Central Valley at a glance
Central Valley is a fantastic base for exploring the country. There is easy access to a whole host of fascinating natural and cultural sights.
Explorers can visit volcanoes and coffee plantations, or discover the secrets of the diverse rainforests.
The Central Valley is awash with great activities to try – you could try canyoning or zip lining through the jungle. You could even white water raft to your hotel which is nestled deep in the rainforest!
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Experiences in the Central Valley
Jungle Canopy SuiteSleep within the jungle canopy.
Zipline through the Jungle CanopyExplore the jungle canopy of Costa Rica on this zip line adventure
White water raft to a Jungle LodgeWhite water raft into your luxury jungle lodge.
With approximately 70% of the population living in this region the Central Valley has a lot of energy and is perfect for those who would like to enjoy some culture, nightlife and shopping. The region is home to the capital city of San Jose and its suburbs as well as the international airport. The regions location provides a cooler climate and as such can be a welcome escape from the hot coastal areas, especially during the hot dry season. There are also plenty of attractions that are within easy reach of the city of San Jose including the volcanoes of Irazu and Poas. Many visitors enjoy a couple of days here at the beginning or end of their trip to get to know the “real” Costa Rica.
Destinations in Central Valley
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San Jose is Costa Rica’s main airport and transportation hub, making it the best places for visitors to use as a start point for their holiday of a lifetime. This province – and country capital – is centrally located so it is easy for travellers to get into and out of.
San Jose is in the Central Valley – a lush and beautiful region with landscape that is truly spectacular and weather that stays great through the year. In San Jose April is the hottest month (average temperature of 25°C) and the coldest is January (22°C on average). The most daily sunshine hours fall at around 7 hours in June. The wettest month is September with an average of 240mm of rain.
Situated directly between North and South America, Costa Rica is a country of intense diversity. With influences from both the nearby United States and the predominantly Latin culture to the south, this is a country of distinct variety; matched only by its wonderous geography and diverse climate.
Due to the large variety in climate and weather, Cost Rica is home to no fewer than 12 distinctive ecological zones; from cloud forests, rainforests, mangroves and dry forests to the wide expanse of beautiful sand at Tamarindo Beach; a surfer’s paradise where the rolling tides of the pacific make for perfect half-pipes.
The expansive rainforest is home to a wide variety of animal life; nearly 900 bird species alone. Jaguars, ocelots and pumas are just a few of the exotic species that can also be found beneath the dense forest canopy. There are numerous tours available for the adventurous minded to get up close to the local wildlife, making Costa Rica the perfect destination for those who wish to combine nature with some adventure alongside beach relaxation.
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