Santa Cruz (population 25,000) is located on the Nicoya Peninsula in the northwest region of Costa Rica. It is known throughout Costa Rica as a hub for the country's rich folklore and culture.
Situated in Costa Rica's renowned Guanacaste province, Santa Cruz is the ideal location for a student looking to find complete cultural immersion and infinite adventure. While the city's greatest festivities are put on in January and July, the town boasts a festive atmosphere year-round, with celebrations commemorating Costa Rica's history, culture, and folklore.
The city's proximity to national parks, mountains, and many of Costa Rica's most famous beaches provides an easy outlet for students hoping to explore the natural wonders for which Costa Rica is so well-known. Within an hour of the city, students can find a wildlife refuge, surf spots, hiking trails, canopy zip lines, waterfalls, and more.
For students looking for a reprieve from big-city life and an escape to a small town known for its culture, community, and festive atmosphere, Costa Rica's 'National Folklore City' is the ideal destination.
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