Upscale Los Yoses, east of San Jose,
has fine dining and arguably the valley's hottest nightlife. San Pedro
de Montes de Oca, farther east, is university town, with myriad bars
and restaurants. Beyond San Pedro, Curridabat offers great shopping.
From San Jose, drive east on Avenida
2 past National Museum; Los Yoses where road merges into Avenida Central.
San Pedro is ahead, past the traffic circle at the La Hispanidad water
fountain; Curridabat is further east. Buses leave regularly from downtown
Non-profit Costa Rican-North American
Cultural Center www.cccncr.com offers English/Spanish
language courses, educational advising services, reference library.
The Center's, Sophia Wanamaker Exhibit Gallery shows work of international
artists; Eugene O'Neil Theater hosts music, drama, film, and dance performances; Mark Twain Library
and Information Center guards Costa Rica's largest collection of English-language books and
magazines, videos, CD-ROMs, on-line databases; closed Sun.
Mexican Cultural Center
250 m. south Auto Subaru, revolving art exhibits, closed weekends.
Mall San Pedro is the PK2 Bar, spacious Planet Mall discotheque
($5/person) sprawls over fourth floor, features Star Pub inside. Also,
CyberCity video games and five-screen Cine San Pedro upstairs.
across the road, Sand Rock Bar has loud rock music, younger crowd, live music Sun.
Raices reggae bar any Bob Marley fan would enjoy; closed Mon.
Daddy-X classy nightclub.
Libreria International in Barrio
Dent 300 m. west Taco Bell, books in English, French, German, Spanish.
health spa, pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, anti-stress treatments, aroma-therapy,
mud baths, massage. Roller ring Salon de Patines Music, just east of
La Hispanidad, daily 7-10 p.m., weekends 1-10 p.m. La Casa del
Habano 100 m east, 100 m north La Hispanidad, fine cigars, features
El Habano museum, souvenirs. University of Costa Rica's sprawling green
campus has more than 50 species of native and exotic trees; lots of
birds, celebrates "University Week," last week of April, music
concerts, parades. Teatro de Bellas Artes and Teatro Montes de Oca.