Delicious dish made with beans, rice, meat or fish, and fried plantains.
Dish made of beans and rice which can be served with fried eggs and corn tortillas.
Typical dish made of raw fish marinated in lime juice and spices.
Traditional drink made from sugar cane.
Typical food of San Jose, Costa Rica
The cuisine in this destination is an exquisite mixture of local ingredients, with a variety of dishes that will invite you to learn about the traditions and customs of the city.
The cuisine of this region in Costa Rica is generally healthy and based on the use of meat, fresh vegetables, and herbs. Rice and beans are also key ingredients in its gastronomy. One of the most traditional dishes in San Jose is "Casado", which means 'married'. It is based on beans, rice, meat or fish, fried bananas, and a salad of cabbage and tomatoes, and it is commonly called this way due to the eternal "marriage" of its ingredients. Another popular dish is "Gallo Pinto", usually served as breakfast and consisting of beans and rice, seasoned with onions and sweet peppers, usually served with fried eggs and corn tortillas. Another typical dish is the delicious "Chancletas", prepared with baked and stuffed vegetable pears, with a delicious puree of ground cheese, cream, and sugar, covered with grated cheese. As part of the typical specialties, you can enjoy the delicious "Sopa de mondongo", a pot with meat and vegetables, including beef and fried plantains; and the popular ground meat with tomato, onion, green banana peel, and spices. Fish and shellfish also are an important of its cuisine, and the most consumed are corvina and dorado. Ceviche is a dish consisting of raw fish only marinated with lime juice, cilantro, and onion.
To enjoy the regional dishes, soft drinks based on pineapple, strawberry, blackberry, passion fruit, guava, and tamarind are excellent options. Also, beer, rum, Guaro, and a liquor made made from sugar cane, are very popular. Some other beverages are "Chicheme", prepared with corn, ginger, and "dulce negro"; the "Chinchiv", coyol wine, heritage of the Chorotegas people; and eggnog. Coffee is also a very popular beverage and its aroma and flavor are unique.
The corn flour biscuits and homemade bread are also very popular. For dessert you can try the coconut or the three milks custards, "cocadas", coconut sweets; "Suspiros", and the exquisite milk caramel with grated coconut and sugar cane, prepared during Eastern.
At Mercado Central de San Jose, considered National Heritage, you can enjoy any of these exquisite dishes or beverages. If you prefer, there are popular restaurants to enjoy delicious local cuisine, as Jicaras del Campo, among others.
San Jose has a very rainy season and a very dry season. Make sure to bring an umbrella in the rainy season and to drink enough water during the dry season.
The weather in San Jose can be very warm and humid; you should wear light clothing, preferably made of natural fibers to keep you cool and dry.
The dry season is sunnier. Protect your skin and your children's by using sunscreen, apply it several times during the day.
The weather in San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica has a dry tropical climate with a pronounced dry season and a rainy season. The annual average temperature is 21 °C (69 °F), mainly due to the elevation of 1,170 meters (3,897 ft) above sea level. Temperatures vary little throughout the year and there are winds during the summer that reduce the felt air temperature.
What to bring by season
Rainy season (May to November): this season in San Jose has the highest average rainfall with 238 mm (9.3 in) and about 20 rainy days per month. The temperatures are warm with average highs of 26 °C (78 °F), average lows of 18 °C (64 °F), and an overall average temperature of 22 °C (71 °F). The rainiest months are September and October with 319 and 279 mm (12.5 and 10.9 in) of precipitation per month. We recommend wearing light and comfortable clothing to keep you cool, preferably made of quick drying fibers, and a light sweater for the cooler evenings. You should always carry an umbrella or a rain jacket and remember to use sunscreen even on the cloudy days.
Dry season (December to April): these months in San Jose are considerably drier than the previous season, with an average monthly rainfall of 24 mm (1 inch). December and April may still have some rain, while January, February, and March are the driest months. Temperatures drop very slightly, averaging 20 °C (68 °F). There is an average high temperature of 24 °C (75 °F) and an average low of 17 °C (62 °F). We recommend wearing light clothing, sunglasses, and a hat, as well as using sunscreen during the day. We also suggest you to wear a light sweater in the evenings.
San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, is nestled in the plateu of Valle Central. In late 19th century, the city had an accelerated development and became the third city in the world and the first in Latin America with electrical power, after the opening of a hydroelectricity power station in 1884.
San Jose is a town with a very rich cultural offer, featuring theaters as Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica and Teatro Popular Melico Salazar. The city also houses several museums, including Museo del Oro Precolombino and Museo Nacional, as well as Museo de los Niños, an interactive science museum for children, and Museo de Jade, with a large collection of pre-Columbian jade pieces.
Other interesting places in town are Edificio de Correos and Barrio Amon, a historic neighborhood housing luxurious mansions from the late 19th century, when the city had a fast development. You can be close to nature at Parque Metropolitano La Sabana, a 72-hectare (178 acres) area in the heart of San Jose.
Costa Rica has around the 5% of the world’s biodiversity. About the 25% of the country’s surface is protected within a national park or Natural Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In the surrounding area of San Jose, you can visit the national parks of Volcano Poas or Braulio Carrillo.
***The official currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC).