Costa Rica’s landscape and exchange rate attract visitors
December 01, 2008 2:01 AM

by Joan Tupponce

Where to eat

Dining choices in San José are varied. If you want to test out the local cuisine, try La Cocina de la Lena. The eatery has a rustic atmosphere and a large

menu with offerings like black bean soup with egg. The Restaurant Grano de Oro sits in an interior courtyard of the boutique Hotel Gano de Oro and features

seafood, steaks and more. One of the city’s highly rated restaurants is Bacchus, which offers Italian food, from pizzas to pasta. The restaurant is housed in

a century-old home with an open kitchen.

Where to stay

When he visits San José, Jose de la Hoz stays at the upscale InterContinental Real Costa Rica. The hotel has a spa, fitness center, tennis courts and outdoor

pool. “They use Hilden’s 100 percent cotton table linens so you know they have some class,” De la Hoz jokes. He also suggests the Paradisus Playa Conchal

Resort in the Guanacaste area. The beachfront property includes a lagoon-style pool, spa, health club and championship golf course. The coastal hillside Four

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