San José has some of the best and most modern museums in Central America, with a wealth of fascinating pre-Columbian artifacts. Standouts include the Museo de Jade (Jade Museum, pictured above) and the Museo de Arte Costarricense (Costa Rican Art Museum), featuring a fine collection of Costa Rican art, and a large and varied, open-air sculpture garden.

Just outside San José in the Central Valley are also several great things to see and do. With day trips out of the city, you can spend quite a few days in this region.

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