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.
Top itineraries in San Jose & Central Region
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.
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.
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.
Top places to stay in San Jose & Central Region
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.
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.
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.
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…
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