Central Valley: Places to Explore


Santo Domingo

Between Heredia and San José, the pretty town of Santo Domingo de Heredia, established in the early 19th century, has wide streets and fine examples of traditional, tile-roof houses, and a monumental church that stands out as a brilliant white landmark against the surrounding sea of green coffee farms. There's a level of tranquillity here that belies its proximity to the capital, a mere 15-minute drive away if the traffic gods smile upon you. The splendid, late-19th-century Basílica de Santo Domingo (east side of soccer field) is one of the country's only two basilicas, with two distinctive towers topped with gold domes. It's often a venue for classical music concerts throughout the year, including the July-to-August International Music Festival (masses are held from 5 to 7 pm). The older and simpler Iglesia del Rosario, built in the 1840s, faces the town's palm-shaded Parque Central (masses from 7 to 10 am).



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