SAN MATEO

SAN MATEO

The canton of San Mateo in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. It is also the name of the distrito that includes the city. The district of San Mateo covers an area of 64.89 km², and has a population of 2,678. The city lies at an elevation of 254 meters above sea level in coastal lowlands near the central Pacific coast. It is 31 kilometers east of the port of Caldera, 44 kilometers southwest of the provincial capital city of Alajuela and 53 kilometers from the national capital city of San Jose. The canton covers an area of 125.90 square kilometres and has a population of 7,600. The northern border of the elongated province is formed by the Río Jesús María, Río Machuca, Río Agua Agría, Río Calera and Quebrada Zapote. The Quebrada Concepción, Río Grande de Tárcoles and the Río Machuca establish the southern border. Cerro La Lana is a landmark that delineates a northeast tip of the canton.