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We have come to love the ever changing street scene and vibrance of the city of San Jose. However, many of our guests come for the abundant nature that Costa Rica offers, and understandably find that the hustle and bustle of our main city is not their cup of tea.

The hotels listed in this section offer an enjoyable alternative to San Jose. Most of these are located less than sixty minutes from San Jose and the international airport (some are under 30 minutes away). Each has a unique character all its own. These are also some of our favorite honeymoon hideaways. Take time to enjoy the diversity as you browse through this selection of the Central Valley's finest hotels.


Featured Lodging:


The per night rate for the hotels in this area are priced as follows.


                                                        $$$$:    $300.00 and above

                                                         $$$:     $175.00 - $300.00

                                                           $$:     $100.00 - $175.00

                                                             $:     Under $100.00    



Featured Language School:


  • CPI Language Study: Study Spanish in peaceful Heredia



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Oxcart Wheel
The town of Sarchi has become well known as the home of that colorful symbol of Costa Rica, the painted ox cart. Yes, miniature versions have become popular as mini bars purchased by tourists to ship home.  But the history of the ox cart is much more interesting, and they have played a very important part in the economic development of this country.
During the colonial period, they were used for the transportation of coffee, sugar cane, tobacco and other agricultural products.  Teams of two oxen would pull the product laden carts down the treacherous paths from the Central Valley to Puntarenas for eventual export.