Head for the highlands

Another place to visit while the sun is shining: Zarcero and the mountain roads that wind through its surroundings. A drive from San José (or coming the other way, from La Fortuna and the Zona Norte) to this highland region is spectacularly beautiful, and it’s nice to do it when you’re less likely to battle torrential roads next to a cliff face.

Zarcero is famous for its topiary garden, a great place for kids to explore and stretch their legs after sitting in the car. For eats, my family loves El Rancho de Ceci, about 10 minutes after the gardens when you’re driving from San José.

Do you love this region? Where do you like to stop, eat or stay?

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