Escazú, San José

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Headed to San José? Consider staying in – or at least visiting – the suburb of Escazú, located on a hill about five miles west of the downtown San José area. Upscale yet charming, Escazú dates back to colonial times and is a favorite destination for well-to-do American travelers and expatriates. In Escazú, you can enjoy the unique atmosphere of Costa Rica with all the modern amenities you could want at your fingertips. You might even run into the U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica, who lives in this suburb.

Proximity to San José

San José, the capital of Costa Rica, is a fantastic place to visit, and it makes a great hub for exploring the rest of the country. However, staying in downtown San José is not for everyone. As a modern, thriving city, San José can be busy, crowded, and noisy, and it’s not always the most restful environment for travelers. If you choose to stay in Escazú instead, you’ll be able to explore everything San José has to offer during the day, and you’ll still have a peaceful haven to return to in the evenings. It only takes ten minutes to drive from Escazú to San José, making Escazú a convenient place to stay as well as an enjoyable one.

Easy Access to Amenities and Entertainment

Escazú has everything you might need while you’re on the go. Pick up a picnic lunch at one of the many grocery stores in town, or swing into the local car wash to give your vehicle a quick rinse before you go exploring for the day. Even if you decide to stay right in Escazú, you won’t get bored. Some of the best shopping and dining options in all of Costa Rica are right here. Play a round of golf at an 18-hole golf course, check out the upscale country club, or see a movie at the English movie theater. Shopping fans will enjoy Escazú’s large American-style shopping mall that has three floors, plenty of international brands, a movie theater, and a food court.

Luxury With Local Charm

Escazú might be “Americanized” in some ways – it’s certainly one of the most modern areas around San José. But this suburb never lets you forget that you’re in Costa Rica. Even in Escazú, it’s easy to step off the beaten track and discover sights and sounds that are unique to this beautiful country. If you’re staying in San Rafael de Escazú, the busiest and most modern neighborhood of this suburb, take the time to visit Escazú Centro and San Antonio de Escazú, the other two neighborhoods that make up the town. Escazú Centro, in particular, is full of quaint local charm. Here you’ll find traditional adobe buildings, beautiful Costa Rica churches, and narrow, twisting roads. Escazú tends to be a safe and secure area, so you can explore to your heart’s content.

Plenty of English Speakers

Many English-speaking travelers feel a little nervous about visiting a country where they don’t speak the local language. If you don’t speak any Spanish and you’re concerned about the possibility of being unable to communicate with locals in Costa Rica, staying in Escazú might be the perfect solution. Thanks to Escazú’s large expat population, many of the people you’ll run across here – both locals and transplants – speak good English. You’ll easily be able to communicate with others if you need to ask for directions or other assistance.

If you’re looking for a comfortable and modern place to stay in the San José area, Escazú is the perfect destination for you. It’s got all the charm Costa Rica has to offer, along with the conveniences of a modern city. Whether you spend the majority of your time in Escazú or use the town as your springboard for day trips in farther-flung parts of the country, staying in Escazú is a luxurious experience you won’t forget any time soon.
Featured Restaurants
Restaurants in Escazú, San José
Tintos y Blancos Escazu
Starting at $12 / US dollars