San José is a city of contrast.
On one hand, you have small sodas selling basic set lunches of rice, beans and chicken, and on the other hand you have a plethora of foreign fast foods such as Quiznos, Subway, KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Carls Jr. and McDonalds.
On one hand, Avenida Central is lined up with posh flagship stores and foreign brand sold at foreign prices—Levis, Desigual, Aldo, etc. but on the other hand, hawkers sell socks, underwear, calendars and religious items in the middle of the pedestrian traffic.
On one hand, some avenues are jammed packed while other streets are completely empty.
It’s an interesting place.
The newest immigrants seem to be the Dominicans and they are quite a few hair salons catering to the afro communities. Otherwise, most Ticos (Costa Ricans) look like they are of Spanish descent and are very light-skinned. It’s a change from Mexico for me since there were many people of Mayan descent there!
You can see the complete set of Costa Rica on Flickr.