A great way to kick off your holiday is to visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens – a wildlife refuge and nature park - where you'll learn about many of the creatures you’ll subsequently see in the wild.
Saskia, Original Traveller
The Central Valley is the heart of Costa Rica, not only does the area contain the capital of San José (with its many bars and restaurants) but also the high mountains which are home to traditional coffee plantations and striking views. The Central Valley is also surrounded by impressive volcanic mountain ranges, especially the Cordillera Central on the eastern side of the valley.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Not only is it a great spot to relax and unwind - there's also lots to do, including visiting volcanoes, cloud forests and coffee plantations
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Luxury Holidays to the Central Valley and San José: the Detail
About three quarters of the country's residents live in The Central Valley, and you can see why - Costa Rica's geographical heart is home to San José, coffee plantations, volcanoes, and rapids ideal for rafting. The region has a very pleasant climate, due to its altitude, meaning that days are warm without being sticky, and nights are comfortably cool. It is certainly worth spending additional time exploring this lush area, whether white water rafting down the Pacuare river, visiting the active Poas volcano, or learning about coffee roasting and the cultivation process of macademia nuts.