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San Jose and Central Valley

Due to its strategic location, San Jose is the ideal places to use as a base to start or end your journey in Costa Rica. The capital of Costa Rica has a spectacular setting in the middle of the fertile Central Valley, framed by the jagged silhouettes of soaring mountains on all sides. Just 30-minutes outside San Jose is Alajuela, yet still within easy reach of the airport and natural attractions.

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

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Pacuare Lodge

Turrialba, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

Pacuare Lodge is a luxurious nature and adventure lover’s paradise hidden away in the heart of Costa Rica’s most pristine jungle. Best accessed by white water raft, it combines thrilling adventure activities and an abundance of wildlife.

Best for: Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track

Arenal Nayara

Arenal, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

A stylish hotel surrounded by lush tropical forest with unbeatable views of one of the world's most picturesque volcanoes, Arenal. The Arenal Nayara provides the perfect base from which to explore the central region of Costa Rica & includes a superb spa.

Best for: Adventure, Family, Honeymoon, Spa & health

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort

Coffee Region, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort is an arty boutique country inn located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica near San Jose, with stunning views of nearby volcanoes, cloud forests and coffee plantations. Each guest room is individual in style.

Best for: Eco/ethical tourism, Spa & health

Nayara Springs

Arenal, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

Nayara Springs is the exclusive adults only part of the hugely popular Arenal Nayara, boasting 50 exclusive private spring villas, surrounded by creeks, tropical rainforest, natural hot springs and views of Arenal, the third most active volcano on earth.

Best for: Adventure, Couples, Honeymoon, Spa & health

El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Coffee Region, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an eco-lodge set amongst lush cloud forest just over an hour from San Jose in Bajos del Toro offering beautiful suites and villas, picture-perfect panoramas, and a whole host of pampering and nature-based activities.

Best for: Eco/ethical tourism, Spa & health, Wildlife

Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve

Cloud Forest, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

Villa Blanca Hotel & Spa is a characterful lodge set in some of the most spectacular cloud forest in Costa Rica and conveniently located just 60km from San Jose offering comfortable accommodation and great outdoor excursions amid breathtaking scenery.

Best for: Eco/ethical tourism, Adventure, Wildlife, Off the beaten track

Hacienda AltaGracia

Chirripo Mountains, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

Experience ultimate Costa Rican hospitality at the luxurious Hacienda AltaGracia which is set on a former coffee plantation. Get off the beaten track to experience one of the country's last hidden gems in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica.

Best for: Riding, Ultimate luxury, Couples, Honeymoon

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