What are the main cities to live in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is a country where everyone can choose the ideal place to live. Despite the fact that this is a very small country, here you can live in the large capital of the country San Jose and at the same time always feel in the thick of things; choose a place that is quieter and more remote from the bustle of the city, for example, somewhere in the mountains; or live by the ocean, which is the place of many people.
As already mentioned, San Jose occupies a leading position in terms of population. The main airport of the country, the main universities of the country, large medical institutions, large shopping centers and more are also located here.
The second-largest city after the capital is the city of Limon. Lemon is a commercial port and beautiful resort town located on the warm Caribbean coast, surrounded by pristine rainforest. However, the culture, traditions and mentality of the locals are somewhat different from the rest of the country. Most of the locals are natives of Jamaica, due to which the reggae culture is widespread here.
Alajuela is the third-largest city in Costa Rica after San Jose and Limon. The city is located in the north-central part of the country on a hill above the sea and has a population of 10,000. The airport is located here, so the city receives hundreds of tourists every day.
Another major city is the city of Cartago. It is one of the oldest and most important cities in Costa Rica. The city has two nicknames – “Old Capital”, a reference to the era when Cartago was the capital of Costa Rica, and “The City of Dense Mists”, thanks to the fogs that form in the city valley during most of the year. In addition, Cartago is recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in the country, which captivates with its unique architecture, unique landscapes and simply smiles of hospitable citizens.
The city of Liberia is also considered one of the largest mountains in Costa Rica. It is located northwest of the Central American state of Costa Rica, the capital of the province of Guanacaste. Perhaps more than any other Costa Rican city, Liberia has preserved its Spanish culture, as evidenced not least by the daily siesta, which is still cultivated by its inhabitants.