The Central Valley is the most important, economically speaking, area of Costa Rica. We are talking about the capital city, and the most populated cities of the country, half of the total population of Costa Rica and the labor and social heart of the country. It is geographically in the center of the country, allowing all sorts of possibilities for programs and events.
The Central Valley, flat and totally surrounded by mountains enjoys a permanent breeze and some great landscapes in blue and green.
The Central Valley has two main periods: The sunny and the rainy with a very stable and quite pleasant temperature of 71° F all year round.
The sunny season starts in December and goes all the way to mid-May and temperatures may rise to the 80°s (F°)
In the rainy season temperature does not change much and rains happen usually two or three hours in the afternoons. (Except when hurricanes or low pressure systems in the Caribbean cause episodes of continuous pouring rains. But then, again, these happen twice or three times in the year).
In the surrounding central mountains temperature may drop a little specially in December and January. (To 60°s F°)
In the Central Valley you will find the core of the Costa Rican culture, from the central markets of the main cities to all sorts of museums, theaters, typical restaurants and shows, and the roots of the traditions of the center of the country, where most of the population lives.
Area, population and cities
With an area of 3237 km² (2011 mi2) and as of 2010, it has a population of 2,600,00 million people.
The main city is, of course San Jose, not only the capital city but the one where you will find larger population areas, the government offices, and the main museums, hotels and off site venues.
The other cities are Cartago, on the East side, Heredia and Alajuela. In Alajuela is where the International Airport Juan Santamaría (SJO) is located.
National Parks in Guanacaste
Arenal Volcano National Park
Braulio Carrillo National Park
Irazú Volcano National Park
Juan Castro Blanco National Park
Poás Volcano National Park
Tapantí National Park
Turrialba Volcano National Park
Accomodations for Incentives Programs and Events:
- Costa Rica Marriott
- Double Tree Cariari
- Real Intercontinental
- Wyndham Herradura
- Courtyard Marriott
Some of the most popular activities for participants in the Central Valley are:
- Rainforest Hikes and aerial trams
- Bird Watching
- Hot Springs
- Rainforest Zip-lining Tours
- White Water Rafting
- River Tubing
- Horseback Riding
- Projects of social sensitivity
- Wildlife Rescue Centers
Airlines arriving in the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO):
Aeroméxico Mexico City
Air Canada Rouge Toronto–Pearson
Air Panama David, Panama City-Albrook
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles
American Airlines Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami
Seasonal: New York–JFK, Phoenix
Avianca Costa Rica Bogotá, Guatemala City, Lima, Managua, Panama City, San Salvador
Seasonal: Cancún Avianca Guatemala Guatemala City, San Andrés, Tegucigalpa
British Airways London-Gatwick (begins 27 April 2016)]
Condor Frankfurt, Santo Domingo
Copa Airlines Guatemala City, Managua, Panama City, Tegucigalpa
Copa Airlines Colombia Guatemala City, Panama City
Cubana de Aviación Havana
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Los Angeles
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK
Interjet Mexico City
JetBlue Airways Fort Lauderdale, Orlando
Nature Air (Local airline) Bocas del Toro, Drake Bay, Golfito, La Fortuna, Liberia, Limón, Managua, Nosara, Puerto Jimenez, Punta Islita, Quepos, Tamarindo, Tambor, Tortuguero
Sansa Airlines (Local airline) Costa Esmeralda, Drake Bay, Golfito, La Fortuna, Liberia, Limón, Palmar Sur, Puerto Jimenez, Quepos, San Isidro, Tamarindo, Tambor, Tortuguero
Southwest Airlines Baltimore, Houston–Hobby
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Denver 
Veca Airlines San Salvador
Volaris Cancún, Guadalajara
WestJet Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson