Community and Lifestyle

Things to do in Curridabat, Costa Rica.

The slogan of the Curridabat canton is, “Ciudad Prospéra” or “Prosperous City.” Aptly named, the city feels modern and thriving with its busy shopping centers and large homes. The city’s history is notable as well. Long inhabited by indigenous tribes, Spanish conquistadores arrived as early as 1571. In fact, Curridabat is believed to be one of the oldest Spanish settlements in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.

The community of Curridabat strikes a happy balance between local Tico culture and modern living. It makes a great retirement or relocation option for those looking for Tico authenticity with plenty of comforts and amenities. It’s no wonder so many people choose to retire in Costa Rica in this suburb of San Jose.

Points of Interest and Attractions

Parroquia San Antonio de Padua:This beautiful Spanish colonial church is one of the major landmarks of Curridabat. The church of Curridabat as it is known today was constructed in 1933. However, a church has existed in the same site since 1676 despite frequent destructions by fire, war, and earthquakes.

Plaza del Sol: The Plaza del Sol was built in the 1980s as the first modern mall in Costa Rica. It still stands today and houses restaurants, clothing stores and other sources of entertainment. The shopping center holds a piece of modern Costa Rican history and continues to draw in numerous customers.

Hospitals and Medical Services

Hospital Clinica Biblica:  Located in San Jose, Clinica Biblica was founded in 1921 by missionaries. Regarded as one of the premier medical institutions in Latin America, many residents use Clinica Biblica as their regular hospital.

Hospital Universal:  Hospital Universal is the first private hospital in Cartago. Services include general surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, OBGYN, radiology, internal medicine among others.