Better get used to saying ‘futbol’ since this is Costa Rica’s national sport and Latin America’s passion! Every day you will see players, young and old, enjoying football at the plaza – whether playing or cheering on the team with an ice cold beer from the open window of the Roca Dura Café!

Alternate Sunday’s football tournaments take place between the various communities of the region. Come and cheer on the San Gerardo teams – they are often at the top of their league!

The nearby town of Rivas (between San Isidro de General and San Gerardo) has a turf football pitch and spectator tournaments are frequent. Inquire at your hotel about the next games.

You are always welcome to join in a casual game too – or bring your own football and start one!

The annual regional soccer championship culminates in the semi-finals and finals in San Gerardo during the Carrera Chirripo or Chirripo Race. Sunday is devoted to these matches and Monday features ‘friendlies’ between many of the local teams.