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San Jose & the Central Valley

San José & the Central Valley Holidays


The sprawling city of San José has a dramatic setting, surrounded by the hills, mountains and plantations of the lush Central Valley. Often overlooked by travellers San José, or Chepe as the city is locally known, is eccentric and chaotic but also incredibly laidback and friendly. It may not impress on first glance but it offers hidden charms for those who take the time to explore and boasts some fantastic dining options, from traditional Costa Rican cuisine to French fine dining.

Outside of the city, in the wider Central Valley you can find soaring volcanoes, lush national parks, cascading rivers and numerous exciting activities all in easy reach. There are also some excellent boutique hotels in this region, from characterful lodges to slick wellness retreats. Situated in the middle of the country this is the ideal place to start or end your holiday.
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OUR HOLIDAYS TO SAN JOSÉ & CENTRAL VALLEY

Costa Rica in Style
11 days / 10 nights
from £3,158
  • Stylish accommodation
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Scenic landscapes
  • Papagayo Peninsula

  • Enchanting Costa Rica
    10 days / 9 nights
    from £1,602
  • Arenal
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Nicoya Peninsula

  • Toucans, Tree Tops & Beach Time
    14 days / 13 nights
    from £Please contact us
  • San Jose
  • Central Valley
  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Arenal
  • Papagayo Peninsula

  • Wellness, Wildlife & Waves
    11 days / 10 nights
    from £3,024
  • Yoga & relaxation
  • Ocean vibes
  • Deliciously fresh food

  • WHERE TO GO IN SAN JOSÉ & CENTRAL VALLEY

    San José
    San José
    Often overlooked by travellers San José, or Chepe as the city is locally known, may not be on the top of your 'must-see' list but it offers hidden charms for those who take the time to explore. In the centre of the city the neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral and the opulent National Theatre are well worth a visit, as is the National Museum. The city is made up of several barrios (or neighbourhoods), in Barrio Amon you will find old colonial mansions which now house contemporary art galleries and museums whilst vibrant Barrio Escalante offers a host of excellent restaurants and quirky bars.
    Central Valley
    Central Valley
    Just outside of San José lie the rolling hills and farmlands of the Central Valley. These green landscapes are home to ranches, coffee plantations, dense forests and towering volcanoes. Boasting the freshest coffee, a diverse range of wildlife and a host of adventure activities, this region is an excellent base for a few days and offers a great option if you want to be close to the airport but prefer to avoid staying in the city.

    OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN SAN JOSÉ & CENTRAL VALLEY

    Hotel Grano de Oro
    San Jose

    Xandari Resort & Spa
    Central Valley

    Finca Rosa Blanca
    Central Valley
  • Infinity pool
  • Spa
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Library

  • Poas Volcano Lodge
    Central Valley
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Library & games room
  • Hiking trails

  • Chayote Lodge
    Central Valley
  • Spectacular setting
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Complimentary on-site coffee tours

  • The Retreat Costa Rica
    Central Valley

    THINGS TO DO IN SAN JOSÉ & CENTRAL VALLEY

    Pacuare River Rafting
    Approx 10 hours
    from £127

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