San Jose & Central Valley

Costa Rica’s capital San Jose is located in the Central Valley, which runs along the middle of the country, dividing the Caribbean side from the Pacific. With the Talamanca Mountains on the southern edge of the valley and a series of volcanoes on the northern edge, these highlands form a continental divide that helps to shape the weather patterns.
 
San Jose is the arrival point for most tourists and your choice of hotel will most likely depend on what you are panning to do next. If you are taking the road tour to Tortuguero then one of the small downtown hotels works well. For onward light aircraft flights, or land transfers to other destinations, there are convenient hotels to the northwest of the city, nearer to the international and domestic airports. If you want to avoid the crazy city traffic altogether, choose one of the converted coffee haciendas or Central Valley boutique hotels set in lush and extensive gardens.
 
For advice on tailor-made San Jose & Central Valley holidays, ring our friendly Costa Rica specialist on 01582 766122 or email us via our online form to start planning your trip.
 
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Much of the capital’s colonial heritage has been pulled down and rebuilt but there is easily enough here to fill a day of sight seeing. Don’t miss the Teatro Nacional with its neoclassical facade or the Museo Nacional, which gives an overview of Costa Rican history and pre-Columbian artefacts. The Parque National is a pleasant spot to people watch and Mercado Central is a good place for lunch – try the ceviche – and then look for Helados de Sorbetera and treat yourself to a delicious ice cream.
 
Trips out of town include tours to see the steaming crater lake of the Poas Volcano and to visit the Doka Coffee Estate at Aluajuela.  Awarded the best estate produced Costa Rican coffee twice on the trot, this is a fun outing and a great place to buy some coffee to take home as gifts.  There are butterfly gardens here too where you can see the huge Blue Morpho and the Great Owl butterfly.
Independent Costa Rica (self drive)
RCA14S
16 NIGHTS
FROM £1,795
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Explore the wildlife and scenery of spectacular Costa Rica, combining a guided tour of the waterways of Tortuguero National Park, famous for its turtles, with a visit to Arenal Volcano & Monteverde Cloud Forest. Complete your holiday relaxing at Manuel Antonia on the Pacific Coast, with superb diving opportunities. Specified English speaking guides included.
Costa Rica Self Drive Holiday Tortuguero Arenal Volcano Rainforests
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San Jose
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Central Valley
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Volcan Poas National Park
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La Paz Waterfall
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Tortuguero National Park
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Birding
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Arenal Volcano
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Monteverde Cloud Forest
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Manuel Antonio
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Scuba Diving
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San Jose
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Central Valley
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Volcan Poas National Park
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La Paz Waterfall
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Tortuguero National Park
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Birding
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Arenal Volcano
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Monteverde Cloud Forest
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Manuel Antonio
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Scuba Diving
Best of Costa Rica
RRA12S
15 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
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This holiday spends time exploring the wildlife & key attractions of Costa Rica - including San Jose in the Central Valley, the waterways of Tortuguero National Park, spectacular Arenal Volcano with its hanging bridges, Monteverde Cloud Forest & the beaches and rainforest of Manual Antonio on the Pacific Coast. English speaking guides, all shuttle transfers & park fees included.
Costa Rica Highlights Tour Tortuguero Arenal Osa Peninsula Manual Antonio
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San Jose
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Central Valley
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Volcan Poas National Park
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La Paz Waterfall
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Tortuguero National Park
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Birding
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Arenal Volcano
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Monteverde Cloud Forest
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Manuel Antonio
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Pacific Coast
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San Jose
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Central Valley
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Volcan Poas National Park
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La Paz Waterfall
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Tortuguero National Park
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Birding
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Arenal Volcano
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Monteverde Cloud Forest
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Manuel Antonio
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Pacific Coast
Walking in Costa Rica (self drive)
RCW12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,096
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Explore the cloud & rainforests and the volcanoes of Costa Rica on foot, on this fabulous walking holiday. Combine 6-hour guided hikes along some of the most famous trails in the country, with self-driving to explore the attractions. Visit Arenal Volcano, the Pacific Coast town of Dominical & the Central Valley. Specified guided walks included. Transfer option available on request.
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San Jose
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Arenal Volcano
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La Fortuna Waterfall
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Bagaces
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Diamante Waterfall
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Dominical
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Nauyaca Waterfalls
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San Gerardo
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Buena Vista Mountain
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Turrialba Volcano
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San Jose
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Arenal Volcano
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La Fortuna Waterfall
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Bagaces
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Diamante Waterfall
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Dominical
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Nauyaca Waterfalls
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San Gerardo
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Buena Vista Mountain
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Turrialba Volcano
Wildlife & Culture: Costa Rica + Nicaragua
RRN14S
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,295
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Combine the wildlife of Costa Rica with the Spanish colonial culture of Nicagarua on this fascinating two-country holiday. Visit San Jose, the Tortuguero waterways, Arenal Volcano & Monteverde Cloud Forest. Then fly to Granada, the picturesque capital of Nicaragua with its many colonial buildings. English speaking guides & all transfers included.
Photo Costa Rica Nicaragua Granada Wildlife Colonial Culture
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San Jose
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Central Valley
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Volcan Poas National Park
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La Paz Waterfall
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Tortuguero National Park
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Birding
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Arenal Volcano
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Monteverde Cloud Forest
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Granada
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Isletas Archipelago
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San Jose
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Central Valley
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Volcan Poas National Park
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La Paz Waterfall
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Tortuguero National Park
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Birding
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Arenal Volcano
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Monteverde Cloud Forest
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Granada
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Isletas Archipelago
Two Countries: Costa Rica + Panama
RRP14S
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,295
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This holiday combines the highlights of Cost Rica, with Panama City & the magnificent Caribbean beaches of Bocas del Toro. Start your holiday at Tortuguero National Park & visit the spectacular Arenal Volcano & hot springs. Then fly to the Panama Canal to see this engineering marvel, before relaxing on the beaches of Bocas. English speaking guides, all transfers & park fees included.
Photo Costa Rica and Panama Canal Bocas Del Toro Arenal Volcano
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San Jose
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Central Valley
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Volcan Poas National Park
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La Paz Waterfall
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Tortuguero National Park
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Birding
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Arenal Volcano
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Panama Canal
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Bocas del Toro
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Caribbean Coast
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San Jose
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Central Valley
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Volcan Poas National Park
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La Paz Waterfall
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Tortuguero National Park
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Birding
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Arenal Volcano
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Panama Canal
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Bocas del Toro
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Caribbean Coast
Grand Costa Rica, incl. Osa Peninsula (self drive)
RCG16S
16 NIGHTS
FROM £2,395
International flights and car hire quoted separately
Visit the magnificent Osa Peninsula and the Pacific Coast on this comprehensive self drive holiday. Visit the waterways of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean Coast, renowned for its turtle sightings. View the spectacular Arenal Volcano, the cloud forests of Monteverde & the rainforests and beaches of Manuel Antonio. Local flights included. Transfer option available on request.
Photo Osa Peninsula Costa Rica Self Drive Holiday Manuel Antonio
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San Jose
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Central Valley
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Volcan Poas National Park
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La Paz Waterfall
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Tortuguero National Park
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Birding
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Arenal Volcano
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Monteverde Cloud Forest
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Manuel Antonio
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Osa Peninsula
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San Jose
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Central Valley
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Volcan Poas National Park
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La Paz Waterfall
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Tortuguero National Park
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Birding
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Arenal Volcano
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Monteverde Cloud Forest
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Manuel Antonio
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Osa Peninsula
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