Costa Rica Towns: Top 5 Small Towns in Central Valley

I know that when you think of Costa Rica you think of forests and natural parks, animals, and beaches. But the Central valley is forgotten. To me, no traveler should miss this cultural capital of the country. If you want to learn about Costa Rica’s history and culture, this is the place for you. I bet anyone will love all the churches, historical museums, and national monuments. If adventure is your style, this region has something for you too: you can visit active volcanoes, you can go on day tours to Costa Rican coffee plantations, canopy tours, whitewater rafting adventures and so much more.

San Jose Town in Centrall Valley, Costa Rica

Small Towns in Costa Rica’s Central Valley

The central valley is formed by several towns that offer different and interesting things, such as:

1. San Jose City

San Jose is a metropolitan city where you will find everything there is in a big city with that friendly touch of Ticos. There are: public transportation, shopping, movies, markets, malls, restaurants, museums, parks, and hospitals. And A lot of more fun things to do in San Jose.

It is also surrounded by natural beauties like La Paz Gardens and Irazu volcano. Making it a great place for adventurers and culture lovers.

2. Cartago

This city is filled with history. It used to be the capital of Costa Rica in 1823. Plus it is home to the most important national religious shrine of Costa Rica, the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

Aside from that their botanical garden and the haunted sanatorium are also an amazing option.

3. Escazu

I like to call this place the “Beverly Hills of Costa Rica”. In it, you will find lots of crowded and large shopping malls and a variety of famous restaurants along with a big population of Expats.

This is the plate to go if you are looking for great for and shopping.

4. Heredia

Compared to San Jose this is a small town known as the City of Flowers and is home to the second-largest university of Costa Rica.

Some things worth checking out in it are the historic fort, going on a coffee tour, and a cultural museum.

Inside of a church in central valley of costa rica

5. Alajuela

This city is known as the mango capital of Costa Rica. This is the perfect place to stay in if you want to visit the Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall & Gardens, and coffee plantations.

These towns are all great places for you to stay and make your home base for your adventures in the area. So keep them in mind on your next visit to Costa Rica.

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5 Towns in Central Valley Costa Rica

Last Updated on May 11, 2023

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