One of the main characteristics is its pleasant
climate, since even San José, located 1.149 meters
above sea level (3.734° Ft), enjoys an average temperature
of 24 C (77° Ft). A gastronomic variety and high level
lodgings characterize this region, and let's nor forget
the bed & breakfasts and the popular "sodas"
or small local food restaurants. Five of the best museums
in the country are in the capital: the Gold, Jade, National,
Contemporary Art and Children's museums, in addition to
the maximum architectural jewel of Costa Rica: The National
Theatre, built in 1897 through a self?imposed coffee tax
and reflecting European cultural influence.
||Dance halls and discos where tropical rhythms
vibrate, as well as fashionable pubs are part of the San José's
night atmosphere. San José is also headquarters of
the country's government and political life. Cultural activities,
such as the theatre and contemporary dance, as well as academic
activities are also an integral part of an area that boasts
high standards in education and health.
|In San José's surrounding areas, typical
towns of great scenic beauty and rural landscapes offer, a
glance of the former Costa Rica, with its tile roof houses,
large solariums, domestic animals, "trapiches" and
dairies, as well as ox carts, one of the leading rural symbols
of Costa Rican. The fairs of the patron saints, as well as
San José's "Festejos Populares" in December,
are some of the traditional activities offered to the visitor.
The great scenic beauty that is the central
region of Costa Rica, a result of the Central Volcanic Mountain
range that on addition to its attractive mountains, also
includes impressive active volcanoes like the Poás
and the Irazú.
This region, due to its climate and altitude, is also
the area that has the best conditions for coffee production,
for which Costa Rica is famous. Other farming includes,
vegetables, ferns, fruits and a great variety of ornamental
plant nurseries. In some mountain sites, trout fishing
is practiced and then served in succulent plates.
Another jewel of the region is the Basilica of Los Angeles:
Costa Rica's Cathedral and maximum religious symbol, located
in the city of Cartago, former capital of the country.
More than a church, it is a sanctuary, where the faithful,
devoted to the Virgin of Los Angeles carry out a pilgrimage
every August 2nd, day on which her appearance to a humble
native of the region is commemorated. Without a doubt,
the central region means much more than the gateway, to