• Museums

    San Jose has a few museums that are worth visiting. Without any doubt, the Jade Museum is the best one in Costa Rica. It just reopened its doors with a new focus and great technology for a museum. The Jade museum, also has one of the biggest archeological collections of the country, and it is completely opened for visitors to enjoy.

    If you like art, San Jose offers a nice range of options, from museums to art galleries and art cafes. Every couple of months there is a city wide activity named Art City Tour, in which all museums are open for free from 5 to 9 pm, for just one day.


    Some of these museums are:

    1. Gold and Numismatic Museum of Central Bank
    2. Jade Museums
    3. National Museums
    4. Contemporary Art Museum
    5. Costa Rica Art Museum


    Even though, Costa Rica does not have many colonial buildings, there are a few of very interesting old buildings that are worth seeing. In San Jose downtown there is Yellow House and the Metal School, which are very interesting. In La Plaza de la Cultura you can find the National Theater, one the jewels of Costa Rica. Also, don´t miss the golden room at the Costa Rican Art Museum. You may want to hop on one of the small buses that go around the city on a very small City Tour, to see all this interesting spots in the city.

    Also, there are a few galleries scatter in San Jose that may capture your attention, with new bold artist and very actual topics. If you would like to buy art souvenirs from Costa Rica avoiding commercial souvenir stores, you may want to visit some of the Costa Rican design stores in San Jose. Some of these designing stores are: Arteria, De Aqui y De Alla, Tienda Ñ, and Hola Lola, among others.


    Banana Adventure Tour can help you include some of these museums in your vacation. Write us and let us know how you want your vacation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    Museo de Arte Costarricense

    Museo de Arte Costarricense - La Sabana

  • San Jose

    Small but fun city of San Jose

    San Jose is the main city of Costa Rica, and the name of one of the 7 provinces. It is located in the center of the country in the Central Valley. The city is full of surprises, and in most weekends all year round there are cultural activities going on. Visiting downtown is a must, since it is small and it gives the complete cultural experience with street musicians and the popular Central Market.

    Although it is a small city, its night life and gastronomic options makes it a nice place to be. One interestingthing about San Jose is that it offers many options for vegetarians and vegans, including a vegan pub and bar.

    There are some museums that are worth visiting, such as the Jade Museum, the Gold Museum and the National Museum, among others. Finally, it is also a place from which many one day tours can be taken; its surrounding areas are very beautiful and interesting.


    Things to do at San Jose downtown:

    • Gold Museum
    • Artisan market
    • Sightseeing downtown
    • Central market
    • Jade Museum
    • National Theater
    • Barrio Amón
    • Lincohn Plaza Mall
    • Mall Multiplaza


    Banana Adventure Tours offers services to plan a trip to San Jose, combined with other places. It can be a group or individually. Write us to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fill out the request form.

    Teatro Nacional

     Outside National Theather, San Jose