History Attractions in Costa Rica

No visit to Costa Rica would be complete without a decent dash of history mixed in with all the nature, wildlife, adventure, and relaxation. An excellent introduction to the country and its past and its culture is a tour of Cafe Britt's plantation, where visitors get to see, learn, and taste one of Costa Rica's most important historical resources, coffee. Cacao, another plant that played an integral role in Costa Rica's formation, is explored in-depth at the Museo de Cacao along the Caribbean coast, a region rich in culture yet often overlooked. In the capital city of San Jose, the Jade Museum and the Museum of Pre-Colombian Gold provide history buffs with a treasure trove of artifacts and ancient art, while the National Theater's stunning architecture is a testament to the country's European history. The Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles is a beautiful Roman Catholic church in classic Byzantine style, built in 1639, nestled at the base of the Irazu Volcano in Costa Rica.

Cafe Britt Coffee Tour

An interactive tour of a real coffee farm is fun for the whole family... read more

Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles (La)

Calle 16, Avenidas. 2-4, 7 blocks east of central square

Popular Catholic Church in a suburb of San Jose...
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Cacao Trails

A complete education and exploration of cacao on a former cacao plantation on the Caribbean coast... read more

Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica


Inaugurated in 1897, the National Theater opened with a performance of the opera Faust... read more

Jade Museum

Avenida 7, between calle 9 and 11

A collection of precious jade artifacts and pre-Colombian pottery housed in a shiny black glass building... read more

Centro Nacional de Arte y Cultura

Avenida 3, calle 15/17

A full city block of modern art, live performance, and design... read more

Costa Rican Art Museum

The best little museum to see all types of art by Costa Ricans under one roof... read more

La Sabana Park

Gigantic park in the middle of San Jose with a lake, trails, and lots of activities... read more

Museo Nacional de Costa Rica

Calle 17

One-stop shop of a museum for gold, jade, artifacts, and Costa Rican history... read more

Children's Museum

calle 4, avenue 9

Educational, interactive fun for the whole family at the children's museum... read more
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