With a population of around 45,000, San Isidro de El General is the fastest-growing urban area outside the capital. Little more than a sprawling, utilitarian market town, San Isidro has everything you need without making a trip to San Jose. Large department stores of appliances and televisions, tons of clothing stores, lots of shoe stores, cell phone and electronic stores, plenty of pharmacies, a big hardware store for construction supplies, and anything else you may be looking for.
There are many professional services as well such as mechanics, lawyers, doctors, dentists, architects, topographers, insurance offices, car rentals, and more. Every Thursday and Friday there is a Farmer’s Market where locally grown fruits and produce are sold by vendors.
‘El General’/San Isidro (often referred to as Pérez Zeledón, the name of the municipality) is the region’s largest population center and major transportation hub.