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.


Where to eat and sleep.

 Hotel Alta Tel (506) 2282-4160. E-mail: Rooms 157 US$ single / 189 US$ double/ junior suite 215 US$, all with continental breakfast and a private bathroom with hot water included. Cable TV, air-conditioning, internet, private parking, sauna, Jacuzzi, laundry facilities and a massage service.

La Luz Restaurant Tel (506) 2282-4160 Ext. 250. Located in the Hotel Alta in Alto de las Palomas, on the old road to Santa Ana. Opening hours: Everyday from 07:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m. here you can find a fusion of Californian, Asiatic and Costa Rican foods with a mix of flavors and aromas. Serving delicious salads, seafood dishes, steak in strawberry sauce among others. And to finish, one of the favorite dishes is the Parfait of Mascarpone. Dishes from  4/ 27 US$.

Hotel & Restaurante Posada Canal Grande Tel (506) 2282-4089/ 2282-5733/ 2282-4102.E-mail: Located in Piedades de Santa Ana. It has 12 rooms 92 US $you bend, furnished comfortably and decorated, I take a bath private with hot water, boxes of security, direct telephone, international TV for cable, mini-bar. Services additional Bar & Restaurant, laundry, pool, sauna – massage, parking area, surveillance, rent to car and tours.

Comfort Real Hotel Costa Rica Tel (506) 2204-6700, fax (506) 2204-6800. Located in Centro Comercial FORO Santa Ana, it is 15 minutes from the international airport. It has 154 rooms, 12 rooms with facilities for the disabled. As well as an American style buffet breakfast. The restaurant is open from 10:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m and with 24 hour room service. A function room for special events for up to 80 people, with audiovisual equipment, internet access. Swimming pool and parking for 200 vehicles. Free transport from the airport to the hotel and other places.

Apartotel Paraíso Canadiense Tel (506) 2282-5870, fax (506) 2282-4981. Located in Pozos de Santa Ana. The bungalows are fully equipped, bathrooms with hot water, telephone, cable television, swimming pool, laundry facilities, barbeque area golf course and tennis courts.

Apartotel Santa Lucía Tel (506) 2282-5236, fax (506) 2282-5239 Located in the tranquil city of Santa Ana, at an altitude of 950 meters above sea level. This place is a new and modern choice for those who want to stay in Costa Rica. Offering spacious apartments, fully equipped, and with a personalized service. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, only 15 minutes from the airport and very close to the center of San José, as well as shopping centers and restaurants. The temperature in this area varies from between 18° and 26° C. Rates:  Types of Apartments: 60 m2, on the 1st floor. (1 room, maximum four people) 82 US$ per day, 1.755 US$ per month/ of 120 m2, on the 1st floor (2 rooms maximum six people) daily 105 US$, monthly 2.340 US$/ of 120 m2, on the second floor (3 rooms maximum 3/ 6 people) daily 105 US$, monthly 2.340 US$/ From 140 m2, on the 3 floor (4 rooms a maximum of 8 people) daily 117 US$, monthly 2.925 US$. Services: multilingual reception team, return transportation, Cable TV, continental breakfast, laundry service, safe, and kitchen equipped with microwave, fridge and toaster. Swimming pool, 24 guarded parking.

Bar El Coco Tel (506) 2282-6562/ 2282-4330. Located 100 meters south and 25 meters east of the Santa Ana Church. A variety of snacks such as: ceviche tacos and much more.