Viva the new San José: how Costa Rica's capital became cool
There you are, playing table tennis with a stranger in the middle of a park. All around you loom primeval trees festooned with vines...
Places in San José
Around San José
Over the years, as San José’s urban sprawl has crawled up the hillsides of the Central Valley, the boundary lines have blurred between the heart of the city and the villages that encircle it. Here you will find a little bit of everything: from crowded slums filled with immigrant workers to stylish residential neighborhoods where modernist houses hide behind 3m-high walls.
You can find an unusual juxtaposition of gringo expats, moneyed aristocrats and old-world Tico village life in this sprawling suburb that climbs a steep hillside overlooking San José and Heredia. The area is really made up of three distinct adjoining neighborhoods: San Rafael de Escazú, Escazú Centro and San Antonio de Escazú.
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Top five nerve-shredding road trips in Costa Rica
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Top beaches on Costa Rica's northern Pacific coast
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A perfect trip to Costa Rica
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Spotting Costa Rica's 'Little Five'
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