Escazu comes from the word “Izt-kat-zu” and means resting place; very appropriate name for this oasis of wealthy people. It used to be inhabited by native groups of the pre-Columbian period. They passed through this city on their way to Pacaca, in Ciudad Colon.
A colonial town, Escazu is a premier suburb is situated just 7 km west of downtown San Jose. Spread out over a hillside over looking San Jose and Heredia, Escazu is made up of 3 adjoining neighborhoods; San Antonio de Escazu, Escazu Centro and San Rafael de Escazu. With the largest population of expatriates settling down here (mostly North Americans), this part of the city is a quite exclusive.