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.

Where is Santa Ana?

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What's the climate in Santa Ana?

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).

How do I buy a house in Santa Ana?

While Heredia 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 Heredia shouldn’t be your first step!

Investing in Heredia 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 Heredia 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 Heredia, we’ve got you covered! When you’re ready, let’s talk.

Santa Ana Weather

Santa Ana, CR
11:18 am
weather icon 24°C | °F
L: 23° H: 24°
light rain
Precipitation: 0.03 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:24 am
Sunset: 6:01 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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