Just came back from visiting: San Jose, La Fortuna, Santa Elena, Jaco, Domical, and San Isidro.
While it isn't a very popluar tourist destination because of the lack of tours, and activities I had the best time in San Isidro.
The town is incredibly safe - felt very safe walking home from a very late night out, with roaming police and security are always within eye shot. Never once felt uneasy, or felt the need to keep my wallet in the hotel.
San Isidro is 40 minutes east of Domical on a PAVED road, 3-31/2 hours south of San Jose along the Pan American.
I'm just so impressed by this city I had to write. Lots of shopping, eating out, saw a football game (SJ vs Perez) and went to the expo.
Easy to get around, while I did have a car, I noticed that taxis were easy to come by, busses are all over the place.
I can't say enough nice things about this place. This was the highlight of my visit. After all the prevous days of tours and visiting the beach, over paying for "hand made stuff" it was relief to visit a town that didnt have tourist roaming the streets. I really felt like I was part of the town.
And the truth about the best looking people come from San Isidro - it's the truth. I couldn't believe it. The women and the guys - of all ages are very easy on the eyes.
I do not speak any spanish and was afraid I would have a problem since San Isidro isn't a tourist place - but I was very surprised.
I was also surprised that with the number of people who have family and friends in New Jersey (my home state). And know the different towns that I have lived and or worked in.