Costa Rica is a land of rain forests, volcanos, wildlife refugees and beautiful beaches which makes it a popular international tourist destination. San Jose is the capital city and the largest city in Costa Rica, and with a population of about 288,000, is home to over a third of the country's population. Located in the center of Costa Rica, San Jose is the epicenter of government, economic activity, cultural events and is the major transportation and education hub of Costa Rica. The modern city offers art and architecture, historic neighborhoods, museums, markets, universities, and has become a popular tourist destination. Picture of Vista del Edificio Herdocia Building courtesy of Wikipedia and Rodtico21; picture of the Boulevard in Central Ave. courtesy of Wikipedia and Tillor87; picture of National Museum of Costa Rica courtesy of Wikipedia and Eric T Gunther.