San Ramón is defined as the western terminus of the Central Valley, leading some to believe it’s in the boondocks. Lying along the Inter-American Highway, Rt. 1, allows one to be at the airport in 40 minutes, and continue for 20 more minutes to downtown San José. Go the other direction, west, and you’re at the Pacific beaches in 40 minutes. (more)
Visit the exciting center of the town and you’ll see a modern commercial area filled with stores, a mall, various dining options, entertainment, and service establishments. The residents focus on the Costa Rican culture, and appreciate slow relaxed living and deep community ties.
The place to begin is the José Figueres Ferrer Historical Cultural Center, an historical museum and archive of Costa Rican life. It begins the story of the original indigenous peoples and chronicles the 143 year building of a school system that includes preschool through university degrees. You’ll learn about the long list of famous poets who called San Ramón home. The city is proud that three presidents, including the museum namesake, were born and raised here.
Drive into the surrounding landscape and witness coffee and sugar cane fincas, or farms. See the tobacco fields that supply San Ramon’s three cigar factories, and experience changes in climate as you traverse several microclimates. When you return to town, be sure to search out your favorite cuisine from the many offerings available and review your day over a relaxing repast.