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Fast Facts

The San José region of Costa Rica is renowned for its coffee plantations and two celebrated volcanoes: Poás and Irazú.

The city became the capital of Costa Rica in 1823, one of the youngest capitals in Latin America.

Although Spanish is the national language, English is widely spoken.

Many of the city’s older buildings were modeled after predominantly French and Belgian architecture.

Region: Costa Rica

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When to Go

Since San José is at a higher elevation (around 3,800 feet) than much of Costa Rica, temperatures can feel a bit cooler at 65 to 75 F. Mid-December through April is considered the country’s dry season. It is also the most popular time to visit.

January is a great month to vacation here, after the rains have ended but while the rainforests are still lush and the beaches warm and sunny.

Throughout the year, temperatures outside of San José generally remain in the balmy mid-70s F through the mid-80s F.

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