Costa Rica

* San Jose

San Jose Is Costa Rica

San Jose San José, and the nation's largest city. Located in the cental valley, San José is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of this central America nation. The population of San Jose Canton is 288,054, though the metropolitan area stretches beyond the canton limits and comprises a third of the country's population.

Culturally, the city can be considered almost entirely European influenced, in part because of Spanish immigration soon after Costa Rica's discovery by Christopher Columbus, and the privileged classes which generally studied in Europe during the nineteenth century and early twentieth century.

Quick Facts

Costa Rica is a rich coast

How Costa Rica was found

Found:First European explorer to encounter Costa Rica was the Great Navigator himself, Christopher Columbus. The day was September 18, 1502, and Columbus was making his fourth and final voyage to the New World. As he was setting anchor off shore, a crowd of local Carib Indians paddled out in canoes and greeted his crew warmly. Later, the golden bands that the region's inhabitants wore in their noses and ears would inspire the Spaniard Gil Gonzalez Davila to name the countryCosta Rica, or Rich Coast.