One of the great highlights of traveling through Costa Rica, is meandering through the streets of the capital city San Jose. Yes, everyone wants to hit the beaches and rain forests, but a day or two spent in the capital gives a little foundation to the adventure. A ton of markets on the streets to shop in, with anything you can think of! Some markets are formal and ongoing, but most are Pop ups where haggling is the norm. Vibrant colors, wafts of food and warm characters line the streets around the plazas and parques. Highlights here are the archealogical museum, the national theatre, plaza principal, Central market...... Gran Hotel is a great place to stay in the center of town too... In the historic area, the hotel sits right across the street from the national theatre, where you can catch great symphonies and ballets.... The old feel to the hotel makes you think you are sitting at the bar or outdoor restaurant, waiting for Hemingway to join you about his latest Latin American Adventures!