Central Valley

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San José sits in a mile-high mountain valley ringed by volcanoes whose ash has fertilized the soil and turned the region into Costa Rica's historic breadbasket. This will always be the land that coffee built, and the small cities of the Central Valley exhibit a tidiness and prosperity you don't see in the rest of the country. The valley is chock-full of activities and is Costa Rica at its most típico, giving you the best sense of what makes the country tick.

You can't find a more ideal climate than out here in the valley. When people refer to Costa Rica's proverbial "eternal spring," they're talking about this part of the country, which lacks the oppressive seasonal heat and rain of other regions. It's no wonder the Central Valley has drawn a growing number of North American and European retirees.

There's no shortage of terrific lodgings out here—everything from family-run boutique hotels to the big international chains are yours for the night. It used to be that everyone stayed in San José and took in the various attractions in the Central Valley on day trips. With the good selection of quality accommodations out here, why not base yourself in the Central Valley, and make San José your day trip instead?

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Language

Spanish

Nearby Airports

SJO

Electrical Outlets

120v/60 cycles; plugs are U.S. standard two- and three-prong

Currency

Costa Rican colón

Language

Spanish

Electrical Outlets

120v/60 cycles; plugs are U.S. standard two- and three-prong

Currency

Costa Rican colón

Nearby Airports

SJO

High Season: Mid-December to April The Central Valley’s elevation keeps temperatures pleasant and springlike year-round, slightly warmer to...Read More

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High Season: Mid-December to April The Central Valley’s elevation keeps temperatures pleasant and springlike year-round, slightly warmer to...Read More

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High Season: Mid-December to April The Central Valley’s elevation keeps temperatures pleasant and springlike year-round, slightly warmer to...Read More

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