Looking west of San Jose you can see the beautiful mountains of Escazu. This is probably Costa Rica’s most popular city to live among foreigners that move here. But why is this? What makes this place so interesting for tourists to stay. After all, the US Ambassador lives there also!
Well, first of all, it is in a very convenient location, just 5 min. from San Jose on a highway. It overlooks the central valley providing awesome views during day and night. Surrounded the mountains of Escazu and Alajuelita, Pico Blanco is the most outstanding of all. At night the valley looks like the stars fell to lay on the ground.
Escazu is a city that has all the conveniences of a big metropolis. Tens of shopping malls and shopping centers are emerging from the ground by the minute. Multiplaza Escazu is the biggest mall in Costa Rica (and still growing) You do not need to leave Escazu at all. It has the best movie theaters, shopping centers, the finest restaurants and the nicest neighborhoods. Well known restaurants like TGIF, Tony Romas, Outback, Hooters and others are found here. But what really makes this place special is that it is still the country side. You find little country adobe houses with country style gardens. Driving by, you must watch for cows and horses that might be indulging on fresh grass. Early in the morning you may hear an oxcart passing by. Still you can find the famous “turnos” and the “Boyero Day” in San Antonio of Escazu. During these festivities you may taste Costa Rican typical food. Fire works will start at 9 p.m. as tradition dictates. Also, the air is fresh and nature is beautiful.
Exercising is also enjoyable in Escazu. You may go for a hike on the mountains, ride a bike or run a couple of miles (do not try the highway). A huge gym (World Gym) is located by the Paco area. You can even find children’s gyms and dance and gymnastics’ academies can be found in the area. If you have trouble in keeping in shape you can even register at the specialized ladies gyms Curves and Slim and Tone.
Another great aspect of Escazu is its increased real estate added value. Land and property prices are the highest in the country but its value increase day by day. Also, when the new highway to Caldera is finished, Escazu will be about an hour away from the beach!
Now, it is not that hard to see why people look for Escazu when choosing where to live. Lifestyle and convenience are there to be enjoyed without giving up tradition and coziness.