If you’ve finally made that momentous decision to live here in Costa Rica, it’s necessary to come to grips with needing to go to the country’s capital city of San Jose. Chances are you’ll be requiring something you just can’t find here in Guanacaste, like a garden hose that actually sprays or an electric appliance that doesn’t smell weird, or maybe you’ll be needing special services such as fingerprinting or emergency embassy visits.
You can only find them in San Jose.
Please don’t think that this is necessarily a bad thing and personally I look forward to what has turned into a monthly routine, especially in the hotter time of the year, (right now) when it’ll always be about twenty degrees (Fahrenheit) cooler there. And sometimes it’s just good to get away from Tamarindo for a few days.
According to my sources at WikiLeaks, the capital was first founded in 1739 and became the capital city in 1823. This may be so, but my impression is nobody really lived there til about 1890 or so when they started erecting buildings that are still standing.
Many years ago when the Spanish Conquistadors disappointingly discovered a lack of gold and indigenous personnel to turn into Catholics, a few colonists were left behind with assurances that “we’ll see you again in a couple of centuries”.
Most of them were stranded on the Caribbean side of the country where the beaches aren’t nearly as nice as those here on the Pacific Gold Coast and the mosquitos and various plagues were a much greater nuisance.
The colonists soon realized that the mountain plateau, which covered a large portion of the as-yet-unnamed country, was a much nicer place to be as well as a lot healthier.