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Costa Rica’s Central Valley

Home to the Capital City of San Jose and the International Airport in Alajuela

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Costa Rica’s Central Valley

The central valley, characterized by coffee plantations surrounded by lush mountains and volcanoes. Many people spend their first and last nights in the city or use San José as a jumping off point for day trips to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano or rafting on the Pacuare. The airport is just under twenty minutes from the capital city of San José. The Central Valley is steeped in history and culture. Here you will find the biggest population being mainly in the bustling town of San Hose. Stop at the Poás Volcano or the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, or a day trip to Cartago to see fantastic Ruins. Visit the beautiful and peaceful Orosi Valley and lastly the famous Irazu volcano.

Costa Rica’s Central Valley

Costa Rica Central Valley, San José 

There are a wide variety of daily flights available into Costa Rica Central Valley. The capital city of San José is the first entry point into the country for most visitors. The Juan Santamaria International Airport located just twenty minutes from the capital in the town of Alajuela. These cities; located in Costa Rica’s Central Valley, are characterized by the lush mountains and volcanoes that surround them. Also, the cool, comfortable “spring-like” climate found here year round. There are a wide variety of hotels near the airport, in the center of town or in the surrounding countryside available perfect for those planning on spending their first and last nights in the city.

Costa Rica Central Valley viewVolcanoes, Coffee Plantations & Rivers

The Central Valley of Costa Rica is surrounded by majestic volcanoes covered by lush coffee plantations. Popular day trips from the central valley include a stop at the Poás Volcano or the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. The Poas Volcano is the second largest volcanic crater in the world. Too, on a clear day is truly an impressive site. The La Paz Waterfall Gardens is home to the 5 of the country’s biggest waterfalls, and offer’s visitors a chance to see butterflies, exotic birds, monkeys, cats and much more. A visit to a working coffee plantation's worth the effort, learn about all the history and tradition of making the perfect cup of coffee! White water rafting enthusiasts also choose San José as the place from which to start their rafting adventure on the world-famous Pacuare or Sarapaquí rivers.

A Cosmopolitan City in the Central Valley

San José offers the visitor several museums and points of interest that are worth a visit. We recommend setting up a private tour in the afternoon to take you to see the sites, such as the “Teatro Nacional,” the “Plaza de la Cultura” Gold & Jade Museums among other points of interest. Afterward, many people plan to have a nice dinner in a local “mirador”. A restaurant in the mountains offering impressive views of the city, typical music. Also, dance and some mouth-watering Costa Rican cuisine. San José is definitely worth an afternoon or evening to see the sites to get a feel of the capital. The surrounding towns of Escazu and Heredia are equally charming, offering a wide variety of accommodations, shopping, and restaurants.

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