Central Valley Points of Interest and Places to Visit

Central Valley

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Arenal Volcano National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 307 Reviews

Although visitors once flocked to Arenal Volcano for its impressive lava shows, the 5,437-foot (1,657-meter) volcano has stayed quiet since its last eruption ...  Read more

San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 119 Reviews

Bountiful produce stalls, local-approved cafeterias, and vendor stalls selling everything from coffee beans to cowboy boots give visitors to San Jose’s ...  Read more

Poas Volcano National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 86 Reviews

Poas Volcano National Park houses one of the more popular volcanoes in Costa Rica—a telling superlative for a country with world-famous geothermal activity. ...  Read more

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 52 Reviews

The 16 hanging bridges that line the paths of Costa Rica’s Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park stretch a total of 1.6 miles (2.6 kilometers) across the steep ...  Read more

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Far from the epicenter of tourist claptrap that is La Fortuna, the tiny village of El Castillo offers another, rather less accessible, vantage point for seeing ...  Read more

La Fortuna Waterfall

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

La Fortuna Waterfall cascades 200 feet (61 meters) down the sheer cliff face of Cerro Chato, the Arenal Volcano’s dormant and thickly forested twin. One of ...  Read more

Kalambu Hot Springs Water Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

What’s the only thing better than visiting hot springs in the uplands of La Fortuna? How about splashing inside of the hot springs after racing top speed down ...  Read more

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

4.5 star rating: Recommended 105 Reviews

This popular jungle oasis is the number one ecological attraction in Costa Rica. With incredible hiking that’s easily accessible from the capital city, as ...  Read more

Sarapiqui River

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

In 1856 this iconic Costa Rican river transported weapons, soldiers and food during the war against the filibusters. Today, Sarapiqui River has been named a ...  Read more

Doka Estate

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Costa Rica has some of the world’s most flavorful coffee and travelers who favor this bold brew can see how these prized beans make it from farm to table on a ...  Read more

Braulio Carrillo National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 119 Reviews

The vast protected forest of Braulio Carrillo National Park may be divided by one of the nation’s busiest highways, but this just means easy access for ...  Read more

National Museum (Museo Nacional)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

The National Museum, housed in the barracks of the Bellavista Fortress, has been proudly displaying indigenous and pre-Columbian artifacts, religious artwork ...  Read more

Sarapiqui Canopy

4.5 star rating: Recommended 84 Reviews

You’ve heard all about Costa Rica’s famous biodiversity – and the tropical rainforest Sarapiqui Canopy is the place to experience it first-hand. Home of ...  Read more

Tabacon Hot Springs

4.5 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

Tumbling waterfalls, luxury spa and dining options, and the dramatic backdrop of Arenal Volcano set Tabacon Hot Springs apart from Costa Rica’s many thermal ...  Read more

Orosi River Valley

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

The thick green forests, fertile coffee plantations and scenic mountains of the Orosi River Valley draw bird watchers, freshwater fishermen and nature lovers ...  Read more

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