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.