Costa Rica Expat City Guide

Santa Ana, Costa Rica

Santa Ana, Costa Rica, a charming suburb of capitol city San José, is a hidden gem nestled in the foothills between Puriscal and Escazú. This idyllic town benefits from its prime location near the CIMA Hospital and Medical tower, as well as MultiPlaza, the largest shopping mall in Costa Rica, and several luxury hotels, including the Marriott Courtyard and the Intercontinental.

Despite its modern amenities, Santa Ana has managed to maintain its traditional Costa Rican culture, creating a unique blend of the old and the new. Known as the “Valle del Sol” or “valley of the sun,” this quaint town boasts two professional golf courses, restaurants, commerce, and much more.

Santa Ana is also renowned for its handcrafted pottery stores, making it the perfect destination for vacationers or those seeking a new home in a luxury condo. Visitors and residents can enjoy the Feria del Agricultor, a bustling farmers market held every Sunday morning where they can sample fresh produce, snacks, and interact with local merchants and growers, providing a glimpse into traditional Costa Rican life.

Santa Ana Location

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Santa Ana Climate

Climate Type: Tropical Monsoon

Santa Ana’s climate is warm and pleasant year-round, with a wet season that is muggy and overcast, and a dry season that is partly cloudy. The temperature in Santa Ana typically ranges from 18°C to 28°C (65°F to 83°F) throughout the year, with rare dips below 17°C  (62°F) or spikes above 30°C (79 °F).

Santa Ana Weather

Santa Ana, CR
8:37 am
weather icon 24°C | °F
L: 24° H: 26°
clear sky
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:49 am
Sunset: 5:47 pm

At a Glance

Population: 12,956 (2022 data)

Popular Expat NeighborhoodsAlto Palomas, Bosque De Lindora, Brazil De Santa Ana, Central, Hacienda del Sol, La Hacienda, La Úrica Río Oro, Montaña De La Luna, Montaña Del Sol, Oro Sol, Piedades, Posada Del Sol, Rio Oro, Salitral, Villa Real

Largest Regional City: San José

Vibe: urban, shopping hub, commercial, locals town

Distance to Nearest International Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport – 15+/- kilometers (9.5 miles) – time varies by traffic conditions


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