First Stop: San Jose

San Jose, Joseph has arrived! Well at this point he’s actually not in San Jose but he is about to recap his time there and what he’s doing in Central America anyways.

So, if you follow along with my Insta then you are quite aware that I am in Central America and that I am going to be traveling around here for a month. But why you ask? Why not! I had the time and the opportunity to do it so I took it!

Initially, this trip was going to stay in San Jose, which it clearly did, but was going to take a much different route than it has! In the beginning the plan was to start in San Jose, make my way to a few places in Costa Rica then go to Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize. BUT due to the political unrest in Nicaragua plans had to be altered slightly. However, I’m thankful to be safe and still having an amazing experience in the places I am traveling to.

But enough about all that! Let’s talk about San Jose and the things you should do while you’re here!

 

 

San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica, and is really a lovely place to visit. However, most people end up only staying here for a night or so in order to get to a different part of the country.

I spent about 3 days total, which I think is a good amount. Any longer and I do think you will begin to feel a bit bored.

 

 

Some highlights for me were walking around downtown and the historic districts where you can see all of these gorgeous and extremely colorful buildings around the city.

 

 

I love the old architecture and there is a very active and lively energy in San Jose.

 

 

Another great place to check out is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. It is the largest ( I think) church in San Jose and, at least in my opinion, one of the prettiest! It has a super central location downtown, so it is easy to get to and you will honestly probably stumble upon it while you’re exploring.

 

 

This house was easily my favorite that I stumbled upon, and it is actually a landmark that is right across the street from one of the biggest parks in the city. Obviously this one was my favorite because it is the perfect shade of Carolina Blue!

 

 

So my frist full day really was just walking around the city and trying to get my bearings. To me, there aren’t a crazy number of things that are must-do’s in the city, but there are things to fill your time to familiarize you with Costa Rican culture and its people. Some of the other highlights I did was a tour of the National Theatre (pictured above), as well as a tour of the Gold and Jade Museum. I missed out on the Costa Rican Musuem of Art and was honestly kind of sad that I did. I’m considering paying it a visit during my 1 other day in San Jose that I will have on August 11th.

 

 

Now, I am going to share what I think my real favorite thing about San Jose was. Restaurante Silvestre. This phenomenal restaurant is in the heart of the historic district and featured the best tasting menu that I have had in months! I was literally blown away by Chef Santiago’s ability to blend traditional Costa Rican history and cooking with modern day ingredients and dining trends! My two favorite dishes were this cardoza (I hope that’s the right name), which is very similar to ceviche. However, it features a unique spin and truly Costa Rican flavors, as well as some of the freshest seafood I have had in ages.

 

 

This extensive tasting menu was topped off with a chocolate and guava dessert that was euphoric! You all know I am a sucker for a good dessert, and I’m pretty sure that I’ve been dreaming about this one since I left San Jose! I 1000000% recommend a visit to Restaurante Silvestre if you find yourself in San Jose! The atmosphere is truly wonderful and the food was beyond belief!

So that’s San Jose in a short and quick nutshell! I wanted to keep this post quick since I have so much content that I want to share and it will take me a while to get it all down in these blog posts.

Be on the lookout for my next blog post because the next town I visited is stunning!

JRL

 

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