San Isidro, Costa Rica is also affectionately referred to by locals as Perez Zeledon. This is the largest city in the southern zone of Costa Rica. Perez Zeledon is located in the province of San Jose, in the Valley of the General, surrounded by the Talamanca Mountains. Mainly an agricultural and trade center, many tourists utilize San Isidro de General as a stopping point when traveling between San Jose and other Northern Costa Rica destinations and Southern Costa Rica destinations such as Dominical, Uvita, Golfito, Puerto Jimenez, and the Osa Peninsula. Perez Zeledon is also a great town to prepare for treks to Cerro Chirripo, which is Costa Rica’s highest peak and most challenging climb.
Located in the Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica, Perez Zeledon offers a very comfortable climate. From December through April, one can expect temperatures to reach a high in the low to mid 80’s and a low in the 60’s with very little rainfall. From May through November, one can expect temperatures to reach a high in the upper 70’s and a low in the 50’s with more prevelent rainfall. The rainfall during this time of the year is generally limited to late afternoons and early evenings (though it can rain at any given time).
Entertainment is plentiful in San Isidro de General. The following is a small percentage of the local businesses and activities that we recommend:
- Hike to Cerro Chirripo
- BTC Internet Cafe
- Southern Region Cultural Complex
- Las Quebradas Biological Center
- Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary
- Restarante Chirripo – Typical
- Primavera Pizzeria
- Cafe Delicias – Breakfast & Lunch
- Cafe de la Artes – Sandwiches & Art
- Taqueria Mexico Lindo – Mexican
- Restaurant & Bar La Troja