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CITY GUIDE
SANTA ANA, COSTA RICA

Located 15 kilometers west of the capital of Costa Rica is the small city of Santa Ana. Situated in the center of the country within the Central Valley, Santa Ana is a growing and thriving community. There are approximately 12,000 people living within the 2 square miles of the city and over 2.2 million in the metropolitan area.

Santa Ana is considered to be one of the most modern and luxurious communities in Costa Rica. Complete with high-end shopping malls and restaurants as well as a championship golf course, Santa Ana is poised to continue its ascent; and it has room to grow. Santa Ana still maintains a rural feel and was named the number one place in Costa Rica for life expectancy, education and living standards. There are no higher education institutions in Santa Ana but there are two public schools and an international private school - United World College of Costa Rica.

Life in Santa Ana centers around both the traditions of Costa Rica as well as a luxurious vibe created by the students who attend the private schools and the fine gourmet dining in town. Just a few kilometers north of Santa Ana are a series of recognizable brands like McDonald’s and Taco Bell. The beautiful Santa Ana Catholic Church, dating back to 1880, is located in the center of the city and is a recognizable landmark and meeting area for residents.

Most experts believe that Santa Ana was the first official Spanish settlement in the Central Valley. With evidence going back over 450 years, it is believed that the explorer, Juan de Cavallón y Arboleda, founded the city but faced resistance from a local tribe. This settlement lasted only two years before the settlers moved elsewhere. Over the centuries, though, the area developed into the modern city it is today while still maintaining its first settlement status.

You’ll find the Sunday fresh fruit and vegetable markets, the Herpetological Refuge Costa Rica, as well as the Centro de Conservación de Santa Ana.

Santa Ana is located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica and is considered to have a tropical climate. It does get a little warmer in Santa Ana compared to the nearby capital of San Jose. The warmest months of the year are February through May when high temperatures reach into the mid-80s. For most of the year, low temperatures will dip into the low-to-mid 60s. The driest month is January with rain barely exceeding 0.2 inches whereas the wettest month is September with an average of 13 inches of rainfall.

Real estate and rentals are comparable to other Central Valley locations although the focus tends to be more on gated communities and neighborhoods and less on apartments and condos. There are homes available to suit all budgets and preferences with more planned.

Although small in area, Santa Ana is a thriving and luxurious location to call home. Its proximity to San Jose and its upscale, yet easy-going, atmosphere makes it one of the most up-and-coming suburbs in the Central Valley.

KEY FACTS:

Santa Ana, Costa Rica

Santa Ana, Costa Rica
  • Country: Costa Rica

  • Province: San Jose

  • Population: 11,775

  • Area:

    Land: 3.22 km2

Lifestyle

Lifestyle and Culture

The museums in-and-around Santa Ana offer exhibits for both adults and kids. Nearby, travelers and residents will find the Museo de los Ninos and the Museum of Costa Rican Art. The Agricultural Historical Museum, located at the Santa Ana Conservation Center, consists of historical buildings, a collection of equipment that was used to harvest and process coffee, agricultural plots and more.

The biggest festival in Santa Ana is the Festival Gastronómico de Santa Ana. This annual festival offers food and beverage tastings, theater, dance, music, activities for children and much more. There is also a variety of annual festivals and events throughout the Central Valley.

Lifestyle

Entertainment and Tourism

The Santa Ana Conservation Center, or Centro de Conservación de Santa Ana, is a 140 acre wilderness area featuring trails, abundant forests, animals, picnic areas and more. There is a house on the property dating back 250 years that was used as the first church in Santa Ana.

Although not known for having a major nightlife, there are a few locally popular bars and clubs in Santa Ana and the surrounding area including Henry’s Beach Club, AITapas and Jazz Café Escazú.

Golf is the main sport in Santa Ana. Home to the Parque Valle del Sol, this is the first pro golf course in Costa Rica – and it’s open to the public. There is also a variety of public basketball courts, soccer fields and parks.

Entertainment and Tourism
Neighbourhoods

Cities

As the Central Valley continues to grow, there are many thriving communities around Santa Ana that make living here a great experience.

Neighbourhoods

Escuza

Known as an upscale suburb just 10 miles from downtown San Jose, Escuza has everything from bowling alleys to country clubs. While Escuza offers a high standard of living, it retains its older Tico culture visible in its atmosphere, eateries and markets.

Ciudad Colón

Ciudad Colón is just west of Santa Ana, it provides a more natural presence than its nearby suburbs and is known as a place where aspiring writers, musicians and artists can visit an Artist’s Colony. The cost of living is low and the amenities are not as modern but it still offers everything one would need to enjoy retiring or living in Costa Rica including markets, stores, banks and more.

Real Estate Market

A strong infrastructure and modern amenities are making Santa Ana, Costa Rica, a much sought-after place to live for retirees or those looking for a new location to call home. Home prices have risen considerably over the last few years and are poised to increase even more. Regardless, Santa Ana is still affordable.

Considering the luxury market of homes in Santa Ana, housing options are quite affordable compared to other major cities. Compared to the capital, San Jose, prices are similar with just an approximately 5% difference. When compared to other warm destinations like Mexico City, Santa Ana is about 10% more expensive. Regarding warm weather destinations in the United States, Santa Ana is over 40% lower in both rental and housing compared to for example Phoenix, Arizona.

There have been suggestions that Santa Ana resembles a suburban community like those outside major United States cities. A series of strip malls, restaurants and businesses add to the appeal, and gated communities give the sense of neighborhood and safety found in modern-day suburbia. Unlike San Jose, builders and developers are putting their efforts into constructing communities and not residential towers with apartments or condos.

Foreigners purchasing property in Costa Rica have the same rights as citizens, which is not always the case in other nearby countries. While many opt to purchase property in their own name, others decide to establish a corporation and buy property that way. The reason to buy a home in Costa Rica this way is mainly for tax purposes and estate planning.



  • Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre: $1,760.60
  • Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre: -
Home Style Average Rent Price
1-bedroom apartment in City Centre $425.94
1-bedroom apartment Outside of Centre $408.34
3-bedroom apartment in City Centre $799.63
3-bedroom apartment Outside of Centre $999.54

Source: www.numbeo.com (June 2017)

Education

Education

United World Colleges has a campus in Santa Ana. This private school is known for providing a unique education in a diverse and supportive environment. Set amid the natural beauty of Santa Ana, students aged 16-18 can attend this world class school. There are two public schools in Santa Ana as well.

The Ministry of Public Education manages the public schools in Costa Rica. Under Costa Rica’s constitution, universal public education is guaranteed and school is obligatory from preschool to high school. Private schools are often bilingual to accommodate students who speak English, German and other languages.

Education
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