Central Valley Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Central Valley - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Heredia 11

Alajuela 6

The Orosi Valley 5

Turrialba 3

Sarchi 3

Santo Domingo 3

Escazu 2

Poas Volcano National Park 2

San Ramon 2

Cartago 2

Carara National Park 1

Irazu Volcano 1

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Alajuela Cathedral

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The large, neoclassical Alajuela Cathedral has columns topped by interesting capitals decorated with local agricultural motifs, and a...

Doka Estate

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Considering the amount of coffee you'll drive past in the Central Valley, you might want to devote an hour or so of your vacation to...

Museo Juan Santamaría

  • Museum/Gallery

The heroic deeds of Juan Santamaria are celebrated in this museum housed in the old jail, on the north side of Parque Central. It's worth...

Parque Central

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Royal palms and massive mango trees fill the Parque Central—residents frequently refer to the park as the Parque de los Mangos—which...

Parque Juan Santamaría

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Alajuela was the birthplace of Juan Santamaría, the national hero who lost his life in a battle against the mercenary army of U.S. adventurer...

Zoo Ave

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Spread over the lush grounds, a collection of large cages holds toucans, hawks, and parrots (the macaws range free), not to mention crocodiles...