San Isidro de El General
There is active commerce, lots of stores, schools, mechanics, hospitals, postal offices, etc. San Isidro de El General has a small but significant American retiree population.
International Park La Amistad is near this city.
San Isidro del General is located 2 hours from the Chirripó Mountain and 45 minutes from Dominical Beach. Buses from San José, also from Quepos via Dominical. The "Musoc" bus line is dependable, comfortable, and very affordable.
San Isidro del General is small enough to explore on foot. Taxis line up on the streets around the central church.
The market downtown is worth exploring. The city is small and pleasant to walk around.
There is a commercial center downtown, one mall in the southern end of town, and a new one about to open in december in the center of town. Not a big place for shopping, but visit the local market to see the culture, eat, and buy some fruits. Maxi-Bodega has many American food products. You can find several shoe stores with a selection of American brands. Some bargains can be found.
The central market is the place to eat like the locals. There are lots of soda restaurants around, many of them are quite good. Dishes with chicken and rice are usually done well. Many places serve fresh fruit juices that are delicious.
But if you want something more international here are a few places:
There are several popular bars in San Isidro de El General. Although the city is quite small, some of the best bars are a little off the beaten track. It is recommended to hire a taxi for bar-hopping. Below is a list and description of the best bars.
There are some small hotels where you can rent a room. The city is small, just look around.