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On your next visit to Costa Rica, consider relaxing for awhile in the area of San Ramon, north of San Jose on the edge of the Central Valley in Alajuela Province. San Ramon lies on the route to Arenal Volcano, just off the Inter-American Highway. This small, mountainous municipality has much to offer for your vacation, from luxurious inns and gourmet dining to hiking trails and canopy tours for the intrepid adventurer. Bird lovers will find rare quetzals alongside hummingbirds, trogons, and motmots. See monkeys, coatis, deer, and sloths in pristine environments. Climate varies from warm tropical forests, galleria habitats along the Rio Barranca, to stunning, bio-diverse cloud forest in places like Los Angeles and Piedades Norte.
Known as the "city of presidents and poets," San Ramon was home to many of the political and literary leaders of Costa Rica including five former presidents and architects of the modern Costa Rican state, the most well-known being Jose (Don Pepe) Figueres Ferrer, one of Costa Rica's most influential leaders.
San Ramon is a close-knit city with a slower pace of life. The San Ramon that visitors see today is a "muy tranquilo" provincial city that welcomes travelers with a graceful sense of pride. In the streets you will hear the greeting "Pura Vida" (pure life) a motto that encapsulates the pervading ideology of living in peace and appreciating a life surrounded by nature and family and friends.
The town is home to a branch of the University of Costa Rica, a major hospital, numerous banks, restaurants, internet cafes, a new 3-cinema movie theatre with stadium seating, yet retains all the charm of traditional Costa Rica with a slow-paced family-centered way of life. The weekly farmer's market features an abundance of locally grown fruits, vegetables, and flowers