If you are a coffee connoisseur then a tour of a plantation is a must do whilst visiting the Central Valley. The pretty towns of Grecia and Sarchí also offer a glimpse into rural Costa Rican life.

The Central Valley is Costa Rica’s fertile heartland in the geographical centre of the country. This is where most of the coffee plantations are located as it provides the perfect climate. Strawberries and blackberries are sold by the side of the road and dairy farms making artisan cheese are spread out over the rolling green hills. Pretty agricultural villages host farmer’s markets and it is here visitors can acquaint themselves with Costa Rica’s hearty country cooking. Although it is most famous for it’s coffee plantations, the Central Valley also offers white water rafting, waterfalls, active volcanoes and some of the country’s most vibrant bird life.

Holiday Ideas Including The Central Valley

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Places To Stay In The Central Valley

Best Time To Visit The Central Valley

The first half of the year from December until April is the driest. May is also a good time to go as a transition month with less tourists and not too much rain.

The second half of the year is wetter and slightly hotter, although temperatures are fairly constant year round. The worst of the rains are in September and October.

Overall, the Central Valley is slightly cooler than the rest of the country, especially on the slopes of the volcanoes where there are cloud forests.

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Weather Averages in the Central Valley

The Central Valley Highlights

An extremely beautiful area, the Central Valley is where most of Costa Rica’s coffee plantations are located. The wider area also offers many other activities such as visiting a volcano and bird watching.

  • Learn about Costa Rica’s most famous export on a coffee tour
  • Peer into the turquoise blue crater of poas volcano
  • Enjoy the refreshing La Paz waterfall and adjoining gardens
  • Adrenaline fueled river rafting
  • The quaint agricultural towns of Sarchí and Grecia
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