Wonderful Lodging & Great Day Tours
San Jose Capital, SJO-Airport, and Costa Rica's Central Valley
San Jose and it's sister towns & villages spread widely across the elevated central valley from the birthplace of the religious capital of the Costa Rican republic, Cartago, on the far east, to the International Airport of Alajuela in the north west.
This region, situated in the center of the country, is home to the majority of the Costa Rican population and is the nation’s economic center. Additionally, the Central Valley is home to Costa Rica’s principal transportation hub: the Juan Santamaría International Airport.
The region’s urban development does not prevent the Central Valley from also offering a wide range of cultural and natural attractions. Even within the San José Greater Metropolitan Area, which covers less than 50 square kilometers (about 17 square miles), the urban landscape blends with outdoor wonders. Additionally, it is very common in the Central Valley to find small towns that offer not only great scenic beauty but also a sampling of the country’s past: Adobe mud homes, coffee haciendas, dairies, and traditional trapiches (sugar cane mills) are a window into the Costa Rica of yesteryear.
The Central Valley offers a relatively fresh and cool climate. The dry season runs from December to mid-May; the rest of the year belongs to the rainy season, which is characterized by sunny mornings and rainy afternoon.
The far eastern zone of the Central Valley is home to two regions of extraordinary beauty and vacation appeal: Turrialba and the Valle de los Santos (Valley of the Saints).
Several national parks are contained within boundaries of the Central Valley region, including Poás Volcano, Braulio Carrillo, Irazú Volcano, and Turrialba Volcano National Parks. These protected areas are home to the region’s most popular volcanoes, which offer spectacular day trip opportunities; the only exception is when signs indicate the possibility of dangerous volcanic activity.
For more urban pursuits, San José stands apart as the region’s most important city and the hub for most governmental services. However, the Central Valley’s other cities and provincial political seats – Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago – also offer a wide range of quality commercial services and visitor amenities.
Review by Clients - Dennis & Joyce, OR, USA