Heredia is one of the larger towns in the Central Valley. Known locally as the “city of flowers” it is said to be the safest city in Costa Rica.
Heredia was once a simple village filled with coffee plantations. Today it is one of the most popular suburbs because of the many universities and international corporations it hosts. Costa Rica’s national university is located on the eastern end of downtown Heredia and visitors will learn that a large percentage of the population is made up of university students. Its proximity to all of the region’s top attractions as well as the variety of services available here makes Heredia a great place for a day trip or a full week’s stay.
Heredia’s central park is a gathering place for people both young and old. It is a great place to socialize and eat a refreshing ice cream from one of the many café’s that surround the park. While you may enjoy walking around the center and looking in the shops, there are many attractions in the surrounding province as well. The Café Britt coffee farm offers tours to show tourists how this delectable liquid gold gets from the plant to your coffee cup. InBioparque located in the nearby town of Santo Domingo in Heredia is only a bus ride away and displays Costa Rica’s most popular flora and fauna in excellent ecosystems. Further north and also only a bus ride away, you can visit Monte de La Cruz a green park with a breathtaking lookout over the city.
Hotels in Heredia Costa Rica
There are many small hotels both downtown and in the areas surrounding Heredia. Downtown may be a bit busy but is great for tourists who want to be in the center of the action. Aparthotel Roma is only two minutes from the center and offers big apartments and suites with excellent furnishings. America Hotel is also in the center and only a few minutes away from the best restaurants and bars in town. Other hotels such as the Condesa and Hotel Chalet el Tirol are higher up in the mountains allowing for great views of the Central Valley and a cooler climate. Be careful when booking a hotel and make sure that you know exactly where it is on the map before making your reservation. Heredia is a very large province and some hotels may be more out of the way than you wish.
Heredia is filled with both traditional Costa Rican cuisine and international food. If you do not plan to travel around the rest of the country, stop by Delicias de Mami just north of the central park for a taste of Caribbean cuisine. Sushi Kabuto offers a Japanese fusion menu in a laid back lunge environment. El Banco de los Mariscos is a little bit further out of the center in the mountain town of Santa Barbara but this restaurant offers an excellent selection of seafood. There are also a number of eateries, pastry shops and the central market is a great place to look at the variety of fruits and vegetables available in this tropical country.
If you are coming to Costa Rica on business, Heredia has the most tax free business parks, which are called “Zona Franca” locally. For this reason, there are also many hotels located on the General Cañas highway, which conveniently connects Heredia to the airport and downtown San Jose. Here you will find the following hotels:
- Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center
- DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari – San Jose Costa Rica
- The Cariari Bed and Breakfast
- Adventure Inn
- Terrazas de Golf Boutique Hotel
- Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
Costa Rica is a very friendly place but if you are looking for traditional hospitality along with modern facilities, Heredia is the place to be. Its mountainous backdrop will allow you to relax and fit in with the calm lifestyle here while being able to explore all of the best attractions only a few minutes away.