Tag Archive: Towns

Aug 21 2012

Why We Chose Nuevo Arenal

Why We Chose Nuevo Arenal by Janet Bradshaw My husband Scott and I visited Costa Rica for the first time in 2000 and instantly fell in love with the lush, tropical vegetation, breathtaking natural features (rivers, waterfalls, and volcanoes) and tremendous biodiversity.  After several more visits in subsequent years, we thought we might consider retiring …

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Jul 04 2012

Why I Chose to Live in Heredia City, by Joe Tursi

I first came to Costa Rica in 1995 to do something different. I had enrolled to study Spanish for a month at CPI Language School in San Joaquin de Flores, on the outskirts of the city of Heredia.  My Tico “father” (I was in a home-stay/school situation as part of the language program) would go …

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May 07 2012

The Mountain Town of Puriscal

Puriscal is a canton (county) within San Jose province. Its heart and capital is Santiago de Puriscal, a mountain town about an hour west (41 km.) of San Jose. The population of the canton of Puriscal is 41,000 and it is composed of nine districts: Santiago (the county seat) Mercedes Sur Barbacoas San Rafael Candelaria …

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Mar 08 2012

Where We Live: Santiago de San Ramón

The canton (county) of San Ramón is made up of 13 districts, with a total population of about 80,000 people; it is also the second largest canton in Alajuela province. The town of San Ramón is District #1 and is home to about 13,500 people, in an area about 11 blocks square. In a sense, …

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Jan 05 2012

A Day Trip to Lovely Zarcero

Featured Article – A Day Trip to Zarcero As you leave San Ramon (elevation 3400’), passing through San Juan towards Zarcero, you immediately start ascending.   Zarcero is a mountain town, elevation 5600’ located about 40 minutes from San Ramon. As you drive up, up, you begin to see some of the most stunning mountain …

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Dec 18 2011

The 7 Reasons Why We Still Choose San Ramon

(Updated 12/29/15) Previously, we covered the 10 reasons we chose San Ramón de Alajuela. If you haven’t read it yet, here’s a quick summary: Reason #1: It’s still a real Tico town. Reason #2: It’s convenient to the airport. Reason #3: It’s convenient to the beach. Reason #4: It’s convenient to good hospitals. Reason #5: …

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Nov 15 2011

The 10 Reasons Why We Chose San Ramon de Alajuela

People always ask us why we moved to San Ramon de Alajuela as opposed to other, possibly more popular, locations in Costa Rica. Our interest in San Ramon actually began before our first visit, just from doing research on the Internet and in the books we read. It was reinforced when we visited this westernmost …

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