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Living in Coronado cooler climate if you can’t stand the heatLiving in Coronado is an outstanding solution for those who enjoy a cooler climate.

You can’t stand the heat and would like to move to Costa Rica. BUT, you want to live in a cooler climate. Is that possible?

Of course, it’s not only a matter of living somewhere in the higher altitudes, in the middle of nowhere. But, the amenities to live a comfortable life is really important to you. Living in Coronado can be that perfect solution for you if you can’t stand the heat.

Over 20 years ago, I listed some properties in Coronado. At the time, it was still possible for an agent to drive from one end of the Central Valley to the other in 30 minutes. I warned the buyer ahead of time that he might not be living in Coronado because he wouldn’t like the temperatures there. His answer was: I’m from Chicago.

Just a few months ago, our Coronado agent, Rosa Ureña, listed and sold that same house again.

If you would like to live in Costa Rica, and you can’t stand the heat, learn more about living in Coronado, a small city on the slopes of the Irazu.
Living in Coronado cooler climate if you can’t stand the heat

Coronado cooler climate

Coronado is one of those special places in Costa Rica where you’ll love to have a fireplace. But, I’m warning you: there is never any snow, so leave your ski’s at home.

The cooler nights will oblige you to sleep with a blanket. AND, you will find a variety of sweaters in every home in Coronado, which is very rare in Costa Rica.

Actually, if you are looking to buy a sweater in Costa Rica, you won’t find many choices in the local stores. That’s because we’re only a little over 7,000 miles from the Equator.  We have a tropical climate. That’s why living in Coronado, at lower temperatures, is so different than elsewhere in the Central Valley.

You can also look for other cooler locations in Costa Rica on a map and click current weather.
Living in Coronado cooler climate if you can’t stand the heat

Coronado location

The city of Coronado, or Vásquez de Coronado, is a small city on the north side of San Jose, at an elevation of 1,385 meters (4,543 feet). Coronado is often compared to the Swiss Alps and there is a lot of reference to these Swiss mountains in local products, neighborhoods, and condominiums. Coronado has a population of around 60,000.

Living in Coronado = country life

For those who enjoy country life and dairy products, living in Coronado is a fantastic option. There are many dairy farms in the upper areas of Patio de Agua, El Rodeo, and Las Nubes de Coronado. The Coopecoronado dairy factory is just outside downtown.

If you would like to get a good feel for the local food in Coronado, I invite you to visit La Antigua Lechería or the Old Dairy Farm in Patio de Agua.

Wining & dining or even a quick bite is also attractive for those living in Coronado. Apart from Antigua Lecheria, you will find US style steaks and local cuisine all over Coronado:

  • Las Parilladas
  • El Patio Grill
  • Restaurante El Rinconcito de Papá
  • La Cava del Duende
  • Rancho Samana

And many other restaurants.

Living in Coronado cooler climate if you can’t stand the heat

Coronado homes

Depending on your budget and lifestyle, you can buy a beautiful home in Coronado starting at just $200,000. We also offer some cool Coronado luxury homes starting at $600,000. Check out the Coronado homes in inventory here.

Would you like to build your own Coronado custom home? Something like a beautiful log cabin with a fireplace in every room? Check out our inventory of building lots now.

Shopping and medical attention

Worried about you’re your shopping and medical attention? Don’t be. When living in Coronado, you’ll have access to all the necessities of modern life in the tropics.


Coronado offers a Mas x Menos and a Palí grocery store as well as a Mega super. For all your general shopping, try Monte General or Vía San Isidro. Plus, you will find all kind of stores and services all over Coronado city:


The social security system has a clinic Centro Intregrado de Salud de Coronado for those citizens and residents registered with the social security system of Costa Rica. The hospital Clínica Jiménez Núñez is located in Guadalupe, only 10 minutes from Coronado.

For private healthcare, Hospital Jerusalem is also in Guadalupe or the Clinica Bíblica in San José is also an option.

Living in Coronado cooler climate if you can’t stand the heatWorshipping

The Coronado catholic church is quite famous for its neo-gothic design that was built in 1935 and carries the name of San Isidro Labrador.

If you’d like to worship in the Russian Orthodox Church you don’t have to drive too far to do so, the church is right there in Coronado. You can also check out the Orthodox Church of Costa Rica – Ecumenical Patriarchate Constantinople or the Iglesia Nazareno (Christian). For religious services in English in Costa Rica, go here.

You can follow the local news in Spanish in El Coronadeño, so you will always be up-to-date with what’s going on in Coronado.

Contact AE MLS Costa Rica

Interested in living in Coronado? Then I suggest you purchase a house or a building lot for you and your family. Contact our agent Rosa Ureña now, she is the local expert.