On the north-west corner beautiful Central Valley of Costa Rica in Alajuela province is the small city of San Ramon. The second largest district in the province, San Ramon is a short 30 minute drive from Alajuela city center, and only about 40 – 45 minutes from the San Jose airport.Nestled in the mountains, San Ramon is a close-knit community with a slow, relaxed lifestyle. Because of its perfect location, business and real estate in San Ramon is booming. Rentals are difficult to find, and there are several development projects that are doing very well. Many of the projects are in the “colinas” or hills surrounding the city center so the views are spectacular.
The perpetual spring like weather attracts many foreigners to the district, to live full time or as a part time second home. Away from the tourist traps and far enough from San Jose, San Ramon has a rural charm, but still has a nice city center with plenty of activities, good shopping and very good food. This attracts many people from surrounding towns and villages, especially on the weekends.
Another attractive feature of the area is the lower than average cost of living. As an example, you can rent a condo in Alajuela city, or Heredia, for no less than $800, but in San Ramon, you can rent a nice house, with large yard for $500. Don’t forget to visit the feria (farmers market) on Fridays and Saturdays as you will save tremendously buying directly from farmers selling their fruits and vegetable, cheese, chicken and other meat products.
If you are visiting the city in the month of August, you won’t miss San Ramon’s main celebration, Festajos Patronales de Santos ( August 26 to Sept. 3), when the entire town comes alive with parades, music, dancing, and plenty of artisans and food vendors all converging around the central park in front of the main central church.
San Ramon is known as ‘the city of presidents and poets,’ many of Costa Rica’s most influential political and literary figures were born or lived in San Ramon, including former presidents Jose Figueres Ferrer and Rodriguez Carazo, as well as famous poets Lisimaco Chavarria Palma and Felix Angel Salas Cabezas. Don’t miss the famous bar restaurant, Mirador Los Poetas (The Poets View); a local favorite for fun and food that fantastic views overlooking the city from on top of one of the surrounding hill tops.
San Ramon has plenty to offer tourists with both luxury and low-budget accommodations and hotels, along with many excellent restaurants and bars. There are also many attractions for nature lovers, with a variety of hiking trails and canopy tours throughout the surrounding area. Here, you will find a variety of animals such as the large cats, birds, monkeys, hummingbirds, deer, coatis, amphibians, reptiles and sloths found in the surrounding tropical forests.
If you are looking for authentic Costa Rican travel experiences or a place to relocate, or buy a second home, make sure to put San Ramon on your list of “must see” places to visit.
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