Back
You are here:

San Jose & Central Valley holidays

San Jose is located in a broad, fertile valley at an altitude of 1,150 metres and surrounded by the majestic Central Mountain range, providing the city with a dramatic backdrop. Founded in 1737, it is a pleasant mixture of traditional Spanish and modern, and although it is relatively small compared to most national capitals there are some interesting museums, art galleries, restaurants and shops. Many of the original colonial buildings have not survived the earthquakes and other rigours of time, but amidst the newer buildings there remain areas of traditional architecture and shady squares. The surrounding Central Valley is a verdant agricultural region with volcanoes and national parks, offering visitors to San Jose the opportunity to explore coffee plantations, the rainforest of the Braulio Carrillo National Park, the Poas volcano with its spectacular turquoise crater lake and many bird species in its dwarf cloud forest, or the orchids and other flora at Lankaster Gardens.

Explore San Jose & Central Valley

Click on your destination of interest

Places to Visit

The latest from Compass - our online travel magazine

Where to go for your autumn adventure


28 Apr 21

Autumn travel is for colour, culture and smaller crowds – as these six destinations prove. When Britain’s summertime ebbs away to autumn,

Read more

Where to go for your spring adventure


27 Apr 21

Avoid seasonal extremes, enjoy sweet-scented blossoms and spend Easter somewhere new, when you travel in spring. As winter thaws and new life

Read more

Where to go for your winter adventure


19 Mar 21

Whether you wish to embrace the season or escape it, these destinations guarantee an unforgettable winter journey. Contemplating a winter holiday? Then

Read more

Where to go for your summer adventure


28 Jan 21

Whether you plan to travel this year or the next, these thrilling destinations promise a summer escape to remember. When you think

Read more

Begin your journey

Contact one of our expert sales consultant

020 3797 4503

Request a brochure

Order your copy of the brochure to see the world come to life in print.