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central region

central region costa rica

Costa Rica is framed by the Caribbean coast to the east and the Pacific to the west.  Everything in between we're calling the Central Region.

This encompasses the capital San José.  Due to its strategic location and international airport, San José is the ideal place to use as a base to start or end your journey in Costa Rica.  Whilst the city itself is not really worth spending any time in, it has a spectacular setting in the middle of the fertile Central Valley, circled by the jagged silhouettes of soaring mountains on all sides.  

We are featuring the following recommendations in Costa Rica's central region:

There are plenty more excellent lodges, country inns and hotels to choose from here.  

For a one night arrival or departure stop-over in San José itself, we would recommend somewhere like Grano de Oro with its rooftop sun deck (with two jacuzzis) and its excellent restaurant.

You may also be interested in other regions in Costa Rica...

Our travel specialists can tailor-make the ideal itinerary for you.  Please don't hesitate to contact us on 020 8968 0501 to discuss your dates and requirements.

 

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Weather & Seasons

Despite its small size, Costa Rica has a number of distinct microclimates. The Caribbean coast is humid all year round with the driest months being September and October; wildlife lovers, however, might prefer to visit this region from July to August to watch nesting turtles. The rest of the country experiences a dry season from December to April, when there is plenty of sun and temperatures are high, and a rainy season from May to November. However, this is not a hard-and-fast rule for all regions: for example, the rainy season starts a month earlier in the south Pacific, while the northern areas, including the Guanacaste coast, are not as affected by the seasons and are generally much drier. The highlands and cloud forests have warm temperatures during the day but the high altitude means evenings are much cooler. 

Everything else

  • Flying time from London:  15 hours
  • Currency:  Colón. Notes can be withdrawn from the many ATMs using a UK credit or debit card. There's at least one in most main towns. You may have to authorise your bank first, and withdrawals may be limited to amounts lower than in the UK. US dollars cash can be exchanged in banks too. US dollars themselves are widely accepted.
  • Language:  Spanish
  • Visa requirements:  No requirement if your stay is less than 3 months as a British citizen
  • Time difference:  GMT -5 hours
grano de oro san jose

grano de oro san jose


central region, costa rica    room per night from ¬£120

Occupying a converted turn-of-the-century mansion in Costa Rica's capital, San Josť,, the charming Grano de Oro is set on a quiet, tree-lined street just off the capital's main thoroughfare. Perfect as a 'stop over' on arrival in the country.

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lost iguana

lost iguana


central region, costa rica    room per night from ¬£180

Set amidst 120 acres of pristine rainforest that's home to the most fascinating biodiversity, Lost Iguana Resort & Spa is the perfect base for both adventure seekers and those looking to simply relax.

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xandari resort and spa

xandari resort and spa


central region, costa rica    room per night from ¬£200

A delightful hotel with colourful villas set amongst 40 acres of tropical gardens, with a charming spa, delectable Costa Rican cuisine and sensational views over San Josť.

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finca rosa blanca

finca rosa blanca


central region, costa rica    suite per night from ¬£280

Finca Rosa Blanca is a quirky boutique country inn located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica near San Josť, with commanding views of volcanoes, cloud forests and coffee plantations. Just 25 minutes from San Josť airport, it's an ideal stop-over to unwind at the beginning or end of your holiday.

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el silencio lodge and spa

el silencio lodge and spa


central region, costa rica    suite per night from ¬£295

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an eco-lodge set amongst 500 acres of private rainforest just over an hour from San Jose in Bajos del Toro offering gorgeous accommodation, picture-perfect panoramas, and a whole host of pampering and nature-based activities.

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arenal nayara

arenal nayara


central region, costa rica    room per night from ¬£340

An elegant hotel surrounded by lush tropical forest with unbeatable views of one of the world's most picturesque volcanoes, Arenal. Arenal Nayara has a wonderful spa and provides the perfect base from which to explore central Costa Rica.

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pacuare lodge

pacuare lodge


central region, costa rica    suite per night from ¬£585

Pacuare Lodge is a luxurious nature and adventure loverís paradise hidden away in the heart of Costa Ricaís most pristine jungle. Best accessed by white water raft, it combines stunning accommodation, adventure activities and an abundance of wildlife.

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nayara springs

nayara springs


central region, costa rica    villa per night from ¬£650

Voted No.1 resort in Central & South America by Conde Nast Traveller Readers' 2015, Nayara Springs is an adults-only luxury tropical hideaway with just 16 exceptional villas surrounded by creeks, tropical rainforest, natural hot springs and magnificent views of Arenal volcano.

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