The region of Costa Rica surrounding the capital San Jose is known as the Central Valley. Set at 3,000 feet, the weather is temperate, averaging in the mid-70s year-round. Quite pleasant. And although 70% of Costa Rica’s population lives here, there are plenty of refuges from the crowded capital and its suburbs. Quiet rural areas. Tiny villages. Bustling market towns with everything from doctors to farmers’ markets.
It’s an agricultural center as well, with abundant coffee and sugar plantations and cattle ranches strung on the plains and hills of the region. But it’s not all cultivated land. Plenty of natural, untouched areas still exist, full of wildlife.
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