Escazu and Santa Ana blend into one large city with Santa Ana retaining it's simple charm and Escazu exploding into busy streets with tico and foreigners. The hilly community just west of San Jose contains a little of the old, a lot of the new, extravagant to simple, and is known to be the playground of nightlife.
The old town sprawls up the mountainside to San Antonio, where it quickly turns to the more traditional and simple culture the country is known for. Santa Ana is nestled in the valley on the west side of Escazu where traditions are preserved. Visiting the area allows you to experience the vibrant nightlife, shopping malls, an endless list of restaurants, as well as see first hand how the old charm is being mixed with the new age.
Things to Do
Visit the Multiplaza Mall to fill your bags with delightful quality gifts or souvenirs.
Take pottery classes the Costa Rican way in Plaza Colonial and have lunch at one of the many cafes in the vicinity.
Take riding lessons at La Caralla Riding Academy so you are prepared for those horseback riding tours you plan to take.
Visit some of the more traditional roadside stores in Santa Ana to pick up a few colorful artifacts found in Costa Rica.
Take in some of the live music presented for nighttime entertainment at one of the many venues in the area.
Hangout at the popular Cafe Urbano Bar and take in the busy streets and mixture of sights or pick up a great Cuban cigar at Cafe Havana while you enjoy a robust cup of coffee.
Dance until 2:30 in the morning at places like La Estrategia del Caracol or La Patagonia's Disco weekends or choose one of the hundreds of restaurants and plan a romantic evening over a delicious meal and wine.
Photo Credits: By Armando Maynez from Mexico, Mexico (Colored clouds at night in Costa Rica) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons, By Japuonline (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons