San José is the biggest city in Costa Rica, named in honor of Joseph of Nazareth, legal father of Jesus Christ in the Christian religion; it is also the capital of the country as well as of the province of the same name. The city is situated in the center of the country, in the mid-west portion of the Central Valley, 1,100 meters above sea level. San Jose is the seat of the national government, the point of convergence of most political and economic activities in the country, and it is the primary transportation hub in Costa Rica where you will find one of the country’s two international airport, the Juan Santamaría International Airport (Airport Code: SJO).
San José stands out among other great Latin American cities for its quality of life, as well as for its security, high level of globalization, general environmental performance and the quality of its public services. According to studies on Latin America, San José is one of the safest and least violent city in the whole region.
The population of San José as of 2017 was approximately 340 000, but more than 1 million people pass through the city daily.
The climate in San José is a mixt of tropical wet and tropical dry. It is part of the so-called Tierras Templadas and as such has very pleasant temperatures throughout the year, with cool nights and warm days. Precipitations vary significantly between the driest month (February 6.3 mm) and the wettest month (September 355.1 mm), while average temperatures do not vary much at all, with only 2°C or 3°C difference between the hottest month (April 23.7 °C) and the coolest month (October 21.8 °C ) of the year.
San Jose being one of the most important cities in Latin America has therefor a great number of interesting cultural and historical things to see and do; so if you are in the San José area, it might be worth your while spend a day exploring and discovering this important Central American city and for those looking for some fun on the sand, the closest, most popular beach near San José is Jaco on the pacific coast, approximately 100km away.