Costa Rica’s Central Valley towns are known for their beauty and charm. The many expats who have their second homes in the Valley enjoy going to art galleries, handicraft shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants, flower markets, and friendly village churches. If you’d prefer the serenity of a lakeside community, then consider Costa Rica’s Arenal area. The site of the Arenal Volcano, it also boasts ravishing Lake Arenal and the charming villages of Nuevo Arenal and Tilarán. Read More.