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Top Choice Gardens in Parque Nacional Volcán Poás

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

This storybook garden complex just east of Volcán Poás offers the most enchanting day trip in the Central Valley. Guests walk 3.5km of trails to five scenic waterfalls, and can also wander around a butterfly conserv…
Top Choice French in Parque Nacional Volcán Poás

Colbert Restaurant

At this charming restaurant 6km east of Poasito, the toque-clad, mustachioed French chef Joël Suire looks like he’s straight out of central casting. Naturally, the menu is loaded with traditional French items such a…
National Park in Parque Nacional Volcán Poás

Parque Nacional Volcán Poás

Just 37km north of Alajuela by a winding and scenic road is the most heavily trafficked national park in Costa Rica. And for those who want to peer into an active volcano – without the hardship of hiking one – it’s …
Breakfast in Parque Nacional Volcán Poás

Freddo Fresas

This homey brunch spot looks like it was built from oversize Lincoln logs. It's known for heavenly strawberry smoothies (milky ones beat watery ones) and large, piping hot breakfasts that fuel some serious volcano h…