San José Province, Costa Rica
The San José province is located in the center of Costa Rica and home to the country’s capital city of the same name. The province is bordered by the Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Limón and Puntarenas provinces and has a population of more than 1.5 million people. The capital city of San José became the third city in the world to use electric energy to illuminate its streets and houses in 1884, trailing only New York City and Paris.
San José Metro Region
The Metro region is home to the capital city of San José. Located in the fertile and lush Central Valley it is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in all of Central America. It enjoys a reputation for being smog, traffic and congestion free, making it stand out among most other Central and South American cities. San José is a wonderful place for tourists to set up camp to explore the countries many natural wonders, with easy access to the provinces and coast lines by highway or regional planes.
San José Highlands Region
The highlands region is shared with the Alajuela province and is home to towering volcanoes and distant mountain ridges. One can easily take a car ride out of downtown San José and drive through the quaint and charming region, seeing its coffee covered hillsides, beautiful hills and valleys and enjoy a few days staying in the regions unique and relaxing lodges. Year-round beautiful weather allows for the lush green and gorgeous blossoming trees to color the scenery in a beautiful and picture perfect manner for visitors any time of year. Some popular destinations include the towns of Grecia, Sarchi and San Ramon.
Central Valley Region
Just south of the capital is the Central Valley, a region covering a large portion of central Costa Rica. This area is home to the Irazu Volcano, a breathtaking site that visitors can reach within a short drive from the capital. The Irazu Volcano has its own park and visitors can visit the top of the volcano, staring down into its cloud-laced, vibrant green pool that lies in its cone or look out beyond to the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean on a clear day. Volcan Irazu is the most active and largest volcano in Costa Rica, last erupting in 1963. The area is also home to the oldest church in Costa Rica, built in 1734 in Orosi and many other archeological wonders and ruins.