Visits

Visits

Tourists have lots of things to discover in the San José area, especially in the north and east. Barrio Escalante, is directly to the east of the National Park and was one of the most powerful and affluent areas at the end of XIX century and the beginning of the XX century. It was full of small homes, gardens and mansions belonging to coffee plantation owners. Take a walk along 5th Avenue to get the best views, including the Santa Teresita Church, the small French Park and the museum of Doctor Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia.  The large yellow mansion is open to the public every day, except Mondays, and describes the lifestyle of the ex-president and his efforts to help the poor. Some of the smallest hotels and the most beautiful of San José are located in Barrio Amón and Barrio Otoya, in and around  3rd and 11th Avenues and between Central and 17th Streets. If you are interested in architecture, you have to see these areas. To the north of España Park, there are sidewalks, some covered with handmade tiles, that lead to the Victorian style restored mansions. Do not forget to see the Moro Castle, to the extreme north of 3rd Street, built in 1925 as a private residence, the white castle is Moorish in style ostentatiously lined with long windows and german style plasterwork and detail, trimmed with hand painted tiles that go around the tetragon shaped chapel of the castle which is on the main road that leads to Limón.