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San Jose & Central Region

Visit San Jose & Central Region


The Central Valley region of Costa Rica is in fact a large mountain plateau sheltered on the southern side by the Talamanca Range and to the north by a string of active volcanoes. This region's elevated position supplies a more temperate climate, making it a welcome retreat from the summer humidity.

The capital city of San Jose benefits from this climate and owes much of its prosperity to the surrounding landscape's success as a coffee-growing centre. The wealth brought by coffee has contributed to the growing infrastructure of the Central Valley, creating a modern, urban feel to the cities here.

This is Costa Rica at its most low-key and travellers who linger here to visit the hot springs at Cartago or witness smoke belching from Turrialba volcano can escape the crowds for a time before journeying onto the busier costal regions of Puerto Viejo and Limon.


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Top itineraries in San Jose & Central Region

Beach in Manuel Antonio

Birds & Beaches of Costa Rica

10-day tailor-made journey from £3,890 pp incl. flights

Take in the best of Costa Rica's beaches, birdlife and wildlife-viewing hotspots as you travel to the beautiful Turrialba Valley and on to San Gerardo de Dota – one of the world's great bird-watching destinations – ending with the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Classic

13-day tailor-made holiday from £4,765 pp incl. flights

Costa Rica is a land of spectacular volcanoes, wildlife-filled cloud forests, fast-flowing jungle rivers and tropical jungles. Explore its natural-world highlights in Arenal and Monteverde before kicking back on the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park or Guanacaste.

Scarlet Macaw Couple, Osa Peninsula

Costa Rica: Sarapiqui and the Osa Peninsula

11-day tailor-made holiday from £5,050 pp incl. flights

Let expert guides introduce you to two Costa Rican gems – the rainforest of Sarapiqui and towering Arenal Volcano. You'll then enjoy a full-board stay at the Lapa Rios Ecolodge, hidden among the wildlife-filled rainforests of the Osa Peninsula.

Toucan, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Self-Drive

13-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,965 pp incl. flights

Travel past farmlands, forests, lakes and volcanoes to Arenal, the cloud forests of Monteverde and the wildlife of the Palo Verde national park. Top it all off with a relaxing stay on the palm-fringed bays of Guanacaste on Costa Rica's North Pacific Coast.

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Top places to stay in San Jose & Central Region

Grano de Oro

Hotel Grano de Oro, San Jose

Traditional hotel

A hidden gem in the metropolitan bustle of San José, this boutique hotel features opulent rooms, an intimate dining area and stunning courtyard with a jacuzzi deck.

Finca Rosa Blanca

Finca Rosa Blanca, nr San José

Contemporary eco-accommodation

This charming eco-lodge on a sustainable coffee plantation offers warm hospitality with a touch of luxury, as well as the chance to explore the surrounding plantations.

Aerial View, El Silencio Lodge & Spa

El Silencio Lodge & Spa, Nr. San Jose

Contemporary lodge

The El Silencio Lodge & Spa is nestled in a 500-acre private cloud forest reserve near Poas Volcano, in the Bajos del Toro valley. On the edge of a rainforest it's the ultimate in tranquillity, ideal for honeymooners and families alike.

Curio_Exterior Lateral, Gran Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica

Gran Hotel, San Jose

Historic hotel

This spectacular building in the centre of the city is a historic gem and part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, designed to represent the history and spirit of the country in which they reside.

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Where to go in San Jose & Central Region


In the 1990's the declining town of Turriabla was rejuvenated by the arrival of thrill seekers who recognised that it boasted some of the best white water rafting in the world; this discovery secured the town's place on the tourist trail and preventing its beauty from fading into relative obscurity…

San Jose

Often called the cultural heart of Costa Rica, the charm of San Jose reveals itself as you wander the city streets; passing suddenly from the grand shopping districts of the modern city into ramshackle neighbourhoods more typical of Latin America.

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