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Costa Rica: San Jose, central highlands and central valleys

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Costa Rica’s busy capital, San José, is a city on the move, where the choking traffic and crowds are mitigated by the eager friendliness of the people. There are some good museums and excellent restaurants but no colonial core: it’s a modern place, full of offices, North American style bars and malls - many US citizens visit or are resident in the country and their cultural influence is strong. The landscapes around however are delicious, both in the rolling coffee country of the highlands and in the fertile central valley, watched over by the smouldering Poás and Irazú volcanoes.

Our holidays to San Jose, central highlands and central valleys

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Costa Rica car hire

Self-drive Costa Rica: Coast to coast adventures

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14 days from £2,126pp

Costa Rica

Value Costa Rica: The essential highlights

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12 days from £1,250pp

Monkey

Signature Costa Rica: Wildlife and volcanoes

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8 days from £1,386pp

Rio Perdido Canyon Adventure

Luxury adventures in Costa Rica

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8 days from £1,987pp

Tailor-made holidays

We specialise in creating bespoke holidays designed according to your specific requirements.

Our tailor-made holiday service includes:

  • • A dedicated and friendly specialist to guide you through the planning process
  • • Our unrivalled knowledge of the region based on over 36 years' of expertise
  • • Access to the widest range of accommodation and activity options
  • • Your perfect itinerary, crafted exclusively for you

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Things to do in San Jose, central highlands and central valleys

Poas volcano crater

Visit Poas volcano

Rafting

Go white-water rafting on the Pacuare river


Coffee plantation

Visit a Costa Rican coffee plantation

La Paz Waterfall Costa Rica

Poas Volcano and La Paz waterfall gardens

What our experts say

I suggest that you stay on one of a number of delightful countryside hotels outside the capital. Fortunately there are a lot of attractions in the Central Valley which more than compensate for the lack of them in the capital. A visit to one of the nearby volcanoes is a must, Poas is especially striking if the mists permit. Alternatively head for Irazú volcano with fertile slopes giving way to a cap of grey volcanic dust, occasionally whipped up by light tremors.   

Margot

Margot Chard

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