The Mountain Town of Puriscal

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QCOSTARICA by Paul, retireforlessincostarica.com – Puriscal is a canton (county) within San Jose province. Its heart and capital is Santiago de Puriscal, a mountain town about an hour west (41 km.) of San Jose. The population of the canton of Puriscal is 41,000 and it is composed of nine districts:

Santiago (the county seat)
Mercedes Sur
Barbacoas
San Rafael
Candelaria
Desamparaditos
Grifo Alto
San Antonio
Chires

Puriscal is known for its “perfect climate.” The average altitude is 3,600 feet, and the average temperature is 70°f, plus or minus 10°f . It tends to have a longer green season and less wind than many other locations.

The canton is also known for its coffee and tobacco farms. In fact, Santiago de Puriscal gained fame for its cigar manufacturing and coffee production. The mountains in this area are beautiful but, though you might not notice, it is one of the areas most affected by deforestation.

Puriscal has its own public hospital and many excellent doctors and dentists. It is also only 45 minutes via good paved roads to La Cima private Hospital and Escazu. There is also comfortable, frequent express bus service to San Jose for $1.75 each way.

Puriscal has several excellent restaurants, including a good Chinese restaurant (the only … continue reading

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