ESCAZU COSTA RICA
Escazu Costa Rica is a wealthy suburb on the hills, overlooking San Jose and Heredia, located at 8 kilometers from San Jose, approximately a 15 minute drive (traffic permitting). Escazu is well connected to San Jose by public buses and it features a wide selection of restaurants and hotels, most of them going from midrange to top end categories. Escazu is one of the most expensive places to live in Costa Rica; it is not only the residence place of affluent Costa Ricans, the US Ambassador and the British Ambassador but also home to many retired Americans and people from other nationalities including Europeans.
Escazu was a colonial settlement with the traditional charming old white adobe houses, featuring the blue stripe painted along the bottom of the house; surrounded by splendid mountains including the amazing Pico Blanco, at 7,250 feet from where you have an magnificent view of the Central Valley. Today, Escazu has changed a lot and each of the villages of this former little town, San Miguel de Escazú (Escazu downtown), San Rafael de Escazú, and San Antonio de Escazu has its own unique personality and style.
Escazu downtown maintains a more easygoing Costa Rican ambiance, with its Saturday morning farmers' market, abundant shops, sodas and narrow streets. The area of San Antonio is mostly a residential area with some hotels offering great views. San Rafael de Escazu has a collection of up-scaled stores, international trendy restaurants, an active nightlife and a heavy traffic along its main streets.
Although most of the places to live in Escazú are very expensive, there are still some reasonably priced apartments and homes available throughout the community, but of course not in San Rafael de Escazu.
For shopping in Escazu you can either go to the commercial and expensive area of San Rafael de Escazu or to Multiplaza Escazu Shopping Mall, located between Escazu and Santa Ana, one of the biggest malls in Costa Rica featuring stores, some restaurants, a grocery store, drugstores, banks, a food court, movie theater and more.
If you are staying in Escazu and are interested in taken an optional tour, please check our San Jose Tours, offering a selection of excursions ranging from River rafting and Zip line tours to Coffee tours.
There are plenty of restaurants and bars in Escazu such as La Casona de Laly an inexpensive place offering delicious Costa Rican dishes, and Tiquicia another Costa Rican Restaurant offering a great view of the Central Valley, Tiquicia even offers a Folkloric dance show on Thursdays. The more inexpensive places to eat are in Escazu downtown, they consist mostly of small restaurants and sodas, generally serving Costa Rican meals. The majority of the places to eat in Escazu are expensive, especially in the area of San Rafael de Escazu where there are all kind of fancy international restaurants, as well as a varied selection of American chain restaurants such as TGI Friday's and Tony Roma's.
At Trejos Montealegre complex you find plenty of upscale bars and dance spots; and at Plaza Colonial there are some stores, restaurants and a movie theater.
There is a good bus service between San Jose and Escazu and it takes around 25 minutes, depending on the traffic and the number of stops on route. Buses depart from the east side of the La Coca-Cola bus terminal in San Jose. All of the buses go through San Rafael de Escazu, however, only some of them go up the hill to the south of the city, ending near San Antonio de Escazu church, other bus routes end in Escazu's main plaza, and some of the buses go west.
For more information on Escazu buses and other public bus companies in Costa Rica visit Costa Rica bus.
La Coca-Coca bus terminal is a place very busy during the day, there is even a small market there. Be cautions! since La Coca-Coca is not considered a safe place specially at night, during the day is it is not bad, there are lot of people there, just remember not to carry with you any valuable things such as your camera or too much money.
The climate in Escazu is less warmer than in San Jose, its higher elevations contribute to placid temperatures ranging in the mid-70s to low 80s.
The original name of Escazu was Itscazu, an indigenous word meaning 'place of rest', it is said that Itscazu was a place where travelers stopped to rest and exchanged news about other regions in the country.
The second Sunday of March is a good day to visit Escazu since they celebrate the 'Día del Boyero' (Day of the oxcart driver) with a small parade of the traditional colorful hand painted oxcarts, this is a great day to be in contact with the Costa Ricans and learn more about this friendly people.
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