Escazú, San José

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The capital of Costa Rica, the city of San Jose is located in the heart of Costa Rica’s Central Valley, in between looming volcanic mountain chains and green grassy foothills, this city is modern and fast-paced. The ideal place to use as a base camp when touring the rest of the country, San Jose has a plethora of hotels, accommodations, restaurants, eateries and shopping to suit every pocket.

A very metropolitan city, San Jose today, houses over a million people including expats or gringos. As this city has expanded, so has its suburbs. A great place to stay in while in San Jose is at Escazu, considered by most Ticos (local Costa Ricans) to be among the most posh and upscale areas of the city. Ideal for the weary traveler who wishes to catch up on some much needed rest and relaxation, Escazu is a quiet, beautiful and secure suburb with all the comforts and trimmings of modernity.

A colonial town, Escazu is a premier suburb is situated just 7 km west of downtown San Jose. Spread out over a hillside over looking San Jose and Heredia, Escazu is made up of 3 adjoining neighborhoods; San Antonio de Escazu, Escazu Centro and San Rafael de Escazu. With the largest population of expatriates settling down here (mostly North Americans), this part of the city is a quite exclusive.

Easily accessible from all highways that lead to Costa Rica’s most popular attractions, Escazu is just a 10 minute drive downtown San Jose. Here one can find a car wash, an English movie theatre, a luxurious country club and a number of bowling alleys. There are also many fine restaurants and dining areas in this part of town, with an excellent nightlife. Banks, pharmacies, shops, grocery stores and even an 18-hole championship golf course can be found here, along with one of the biggest and most modern shopping malls in Central America, Multi Plaza. Even the US ambassador to Costa Rica has his residence in Escazu.

A great alternative location to living downtown mainly because many of the people here speak English, Escazu still retains some of its local flavor. Visit Escazu Centro to get a feel for the laidback Tico lifestyle here with its small narrow streets, quaint ambiance and colorful sodas or local restaurants. The area around San Rafael de Escazu is mostly residential with a much higher living standard.
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