One of San Jose’s upmarket neighbourhoods, Escazu is dotted with leafy parks, colonial buildings and breezy cafes. The neighbourhood is spread out over a hillside overlooking San Jose, where beautiful views can be found around every corner.
Things to do in Escazú
In Escazu, soaking up the street scene is an activity in itself. The neighbourhood is peppered with upmarket boutiques selling everything from designer clothing to hardwood handicrafts, while open-air cafes serve up local Costa Rican coffee. Head to Le Monastere for lavish five-course meals, where its upscale atmosphere and antique furniture is timeless.
If you’re looking for retail therapy, Multiplaza is one of Costa Rica’s most luxurious malls where you’ll find high-end brands like Giorgio Armani and Oscar de la Renta. Stock up on shoes and handbags or discover local Costa Rican designers.
Travelling with the kids? Visit the enchanting Butterfly Kingdom, where you’ll get a glimpse into the lives of the beautiful insects, from wriggling chrysalises to colourful butterflies.
The Church of St Michael the Archangel anchors the leafy Parque Central and is Escazu’s best-known landmark. According to legend, ghosts and witches work their spells over the neighbourhood, so the church was built to watch over its residents.
Getting around Escazú
San Jose is serviced by an efficient network of buses that will get you to Escazu in around one hour. Driving is much faster, with a taxi ride taking around 25 minutes. Juan Santamaría International Airport sits north-west of Escazu, with the drive taking around one hour.