Province of San José

San José, the capital of Costa Rica since 1823, lies in the mountainous center of the country.
Situated on the Pan American Highway, San José has industries manufacturing textiles and furniture, and processing coffee, sugarcane, and cacao, which grow in the surrounding fertile valley.

San José has numerous parks and gardens, and its notable buildings include the Teatro Nacional (the national theater), a 19th-century cathedral, and a museum with pre-Columbian artifacts.

The city is the seat of the University of Costa Rica (1843). About 30 km (20 mi) northeast of San José is the volcano Irazú (3,432 m/11,260 ft). Settled in 1736, San José became an important tobacco manufacturing center in the second half of the 18th century.

San José is a province of Costa Rica. It is located in the central part of the country. It borders from the north clockwise the provinces Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Limón and Puntarenas. The capital is San José, which is also the capital of the country Costa Rica itself. The province covers an area of 4,960 km², and has a population of 1,345,750 (2000).

It is subdivided into 20 smaller districts called "Cantones". Here is the list of all the "Cantones" of the province of San Jose:

Canton Capital
Acosta
Alajuelita
Aserrí
Curridabat
Desamparados
Dota
Escazú
Goicoechea
Leon Cortés
Montes de Oca
Mora
Moravia
Perez Zeledón
Puriscal
San José
Santa Ana
Tarrazú
Tibás
Turrubares
Vásquez de Coronado
San Ignacio
Alajuelita
Aserrí
Curridabat
Desamparados
Santa María
Escazú
Guadalupe
San Pablo
San Pedro
Colón
San Vicente
San Isidro
Santiago
San José
Santa Ana
San Marcos
San Juan
San Pablo
San Isidro

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Parque La Sabana
Aerial view of La Sabana park

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Templo de la Musica
Templo de la Musica

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