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Santa Ana - The Valley of the Sun

About Living in Santa Ana
by Donya Carter


Having grown up in very warm climates in Central and South America and being a mother of two girls who truly enjoy the Equestrian arts, I chose the more rural and quaint setting of Santa Ana when deciding on a place to settle down in Costa Rica. I live in and sell properties there and in the nearby areas of Cuidad Colón and Puriscal. Surrounded by nature and a warmer, drier climate than Escazu and San José, this is horse country in Costa Rica.

Many Equestrian clubs call this area home, including La Carana Equestrian Center, El Sol and Yosoy. Equestrian events attended by English, Spanish and “Western” speakers are very common in this area on the weekends. Come join in on the fun! Santa Ana, which is often referred to as the Valley of the Sun, is located about four miles west of Escazú, making it very accessible to fabulous restaurants, cinemas, CIMA hospital and much more. Several years ago, Santa Ana was popular with wealthier Costa Ricans for their summer or weekend quintas or ranches.

Since then, foreigners have discovered country living west of San José and many predict continued growth in this area, making it an excellent location in which to invest at somewhat affordable prices. Although more rural and less developed than Escazú, Santa Ana still has modern supermarkets, banks, doctor and dental facilities, good schools and shopping for those items you need for comfortable living in Costa Rica. Cuidad Colón, located just twenty minutes west of Santa Ana, is the most western suburb of San José.


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This quaint country town, which is close to the University for Peace, is becoming a very popular area in which to purchase property. Just beyond Ciudad Colón is the mountainous and picturesque town of Puriscal. The cooler mountain air and breath-taking views in Puriscal make this town appealing. Best of all, housing in this rural setting is still quite affordable, as well as any investment in real estate.