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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Volcano
“Very magical place. This volcano has a lake in its crater. It is close to San Jose downtown. It is located in Cartago city. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Starbucks for great coffee Breakfast place great Italian restaurant great for lunch or dinner ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Zoo
“This is our absolute favorite place in all of Costa Rica! We have been there many, many times and always take our family and friends when visiting. La Paz has it all...beautiful waterfalls, butterfly garden, hummingbird garden, birds, monkeys, cats, frogs, plus more! Be sure you sign up for their buffet lunch! ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“ La Paz (Spanish: "the peace") is a waterfall in central Costa Rica. In Spanish, it is known as Catarata de La Paz. It is 31 kilometres (19 mi) north of Alajuela, between Vara Blanca and Cinchona. The waterfall is located immediately alongside the road from Alajuela that leads to the northern plains of Costa Rica. The River La Paz forms the waterfall after traversing 8 kilometres (5 mi) of volcanic terrain, and then continues through the rainforest of the eastern side of Poás Volcano. A short path leads behind the waterfall, where a small shrine had been located. Upstream from the waterfall is La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a hotel and park, where visitors can observe many different species.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Farm
“Great for have a different day. Learn about the Costa Rica Coffee culture and learn how is the coffee process. 20 min House tour. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Zoo
“This park has many attractions: 5 waterfalls with beautiful gardens, a zoo, an aviary with beautiful tropical birds, a butterfly farm where you can be among many butterflies and see how they are raised, a hummingbird sanctuary, a tropical frog sanctuary, a snake zoo, a trout pond, a nice restaurant, an historic farmhouse and more! It is not far from the casita, on the slopes of Poas Vocano.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Volcano
“Hiking Experience! For Hiking Lovers, we will take you to a park that takes you to a park that provides a variety of trails to immerse yourself in nature. Some of them lead to the amazing Barva Volcano Lagoons. Day trip to Barva Volcano is a prime option for anyone looking for a somewhat challenging hike in a tranquil setting away from the crowds. Barva, the overlooked middle child that lays between Poás and Irazú in Braulio Carrillo National Park, is almost exclusively trekked by Costa Ricans, not tourists. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“For the essentials, also a food court in case you need to grab a quick refreshment”
  • 15 locals recommend
Nature
“A short trail through the pine forest leads to an open area next to the famous cross where you can relax and enjoy the view of the Central Valley. Open 8-4, about $5 for foreigners. You can also rent a "rancho" with barbecue grill and picnic table.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Similar to Monte de la Cruz but less well known, with plenty of space for picnics and fútbol and a 6 km trail.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“Cheap entertainment for kids . Visit of Pueblo Antiguo is very interesting for adults and kids”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“This tropical rainforest boasts an unbelievable array of flora and fauna, accompanied by towering waterfalls and mountainous vegetation. Founded in 1978 in efforts to save some of the region that was being replaced by the Guapiles Highway, Braulio Carrillo is actually one of the most easily accessible parks in Costa Rica. The park features several dormant volcanoes and protected regions of the Sarapiqui River. This biodiversity lends to the abundance of species that populate the park.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Rappeling (Canyoning) down the waterfalls with our highly recommended guide, close to the Turrialba volcano so some of the waterfalls are naturally warmed! An amazing experience. This tour is an intermediate level, as the hike up is also already quite adventurous. There are however easier rappeling tours in Sitio Mata that we also recommend. Also suitable for children. Lunch is included with both tours. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Museum
“Museo de Cultura Popular is a museum in the village of Santa Lucia de Barva, just south of Barva, Costa Rica. It is located in the former home of ex-president Alfredo Gonzalez Flores. Address: Heredia Province, Barva, Costa Rica Hours: Closes 4PM Phone: +506 2260 1619”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“A 25-minute drive from Casa Mora B&B will take you to one of the preferred destinations for one day tours for hiking and birdwatching. It offers 16 kilometers (10 miles) of well-kept trails. Exploring the park can take up to 4-5 hours stopping to enjoy the surrounding nature. You can plan to go alone or on a tour. If you're going alone consider planning for a picnic, you won't regret it!”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Casual Dining. Excellent Pizzas, healthy foods, Fruit Drinks, Beer, Lunch and Dinner. Closed Mondays.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the best restaurants in Heredia. Authentic Libanese food and stunning views. Highly recommended. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great oven baked pizza, tasty pasta, yummy deserts. It has been consistantly good. The vegetarian Managua pizza is our favorite! ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Si te gusta la Trova, no puedes dejar de visitar LA CANTINA DE SABINA, muy cerca de mi loft.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing view. Delicious typical Food. Try the Chorreada or the Tortilla Alieñada.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Steakhouse, Costa Rican food, smoothies and great deserts! You can have a "Casado" here!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Paella (spanish dish) is probably the best you will ever eat. The place is just old fashion Spain and the owner will make your lunch/dinner amazing.”
  • 4 locals recommend

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