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Grecia is the most cosmopolitan of all the small towns west of the Central Valley. It features two malls, each with a movie theater and various restaurants. Grecia commercial real estate like a gym, several internet cafes, and an abundance of restaurants ranging from Steakhouses to Chinese food, make this an excellent area for socializing. You can also find lots of live music at the various bars on the weekends.
The quality of life is one of the things that make this city special in this area. Grecia is known as the cleanest city in Latin America, three years in a row. And the people are who live here are famous for their friendliness. The majority of “Griegos” are farmers. Sugar is the main crop here, closely followed by coffee, and vegetables. The locals say, “you stick it in the ground, and it grows”.
Where is Grecia
Grecia is the first city you come to on the Pan American after the airport. Located about 10 minutes off the Pan American highway, it is only 20 minutes from the International Airport. Also, Grecia is only 45 minutes to Jaco Beach, some of the best surfing is one of the first beaches you come to when leaving the Central Valley. Just off the highway, it is easy to go into the city for lunch, or shopping, and to the beaches in Guanacaste.
Weather in Grecia is always nice, much cooler than other parts such as Santa Ana and Atenas. It’s pretty normal to have daytime temperatures around 80º and at night just a bit cooler. The temperatures depend a lot on the altitude you choose. Check here for more about the climate in Costa Rica.
As with most of the Central Valley the end of the rainy season, around mid-November coincides with the coffee harvest. This is similar to spring in the Northern Hemisphere in that the nights are cool, and the days are sunny and clear. This is the time when lots of trees and plants have their flowers, and the breathtaking views are even more impressive.
Grecia covers a huge area, it is one of the largest counties in the central valley. And Grecia has many different altitudes ranging from 2800 ft to 5000 ft. If you sit in the park and gaze at the famous red metal church, you will see farmers gathered talking about the price of sugar or cabbage. Also, you’ll see kids playing and eating ice cream.
The city has a very successful central market for fruit and veggies, meat, cheese, and fish. You can also visit the farmer’s market on Friday’s 1:00 pm a 9:00 pm and Saturday’s 5:00 am a 1:00 pm. Shopping in Grecia is great. There is a hospital right in the center of town. Feria day is big too, with everyone coming to get the freshest best deals. Grecia is also home to lots of recreational areas for camping, hiking, and picnics.
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