Sleep Inn Paseo Las Damas
Avenida 3 entre calles 9 y
Phone: (506) 25 216500
Avenida 3 entre calles 9 y 11 Frente al Parque Morazan, San Jose, CR
- Phone: (506) 25 216500
This temple is an imitation of the temple of love and music in Versailles. The painter Francisco Salazar, who became an architect, tore down a wooden kiosk and put this temple in its place. Inaugurated December 24, 1920, the temple served as the place for political speeches and even an exchange of powers. During the 20th century, orchestras and city bands used to offer concerts and serenades to the peasants. The temple was recently restored with the rest of Morazan Park. Nowadays, the San José City Band and the National Symphonic Orchestra offer concerts here, on special occasions.
The center offers exhibitions of important artists from Costa Rica and abroad. Additionally, it serves as an experimental theater, and it often hosts art workshops. Those with a particular interest in modern art should visit, as you are bound to learn about the soul of Costa Rica here. The theater is recommended only to those who are fluent in Spanish. Because of its central location, you could visit here as part of a cultural day out. Admission prices vary by the production.
The park, located in the expanding city of San José, has tropical trees providing welcome shade. San José locals of all ages come here to eat their lunches, read their papers, or watch their children play. If you are intent on a day of sightseeing on the town, plan to take a break here to rehydrate and have a snack.
This is the place to visit for assistance with national and international phone calls. Additionally, you can make collect calls (for a fee). Other services include AT&T direct and Sprint services. If you do not feel able to tackle the public telephone system on your own, the helpful staff here will make sure that you get your telephone call through. The firm's convenient location also makes it worthwhile to stop by if you are in San Jose.
This is a tourist information center that is located on the 11th floor of a building downtown. The helpful and bilingual staff will answer your questions regarding where to stay, what the local attractions are, and how to travel around the city. They can also provide free city and country maps. If you are arriving at the airport, you will also find a branch of this office located behind the customs area. The airport branch is open 9a-5p M-F and can be contacted directly at +1 506 442 1820.
If you are British and are planning to spend some time in Costa Rica, you should note contact information for your embassy, so if anything goes wrong you will know were to turn. It is very unlikely that anything will happen to you, personally, but there is never a guarantee that travelers will not lose their passports in one way or another, and should that happen, the very next thing you must do, after notifying the police, is arrange emergency documentation. Helpful general advice to British travelers is available here as well.
Canadians traveling in Costa Rica should take note of the address and contact details, just in case. Should anything go wrong during your visit, including the loss or theft of a passport, contact your embassy. Make a report here as well as with the police, and arrange for emergency documentation. The staff can also answer questions on health issues, security, travel, Canadian investments and policies in Costa Rica. Those planning a long-term stay should register their details here as well.
This is Costa Rica's principle institute of higher learning, offering undergraduate and graduate courses of study, and doing research in the arts and sciences. It attracts a diverse population and youthful travelers will find plenty to do in the area around the university. The city of San Pedro is full of buzzing restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Not only students have fun here, the area is also frequented by writers, poets and other artists.
Before taking a step into Costa Rica's National Parks, learn about their natural wealth by visiting this 20-acre theme park run by the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBioparque). It features three native ecosystems: tropical moist, tropical dry and Central Valley native forests. Bilingual guides take you on a two-hour tour. Benches, natural shade and a restaurant offering local cuisine add to an enjoyable learning experience.
If you, find yourself in any trouble in Costa Rica, make your way to your embassy. It is especially important to report the loss or theft of a passport. Advice is also available on questions such as health, including information regarding medication needed in certain areas, security, travel and the policy of your country in Costa Rica. Long term residents should register their details with the embassy for security and contact purposes.
This house, constructed of bahareque and other traditional materials, and furnished with antiques, was once the President's townhouse at the end of the 19th century. Here, you can take an excellent tour to learn about Costa Rican traditions, such as the daily life and the everyday activities of the countrymen. The museum's guided tours also provide information about Costa Rican costumes and traditional games.
This museum exhibits more than 50,000 insects and arthropods. It is the first step towards the creation of the Bioplanet Biodiversity Institute. This permanent exhibit is part of the collection that biologist Richard Whittem has accumulated throughout the past 30 years. When beginning the journey, you can enjoy a video about insects and arthropods in natural Costa Rican sceneries. The second part features a visit to the museum halls that display colorful ants, termites, ladybugs, beetles, grasshoppers, fireflies and spiders from every corner of the world. This museum offers both English and Spanish tours. Admission is CRC4,500.