Unlike some of the other countries, foreigners have the same rights when purchasing land in Costa Rica as locals do. You can own property outright in your own name or in the name of your corporation. You do not need a local partner, except in cases of beachfront concession property, where special rules apply.
San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, sits in the Central Valley region with the Talamanca Mountains to the south and volcanoes to the north. The city is distinguished by its Spanish colonial buildings, like the ornate, neoclassical National Theatre of Costa Rica overlooking downtown’s Plaza de la Cultura, a popular gathering spot. Below the plaza, the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum displays hundreds of gleaming artifacts.
The bustling Central Market is filled with vendors and small restaurants (called sodas) serving local seafood, while the Mercado Nacional de Artesanías offers handcrafted goods. Morazán Park contains the Temple of Music pavilion, where concerts are held. La Sabana Metropolitan Park is home to the national stadium and the Costa Rican Art Museum. Popular nightlife destinations center on El Pueblo outdoor mall and its bars, plus the funky bars of the San Pedro and La California neighborhoods, both near the University of Costa Rica.