|Lifestyle Overview:||The central valley is the political, economic and cultural center and home to the nation’s capital city, San Jose. It is known for its proximity to amenities and services, excellent health care, shopping, museums, theaters, government buildings, Private schools and Universities and much more. San Jose and the surrounding suburbs offer all the activities and interest that you would expect in a city lifestyle.|
|Demographic:||Seventy percent of Costa Rica’s population lives in the Central Valley You will need to speak Spanish in most of the areas but can find English speaking pockets in some of the more popular areas. Many expats relocate to this area for retirement and to work at branches of multinational corporations which call the Central Valley home.|
|Climate:||The Valley is approximately 1,150 meters or 3,773 feet above sea level and the weather is one of the area’s main draws. For those who don’t do well with heat or humidity, the Central Valley’s mild and dry climate is a perfect solution with average temperatures in the mid-70s Fahrenheit. See our Weather post for more details.|
|Airport and Infrastructure:||The San Jose International Airport is within an and half to most of the coastal towns. The main highway is in great condition and most of the main side roads are also in great condition. Some of the side roads in the less populated areas are still dirt.|
|REAL EASTE:||Starting from the heart of San Jose going out you will find everything from the urban city, suburban neighborhoods to the country side.
It’s a buyer’s market where you have the power to negotiate price, financing and terms in order to get incredible deals.
|City Overviews:||Some of the most popular expat areas around San José include (click on the city name for more information): Sabana, Rohmoser, Escazú, Santa Ana, Cuidad Colon, Atenas, Belen, Alajuela, Heredia, Grecia, Cartago, Sarchí, Arenal, Monteverde, and San Isidro|
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LIFESTYLE OVERVIEW: Atenas is a small town located half way between San Jose and the Central Pacific Beaches on the western edge of the Central Valley. The Juan Santa Maria International Airport (SJO) is less than 30 minutes away.
Here you will get a little more of the Costa Rican flavor where more focus is on the family, tradition and a small town friendly atmosphere. Enjoy the Friday farmers’ market, local events or just hand out with all the other expats at some of the favorite restaurants and bars.
DEMOGRAPHIC: Atenas is a flourishing agricultural region with green rolling hills covered by coffee, sugar and fruit plantations. For this reason it is typically a blue-collar working town with retired expats and beautiful homes scattered about.
CLIMATE: According to National Geographic, Atenas has one of the best climates in the world year around with daily temperatures in the 70’s to 80’s and cooler evenings in the 60′s. This zone also experiences less rainfall then other parts of the Central Valley or Caribbean Coast.
REAL EASTE: The pleasant climate and small town welcoming atmosphere has been attracting North Americans and Europeans for years. Real estate prices in Atenas vary based on view, altitude and proximity to the center of town. Homes for sale range from simple Costa Rican homes to luxury homes in gated communities.
LIFESTYLE OVERVIEW: Escazú is known as the “Beverly Hills” of Costa Rica. This area is home to the US and British Ambassador, several embassies and is one of the most popular expat areas. There are many fine restaurants, chic bars and an excellent nightlife. Banks, pharmacies, shops and a modern shopping mall, grocery stores and even an 18-hole championship golf course can be found here, along with the only IMAX movie theater in the country.
CLIMATE: This area is located only 9 kilometers west of the heart of San José city with an elevation of 1,101 meters above sea level. The climate is moist tropical: it is not unknown for Escazú to experience rainfall on a day in which San José is dry and sunny.
REAL EASTE: Real Estate and Rental prices reflect the reputation of the area. You will find a variety of upscale options including gated communities, plush condos and a luxurious country club with scenic views over the city.