Costa Rican history dates back to about 10,000 BC, the pre-Columbian period when indigenous nations settled in fertile valleys and lived in the shadows of active volcanoes and known for its colonial architecture and being the happiest country in the world. Enjoy this road trip itinerary is designed for history lovers.
After arriving at Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José and renting your car. We suggest starting your adventure with a trip to Mercado Central, featuring over 200 shops, food stalls, and sodas (traditional restaurants).
Then visit the Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Church), whose interior combines Greek Orthodox, neoclassical, and Baroque stles, and features wood carvings and stained-glass windows.
There's also a pair of popular museums in San José: Museo del Oro Precolumbino (Pre-Columbian Gold Museum)
Museo del Jade—the world's largest collection of pre-Columbian jade artifacts.
Be sure to explore Barrio Amón, a historic neighborhood home mansions built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Spend your evening in the colorful and calm Costa Rica's National Theater found in Downton San Jose
And end your day with a sumptuous dinner at Sapore Trattoria San José. The overall restaurant has a homey and rustic feel. We suggest you order the linguini with mushroom sauce and sausage(champignon), eggplant parm, Cesar salad, and flatbread(excellent-they must use for the pizza) and tiramasu.
Ready to immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s history? Rent your car with Finalrentals here.