It was originally a cross road between several indigenous villages, the abundance of water that the indigenous people found there made it an ideal place to spend the night and then continue on their journey.
They were the ones that named this place, and named it “Escazú”, that which in their language meant “place of rest”. The Spanish Colonizers were also attracted to this area, where its mountains founded agricultural colonies. It was during this time that it began to be known as the city of witches. Today the tradition of metaphysical and mystic art remains, but is practiced secretly. Escazú is a mix of old Costa Rica and the modern international community. In its old shell there are old adobe buildings, an interesting Ravanusa style church, and a football pitch. Its atmosphere is of a small farming town where neighbors have known each other for generations. Look beyond the old shell, and you will find mansions inhabited by Americans and Europeans that have decided to live here, attracted by the pleasant climate and magnificent views. To the eastern hills there is an area known as Bello Horizonte, where there are beautiful old buildings with exuberant gardens.
San Rafael de Escazú.
Next to the motorway that leads towards Santa Ana, is one of the most modern vicinities of the city. There are shopping centers with international stores, supermarkets, restaurants and businesses. On the outskirts of San Rafael, is what is known as the old road to Santa Ana, this is where the residence of the Ambassador of the United States is located. In the vicinity of Escazú, there are some elegant residences that are very well known among the foreigners and you can find places to stay. San Rafael de Escazú is 7 Km. to the west of the center of San José, and San Antonio de Escazú is 1.5 Km. to the south of San Rafael.