​Why the Central Valley 
  is So Appealing for Retirement. .
  1. There are so many charming, small mountain towns all within one hour of the 
      Juan Santamaria International Airport.

  2. A spring-like climate all year round.

  3. High-quality PUBLIC & PRIVATE healthcare.

  4. So many malls and building supply centers close by.

  5. Unlimited bars, restaurants and nightlife.

  6. World-class dentistry and cosmetic surgery centers.

  7. Beautiful birding areas, national parks, natural habitats and zoos.

  8. Quality centers of higher learning, universities and private schools.

  9. San Jose is the CULTURAL CENTER of Central America.

10. Our Real Estate and Residency offices are located in The Central Valley                    and we would love to have you as our neighbor!
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Heredia boasts a rich and vibrant history dating back to the Spanish colonial era. Established in 1706 under the name "Cubujuquí," it was later renamed in honor of Spanish governor Alonso Fernández de Heredia. Its strategic location in the Central Valley made it an ideal spot for early settlers, who were drawn to the fertile land and favorable climate. By 1763, Heredia had grown sufficiently to be granted the status of a town, and in 1824, it was officially declared a city. Throughout its development, Heredia has maintained a charming colonial character, evident in its well-preserved architecture and historic buildings, such as the iconic Heredia Cathedral, built in the 18th century.

The city of Heredia is also renowned for its role in Costa Rica's educational development. It is home to the National University of Costa Rica (Universidad Nacional), established in 1973, which has become a center for academic excellence and research in the country. Heredia's commitment to education and culture has fostered a vibrant intellectual community, making it a hub for students and scholars. Beyond its academic achievements, the city celebrates its cultural heritage with various festivals and events that highlight traditional music, dance, and cuisine, ensuring that Heredia remains a dynamic and engaging place steeped in history and tradition.
Cartago has a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1563 by the Spanish conquistador Juan Vázquez de Coronado. As the first capital of Costa Rica, Cartago played a pivotal role in the country's colonial era. This historical significance is reflected in its stunning architecture, such as the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, a revered pilgrimage site for Catholics. The city experienced a series of natural disasters, including devastating earthquakes in the 18th and 19th centuries, which led to the transfer of the capital to San José. Despite these challenges, Cartago has preserved its historical charm and remains a testament to Costa Rica's enduring spirit.

The culture of Cartago is deeply intertwined with its historical roots and natural beauty. The annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, known as "La Romería," is a significant cultural event that attracts thousands of devotees from across the country. This event exemplifies the city's strong religious traditions and communal spirit. Additionally, Cartago is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, including the Irazú Volcano, which adds to its allure. The local cuisine, vibrant festivals, and warm hospitality reflect the city's rich cultural tapestry, making Cartago a wonderful destination that celebrates both its past and present.​

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Escazú, a vibrant town located just west of Costa Rica's capital, San José, has a rich history dating back to pre-Columbian times. Originally inhabited by indigenous tribes, Escazú's name is believed to have derived from the Nahuatl word "Itzkatzu," meaning "resting stone." The town gained prominence in the colonial era when Spanish settlers established agricultural estates and coffee plantations, contributing significantly to the region's economic development. Over the centuries, Escazú evolved from a rural settlement into a thriving suburban area, renowned for its historical landmarks, such as the San Miguel Arcángel Church, which dates back to the 19th century.

Culturally, Escazú is a fascinating blend of traditional Costa Rican customs and modern influences. The town is famous for its folklore, particularly its annual celebrations of local legends, like the story of La Segua and El Cadejos. These festivities often feature vibrant parades, traditional music, and dance, reflecting the community's deep-rooted appreciation for its heritage. Additionally, Escazú has become a hub for expatriates and affluent locals, resulting in a cosmopolitan atmosphere where upscale dining, shopping, and entertainment options abound. Despite its modernization, Escazú has managed to preserve its charming character, offering a unique blend of the past and present that captivates both residents and visitors alike.
​Santa Ana enjoys a rich history that reflects the broader tapestry of Central American heritage. Founded in the late 19th century, Santa Ana initially flourished as an agricultural hub, primarily cultivating coffee and sugar cane. Over time, this picturesque town became a beacon of development and modernization while retaining its rustic charm. Nestled in the Central Valley, Santa Ana benefits from a favorable climate and fertile soil, which have historically supported its agricultural success. Today, the town’s well-preserved colonial architecture and charming streets offer a glimpse into its storied past, making it a delightful destination for both history enthusiasts and casual visitors.

Culturally, Santa Ana is a vibrant community that harmoniously blends traditional Costa Rican customs with contemporary influences. The town is renowned for its dynamic arts scene, featuring local artisans and craftsmen who showcase their talents in various markets and festivals. Santa Ana's culinary offerings are a testament to its rich cultural heritage, with local eateries serving traditional Costa Rican dishes like gallo pinto and casado, alongside international cuisine. Community events, such as the annual Fiestas Patronales, highlight the town’s commitment to celebrating its cultural roots through music, dance, and religious ceremonies. This cultural vibrancy, combined with the warmth and hospitality of its residents, makes Santa Ana a uniquely enriching place to experience Costa Rican culture.

A Few of the Small Towns Around the Central Valley. .
​Zarcero is a charming town nestled in the mountains of the Alajuela province. Established in 1915, Zarcero has cultivated a rich history marked by its agricultural roots and vibrant community spirit. The town is renowned for its beautifully manicured topiary gardens in front of the Iglesia de San Rafael, created by artist Evangelista Blanco since the 1960's. These whimsical, leafy sculptures have become a symbol of Zarcero's creativity and dedication to art. Culturally, Zarcero is a hub of traditional Costa Rican music and dance, often celebrated during local festivals that bring the community together. With its cool climate, scenic landscapes, and friendly residents, Zarcero offers a delightful glimpse into the heart of Costa Rican heritage and rural life. There are so many towns that we all fall in love with and this one especially would be a very easy place to call "HOME!"

​Sarchí is a charming town known for its vibrant culture and artistic heritage. Nestled in the lush hills of the Alajuela province, Sarchí is celebrated as the country's capital of handicrafts, particularly famous for its brightly painted oxcarts, which are a symbol of Costa Rican tradition and craftsmanship. Visitors to Sarchí can explore numerous workshops where artisans skillfully create these intricate oxcarts, along with other beautiful woodwork and souvenirs. The town's picturesque setting, friendly atmosphere, and dedication to preserving and showcasing local art make it a delightful destination for anyone looking to experience the rich cultural tapestry of Costa Rica. What stands out is that HUGE, colorful, hand-painted oxcart that is proudly displayed in the middle of town. You can't miss it and it let's you know that you've just driven into a very special place. The magic of Sarchi deserves a morning or afternoon spent there, enjoying the people, the coffee and the culture!

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