It has an unmistakable rural environment. It is a small rural city known for growing onions that you will often see hanging from the beams in restaurants and several other places along the road.
To the west of the city, near the entrance to the highway, you will find stalls that sell ceramics, wicker work, locally grown fruits and of course onions. Above Santa Ana is the small village of Salitral, famous for its flowing hot springs and the Ox Cart museum open on Sundays: entry is 3 US$. A trip around this museum will let you learn more about the best era of the Costa Rican farmer in the XIX century. From Rancho Macho, up in the mountains, you will be able to see fabulous views of the valley, to get there you will need to take the old road to Santa Ana, go through the center of Santa Ana go past the Red Cross and take a left turn when you see a sign that says Rancho Macho, from there continue onwards up the mountain following the signs. It is divided in six districts: Sacred Ana (city head and main district), Uruca, Salitral, Pozos, Piedades and Brazil.