Mastodonistic buildings, chaotic traffic, overpopulation, absence of historical heritage … San Jose, Costa Rica, is among the ten destinations with little (or no) charm that will not trigger travelers’ alarms in search of sublime places.

Downtown San Jose

More than 2 million visit Costa Rica every year, but it is no secret among the tourists that its capital city, San Jose, has little to offer insofar as attractions, preferring the Pacific coastal beaches, the Caribbean, mountain resorts, rain forests, and volcanos. Like San Jose, the cities in Costa Rica overall don’t have much to offer.

According to by ElMundo.es, “The Costa Rican capital does not have it easy: it competes with a spectacular natural environment and that is why the city offers few attractions to travelers, who as they land set course for the country’s beaches and national parks. There are no architectural aberrations but neither does it have the charm of other Central American cities with colonial heritage,” writes Virginia Nesi in her report “Diez destinos poco agraciados (por no decir feos) que deberías evitar” (Ten ungraceful destinations – if not ugly – that you should avoid).

Other than the Teatro Nacional, the Melico Salazar, the Gold and Jade Museums, and the Mercado Central (Central Market), there is not much else for tourists to enjoy in San Jose. And then there is the traffic congestion.

The other nine cities in the ElMundo list are:

  • CHISINÁU (MOLDAVIA)
  • PYONGYANG (NORTH KOREA)
  • TIJUANA (MEXICO)
  • ANKARA (TURKEY)
  • TIRANA (ALBANIA)
  • ULAN BATOR (MONGOLIA)
  • SAO PAULO (BRAZIL)
  • AMMAN (JORDAN)
  • VOLGOGRAD (RUSSIA)