Category Archives: Area Descriptions

Cobano

Cobano May 3rd, 2013 by Geoff McCabe Cóbano is the commercial center of the entire region known as the Southern Nicoya Peninsula. The commercial center of the area has a full service bank (BNCR – Banco National) with two ATM machines, several supermarkets, hardware stores, a post office, a public and private hospital clinic, a pharmacy, several dental clinics, restaurants, two butcher ...

Delicias

Delicias May 3rd, 2013 by Geoff McCabe Delicias is one of the most desirable areas of the Southern Nicoya Peninsula because it has abundant water, and is centrally located, with easy access to all the favorite beach towns such as Santa Teresa and Montezuma, while also being a short drive to Cobano for groceries, going to the bank, etc. The eastern part ...

Paquera

Paquera April 21st, 2013 by Geoff McCabe Welcome to Paquera, the Caribbean of Costa Rica’s Pacific! The Paquera/Naranjo/Lepanto area is still an undiscovered gem of Costa Rica. Here is one of the few places that it’s possible to still buy a large ocean view farm for a price within the range of many Americans. There are few foreigners living here, and so ...

Osa Peninsula

Osa Peninsula April 20th, 2013 by Geoff McCabe Welcome to the Osa Peninsula, the wildest place in Costa Rica! The Osa Peninsula, and specifically Matapalo is without a doubt the most magical place in Costa Rica, and possibly in the world. You can see almost every special animal in Costa Rica – all four types of monkeys, scarlet macaws, whales and dolphins, two ...

Ciudad Colón

Ciudad Colón April 20th, 2013 by Geoff McCabe Ciudad Colón is the most western suburb of San José, located at 25 minutes. Ciudad Colon is a small typical Costa Rican town close to nature and surrounded by mountains. The proximity to the picturesque town of Puriscal with its breathtaking mountain views attract families and people looking for outdoor activities such as horse riding, ...

Santa Ana, Costa Rica

Santa Ana, Costa Rica April 20th, 2013 by Geoff McCabe There are many beautiful suburbs of San Jose in which you can choose to live. Among the most popular are Santa Ana, Escazu, Ciudad Colon, and Belen. These are all located on the West side of the city, just 10–15 minutes away from the center of San Jose, and just 20 minutes from the Juan ...

San Antonio de Belen

San Antonio de Belen April 20th, 2013 by Geoff McCabe Belen, which is part of the Grand Metropolitan Area and a canton of Heredia, is a safe and peaceful area, conveniently located in the Central Valley, less than 10 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport and with easy access to San Jose Center, Alajuela, Heredia and the famous Escazu and Santa Ana suburbs. San Antonio, ...

Tambor

Tambor April 20th, 2013 by Geoff McCabe Welcome to Tambor, a Beach Town on Whale Bay / Bahia Ballena Tambor is most noted for its breathtaking bay named Bahia Bellena, or “Whale Bay”, which is embraced by 4 miles of palm lined sandy beach. Every year whales migrate to the area to give birth, mate and nurture their new offspring from the ...

Santiago

Santiago April 20th, 2013 by Geoff McCabe Santiago is a very beautiful ridge that has spectacular views of the valley and oceans. To the north it’s especially great, with extensive views all the way to the large mountains in the north. Not many people live here, and of this writing (early 2013) there are still parts of the road that don’t have ...

Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa April 20th, 2013 by Geoff McCabe Playa Hermosa lies just north of Santa Teresa, and is known for its long, broad, (usually) uncrowded beach, with a great beach break and point break for surfing. Most of the Playa Hermosa area near the beach is owned by a handful of people who have no interest in selling, which is keeping the area ...

Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa April 20th, 2013 by Geoff McCabe Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is all about surfing. From beach-side hammock hotels catering to backpacking surfers, to wealthy California surfers living the good life, Santa Teresa has them all. If you’re coming to Santa Teresa, chances are you’re here to surf or at least enjoy the waves. Unlike the Malpais beaches south of the crossroads, ...

Malpais

Malpais April 20th, 2013 by Geoff McCabe Costa Rica’s famous Malpais is considered to be a surfer’s paradise, offering beach living at its best. The beaches of Malpais and Santa Teresa are interconnected by miles of beautiful white sand. The waves here are strong in both areas, making it ideal for surf and sea sport. The surfing here has become legendary, and ...

Cabuya

Cabuya April 20th, 2013 by Geoff McCabe Cabuya, a Remote Costa Rica Beach Town Cabuya is a lesser known town south of Montezuma on the gulf side of the peninsula. The gateway to Cabo Blanco National Park, Cabuya is less expensive than Montezuma or Malpais, but within a quick drive of both. Cabuya has a lot to offer besides the national park. ...

Southern Nicoya Peninsula

Southern Nicoya Peninsula March 19th, 2013 by admin The southern Nicoya Peninsula is a land of beauty and one of opportunity. This region contrasts with any other in the Guanacaste- it is different in its natural habitat, climate and lifestyle. Hosting three natural park reserves, all home to unique species of wildlife, the southern Nicoya stands alone. There is a micro-climate in this ...

Montezuma, Costa Rica

Montezuma, Costa Rica March 8th, 2013 by Geoff McCabe MONTEZUMA IS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE… Today, Montezuma has become a desirable destination for people from all over the world. Recently, the Lonely Planet placed Montezuma on its list as one of the safest and most beautiful beaches in all of Costa Rica. What makes Montezuma so unique is its strong and growing international community. ...

Escazu History

Escazu History July 7th, 2010 by Geoff McCabe The name of Escazu comes from the indigenous voice ‘Iz-Kat-Zú’, which means ‘place to rest’. It was a strategic rest-stop located between Aserrí and Pacaca. In 1907 it obtained independence from Santa Ana province and in 1920 the government of Costa Rica granted San Miguel the title of “Escazú City” as the capital of Escazú ...