Costa Rica is a small nation (smaller than West Virginia) located in Central America bordering Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the South. The small country also boarders with the Caribbean Sea to the east and Pacific Ocean to the West. Don´t let such a small territory fool you, Costa Rica boasts and impressive variety of microclimates, beaches, National Parks, volcanoes, wildlife diversity and activities for all.
Costa Rica also has great reputation and is known worldwide as a very peaceful nation having one of the oldest and best democratic systems as well as for abolishing its Army in 1949 to create better education and healthcare.
Villa Caletas hotel is located in the Central Pacific Region, near Puntarenas Costa Rica, and only 1 hour away from San Jose and the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO); this region known for its beautiful pacific beaches, colorful wildlife, dense rainforest and its many National Parks and Wildlife Reserves.
For those interested in shopping, restaurants and nightlife, the nearby tourist town of Jacó and Herradura lay a short 5 -10 minute drive to the south.
For more information on Costa Rica travel you may visit: www.visitcostarica.com
A little bit of History of Garabito County:
The discovery of the territory now known as Garabito, dates from 1522, when in command of Don Gil González Dávila, expeditions were conducted in the area. They found that by then it was occupied by the kingdom of indigenous Huetar, they were living in a coastal settlement, from the river Tarcoles up to Herradura.
At the beginning of the Conquest, the Huetar had Garabito as principal chief , which at the time was very powerful, both by the extent of his dominions within and outside the Central Valley ,as in the resistance offered to the Spanish conquest. Garabito was judged and sentence to death but they failed to perform as the Cacique continue hiding and even sometimes attacking Spanish, however the Cacique was losing strength and support with the passing of the years. During the governorship of Anguciana Alonso, Garabito returned to the Coyoche Valley, where he was finally captured, taken to the presence of Spanish authority and subject to return to spend his last years there.
By the 1920’s, Jaco was still a mountain inhabited by a few families, all dedicated to agriculture and trade. By 1972, an Executive order receives Jaco as a Town. 1978 the opening of the coastal road communication. Jaco has now become a primary tourist destination and is very involved in sustainable tourism.