Essential Travel

The Central Valley
San Jose, Costa Rica

The Central Valley is where you find the 'city life' in Costa Rica a perfect blend of local culture and modern life.

The Central Valley, San Jose

Strikingly beautiful with a mild and dry climate all year round, it is no wonder that Costa Rica’s Central Valley is where over two-thirds or 70% of the population resides. Located just south of San Jose Metro Area, the Central Valley or Meseta Central covers a large portion of the interior of Costa Rica. Lush and green with many plantations, farming is one of the main occupations here, as the soil in the area is very fertile and rich in minerals from the presence of the two active volcanoes namely; volcan Irazu and Volcan Poas. The Central Valley is where you find the ‘city life’ in Costa Rica a perfect blend of local culture and modern life. Called a tropical Switzerland because of its strong banking/financial institutions and a recession-proof Real Estate Market. Nearly all visits to Costa Rica take you through the Central Region at some point.

The Central Valley had been traditionally the favorite place for Costa Ricans to live, and even today it contains an unequal distribution of population of the country, in relation to its size. Because of the agglomeration of population, the valley is the center of commerce, industry and service activities, just helped by ports on both coasts, and by Liberia in Guanacaste (which has the other international airport besides Juan Santamaría Airport in Alajuela) that have similar economic movement.

Experience a mild, pleasant dry season, with moderate temperatures for most of the year. This area has a lower than average amount of rainfall. The weather is almost perfect from December until April and rainy season begins in May until November.Average temperature 75°F with 75% humidity.

There are many places of interest to visit in the Central Valley, Costa Rica:

Braulio Carrillo National Park
Childrens Eternal Rain Forest
Curi-Cancha Reserve
Irazu Volcano National Park
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Poas Volcano National Park
Reventazon River
San Luis Waterfall in Monteverde
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
Turrialba Volcano National Park
Viento Fresco Waterfalls
Aguas Zarcas de San Carlos
Lagarto
Poás
Tilaran

Some of the Flora and Fauna of the Central Valley, Costa Rica

Bare-necked Umbrellabird
Resplendent Quetzal
Common Tink Frog
Spiny Green Lizard
Long-tailed Manakin
Violet Sabrewing
Three-Toed Sloth
Jaguar
Agouti
Paca
Coati
Vampire Bat
White-Faced or Capuchin Monkey
Ground Anole
Armadillo
Bananaquit
Chestnut-mandibled Toucan
Collared Peccary
Mantled Howler Monkey
Kinkajou
Long-tailed Hermit
Olingo
Puma
Three-wattled Bellbird
Chestnut-headed Oropendola
Keel-billed Toucan
Turquoise-browed Motmot
Baird’s Tapir
Jaguarundi
Margay
Spider Monkey
Tayra
Ocelot
Giant Toad or Cane Toad

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