Province of San Jose trip planner
Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free
Province of San Jose
San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. Located in the Central Valley, in the western province of the country, San José is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of this Central American nation. The population of San José Canton was 288,054 in 2011, and San José’s municipal land area measures 44.2 square kilometers (17.2 square miles), and an estimated 333,980 residents in 2015. The metropolitan area stretches beyond the canton limits and has an estimated population of over 2 million in 2017. The city is named in honor of Joseph of Nazareth.Though few people live in the city center, it is the most important working area of the country, which brings in more than a million people daily. Despite its problems, according to studies in Latin America, San José is still one of the safest and least violent cities in the region. In 2006, the city was appointed Ibero-American Capital of Culture.San José is the sixth-most important destination in Latin America, according to The MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index 2012. San José ranked 15th in the world’s fastest-growing destination cities by visitor cross-border spending.HistoryThe population grew during the eighteenth-century colonial planning, which was different from the traditional foundation plans of Spanish cities in the continent.Founded in 1738 by order of Cabildo de León, its objective was to concentrate the scattered inhabitants of the Aserrí Valley. To do so, the construction of a chapel near the area known as La Boca del Monte was ordered; this was completed two years later. That year St. Joseph was chosen as parish patron, hence its current name. The chapel, which was very modest, was erected with help from the church of Cartago.Province of San Jose is in Costa Rica. Put Province of San Jose at the heart of your travel plans by using our Costa Rica road trip planning website .
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Province of San Jose
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Top Province of San Jose tours
11-Day Tour from San Jose: Monteverde Cloud Forest and Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Parks BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $1,358
Duration: 11 days
8-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose: Arenal Volcano National Park, Alajuela and Guanacaste BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $1,084
Duration: 8 days
Places to visit in Province of San Jose
View all >
Hidden gems in Province of San Jose
Nature in Province of San Jose
View all >
Kid-friendly things to do in Province of San Jose
View all >
Recently planned trips to Province of San Jose
24 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in San Jose BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in Brazil, Chile & Costa Rica BY A USER FROM HUNGARY January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in San Jose BY A USER FROM BRAZIL November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium