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Introducing Santa Cruz

A stop in Santa Cruz, a sabanero (cowboy) town typical of inland Nicoya, provides some of the local flavor missing from foreign-dominated beach towns. Unfortunately, there aren’t any attention-worthy sights, so most travelers’ experience of Santa Cruz consists of changing buses and buying a mango. However, the town is an important administrative center in the region, which gives it a healthy middle-class appeal, and serves as a good base for visiting Guaitil.

About three city blocks in the center of Santa Cruz burned to the ground in a devastating fire in 1993. An important landmark is a vacant lot-looking field known as Plaza de Los Mangos, which was once a large grassy square with three mango trees. Soon after the fire the attractive and shady Parque Bernabela Ramos opened 400m south of Plaza de Los Mangos.