San Jose is the largest city in Costa Rica and a popular tourist destination. If you are looking to experience a beautiful destination with a lot of diversity, you might consider booking a cruise that includes San Jose. Most of such cruises include San Jose on their itinerary, but there are some cruises that start in San Jose (really, it's nearby cruise port, Puerto Limon). This capital city is filled with European architecture, a deep-rooted art and culture scene, beautiful theaters, and many museums. There are also numerous parks, zoos, coffee shops, and affordable restaurants (called sodas) that you can explore during your time in San Jose. A great time time to visit San Jose is during its dry season, which is from December to April.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in San Jose, along with a brief description:
♦ La Sabana Metropolitan Park
Located in downtown San Jose, La Sabana Metropolitan Park is Costa Rica’s largest urban park, and a wonderful place to check out before or after your cruise. Since this park is right in the city, it offers a relaxing refuge from the hustle of city life. Inside this park, you can find the Costa Rican Art Museum, the National Stadium, a lake, jogging tracks, and more.
♦ National Theatre of Costa Rica
Constructed in 1891, Costa Rica’s national theatre is one of the most magnificent buildings in the country. While still in operation as a performing arts venue today, the theater is mainly a point of interest for travelers. The exterior of this famous landmark is designed with Neo-Classical architecture, while the inside features sumptuous décor, including large ceiling murals that will simply take your breath away. Outside, you will also find a few 7th century statues of famous composers and playwrights. If you are visiting San Jose during the day, you can partake in a self-guided tour of the theater, as well as catch complimentary performances at noon (subject to change).
♦ Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
If you have some time before or after your cruise from San Jose, consider stopping by the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, where you can admire over 1,600 pre-Columbian gold artifacts dating back as early as 500 AD. Among the items made out of gold are coins, animal statue, jewelry, and more. The National Coin Museum is also located in the Gold Museum features currency artifacts from as far back as the 13th century.
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