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San Isidro de El General
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Introducing San Isidro de El General

With a population of only 45,000, San Isidro de El General is little more than a sprawling, utilitarian town at the crossroads between some of Costa Rica's prime destinations. Still, the strolling lovers and teenage troublemakers give the town square some charm, as does its unexpectedly lively bar scene.

‘El General’ is the region’s largest population center and major transportation hub. If you're traveling to the southern Pacific beaches or Chirripó, a brief stop is inevitable. Some accommodations options just outside the town environs are worthy destinations in their own right.

And – a curious footnote! – the women of San Isidro de El General are widely regarded as Costa Rica’s finest. It must be the fresh mountain air and strong coffee!