If you have extra time in the capital city or are looking for activities to fill some free time in your itinerary, Barrio Amon is a great place to visit and hang out. This historic neighborhood is located just north of the National Theatre in San Jose.
It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Jose and although many of the buildings have been standing since the Victorian Era, most of the neighborhood has been given a face-lift. Barrio Amon is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in San Jose and represents a small corner of the capital city interested in its image and revitalization.
Once an exclusive residential area, Barrio Amon is now an upscale commercial district where travelers can find restaurants, bars and hotels. Paseo de las Damas is the central landmark in the neighborhood and a great place to start on your visit. The Escuela Metallica is a piece of fine architecture and was a gift from the government of Belgium. The Jade Museum is the neighborhood’s biggest museum and has one of the largest collections of jade in the world. Local art galleries are also popular in this upcoming neighborhood where you can take advantage and pick up some unique souvenirs for the art lovers in the country.
Hotels, Bars, Restaurants and Nightclubs
When you get hungry there are a half dozen eateries and modern cafes where you can find traditional Costa Rican cuisine or international gourmet food. Kalu, Café Mundo and La Criollita seem to be the area’s favorites. Don’t forget to order a blended fruit drink to cool off after walking around town. They are made from fresh fruits hand-selected from the Central Market downtown. If you are in town for the evening, the nightlife here is some of the best in the Central Valley. Bar Morazan, Key Largo and Sportmens Lodge are some of the best places to socialize. Don’t be surprised by the prostitutes and transvestites that come out after dark and make sure to find a respectable establishment if you are looking to spend time with a Latina girl during your stay.
This small part of town offers many hostels, hotels and lodges for travelers of all budgets and styles. Most are located inside restored mansions and boutique style. Hotel La Amistad is well known for its all-inclusive packages. Hotel Dunn Inn has 28 guest rooms and offers travelers a bed and breakfast family feel with its accommodations. Hotel Don Carlos is also well known in the area because of its boutique accommodations, excellent service and variety of tours.
Barrio Amon’s proximity to San Jose’s museum and business district makes it a great place to stay.
San Jose sometimes gets a bad reputation as Costa Rica’s capital and most people decide to steer clear of the center, heading for the beach or other parts of the Central Valley instead. True, it is often dirtier here than the rest of the country. San Jose is also the business capital of the country and this causes congestion at peak hours and this can be a turn off for travelers. Not everything is bad about the city however. It is home to the typical stuff you would expect in a big city: shopping areas, museums, restaurants, movie theatres and even a big urban park, all of which can be explored from Barrio Amon.