Central Valley

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

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  • 1. Biesanz Woodworks

    Expat artist Barry Biesanz creates unique, world-class items from Costa Rican hardwoods, which are turned (a form of woodworking) on-site. Local artisans also ply their...Read More

  • 2. Casa del Soñador

    Stop in at this unique artisan shop, a picturesque wood cottage embellished with monumental carvings by local wood sculptor Macedonio Quesada, the creator of the...Read More

  • 3. Chaverrí Oxcart Factory

    In the nicest of the many stores south of town, you can wander through the workshops and see the artisans in action. Despite the name,...Read More

  • 4. Feria del Agricultor


    Grecia’s covered weekend farmers’ market is one of Costa Rica’s liveliest and best. It runs Friday afternoon and evening until 9—fairy lights...Read More

  • 5. Cerámica Las Palomas

    Large glazed pots with ornate decorations that range from traditional patterns to modern motifs are the specialties here. Flowerpots and lamps are also common works...Read More

  • 6. City Mall

    Central America's largest shopping mall weighs in at 330 stores and is most notable for its indoor snow-themed amusement park....Read More

  • 7. Congo

    Congo offers a good selection of wood carvings and ceramic bowls and vases made by local artisans. It's a small four-store chain....Read More

  • 8. Feria

    On Saturday morning starting at 5, Heredia's open-air feria, a lively farmers' market, stretches for almost a kilometer (½ mile) along Avenida 14. Things start...Read More

  • 9. Feria del Agricultor

    An abundance of locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, and even livestock is for sale here at San Ramón's farmers' market. The livestock adds to the...Read More

  • 10. Goodlight Books

    One of Costa Rica’s largest used-book stores stocks around 9,000 volumes, and a huge number of those are in English. It’s also a great place...Read More

  • 11. Multiplaza

    Costa Rica's most upscale mall—think Kenneth Cole, Giorgio Armani, Oscar de la Renta, and many of their Costa Rican counterparts—looms over the highway with its...Read More

  • 12. Paseo de Las Flores

    This airy, pleasant, and huge shopping mall with 320 stores is on the main road south of town. It has a branch of almost every...Read More

  • 13. Plaza de la Artesanía

    Sarchí's answer to a shopping mall gathers a dozen artisan and souvenir shops under one roof. Expect to find oxcarts, the town's signature symbol, and...Read More

  • 14. Sibö Chocolate

    Get to know a bean of another kind during a private tasting at the workshop of the country's best artisanal chocolate makers. It starts with...Read More

  • 15. Volcán Poás National Park Visitor Center

    The park's visitor center has a well-stocked shop that sells nature-themed T-shirts, cards, and posters. A portion of the profits goes to support conservation projects....Read More

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