Costa Rica Expat City Guide

Heredia, Costa Rica

Heredia, Costa Rica, has a long history, having its first church in 1736, and first school in 1751.  Today, Heredia is affectionately known as the “City of Flowers,” owing to its breathtaking landscapes and stunning gardens that adorn the foothills of Barva Volcano. As a vibrant and dynamic suburb of greater San José, Heredia is an integral part of the larger Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), which encompasses many of the Central Valley’s most densely populated communities.

The city is also home to the prestigious National University of Costa Rica, which is renowned for its world-class academic programs and cutting-edge research. The city offers a wealth of cultural, athletic, and natural beauty sites, making it a perfect spot for adventurous travelers and younger internationals looking for a new and exciting destination.

Thanks to its modern amenities and excellent shopping options, Heredia has become a popular destination for expats seeking a more relaxed lifestyle while remaining in close proximity to San José.

Where is Heredia?

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What's the climate in Heredia?

Climate Type: Tropical Monsoon

Heredia is situated on the eastern side of the Central Valley, which is known for its cooler and wetter weather conditions compared to the western side of the valley. Though there is a dry season with minimal rainfall, clouds are present for most of the year, and the wet season lasts for just under seven months. The temperatures in the area are subject to fluctuations based on weather patterns and seasons, ranging from 17.2°C (63°F) to 27.8°C (82°F), with the extremes being around 29.5°C (85°F) and 15°C (59°F) for high and low temperatures, respectively.

How do I buy a house in Heredia?

While Manuel Antonio has a range of housing options — condos and single-family homes available for rent or purchase at various budgets — we believe you should shift your focus when considering life in Costa Rica: buying real estate in Manuel Antonio shouldn’t be your first step!

Investing in Manuel Antonio property can offer fantastic opportunities, especially if you’re seeking residency, however it’s crucial to determine your lifestyle preferences beforehand. Many rush into property purchases only to realize that their decision does not fully meet their real estate needs in Costa Rica once the vacation mentality wears off.

Your Pura Vida operates differently.

We collaborate with a diverse network of trusted realtors in Manuel Antonio and nationwide. Our approach emphasizes exploration without the pressure often associated with realtor relationships.

Our sole priority? Your contentment and sustained enjoyment in the country. When you’re ready to buy or rent a home in Manuel Antonio, we’ve got you covered! When you’re ready, let’s talk.

Heredia Weather

Heredia, CR
10:14 am
weather icon 22°C | °F
L: 21° H: 23°
light rain
Precipitation: 0.02 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:24 am
Sunset: 6:01 pm

At a Glance

Population: 138,562 (2017 data)

Popular Expat Neighborhoods: Barreal, Lagunilla, Mercedes Norte, San Antonio de Belen, San Francisco, San Joaquin de Flores, San Jose de la Montaña, San Rafeel, Santa  Barbara, Santa Cecilla

Largest Regional City: San José

Vibe: city, locals town, urban, commercial

Distance to Nearest International Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport – 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) – approx. 30 minutes without heavy traffic


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