Shops, Schools, & Services

San Ramon Resources
Municipalidad de San Ramon de Alajuela – Municipality’s site:


Interbus – Interbus is a travel choice between renting a car and taking the public bus. The air conditioined vans go to between most of the popular tourist spots in Costa Rica. Most destinations are under $40 one way per person. Contact them by phone at 2283-5573 or through their website:

Poas Car Rental – The advantage to Poas Car Rental is they will drop-off or pick-up your car either at San Jose International Airport or in San Ramon for no extra charge. Their prices are very competitive and include insurance and cell phone rental. To reserve your car, contact:

NavegArtis Academica – Internet Café and international calling center immediately east of Banco Popular.


BANKS In San Ramon Center:

Banco Nacional (BN) – Costa Rican government affiliated bank.

Banco Popular – Costa Rican government affiliated bank.

Banco de Costa Rica (BCR)  – Costa Rican government affiliated bank.

Davidienda Bank – A private Colombian bank.



BANKS In San Ramon Mall:

Bank of Costa Rica – Costa Rican government affiliated bank.

Scotia Bank – Local branch of Canadian-owned bank.



Farmacia Lobo – A large well-stocked pharmacy with experienced pharmacists on duty. Located 100 meters west of the San Ramon Central Market: 506-447-4342.

Farmacia Central – A slightly less expensive option located in the Northeast corner of the San Ramon Central Market.

Yoga – Just a reminder for all of our friends & yogis in the San Ramón area, Anna Maria Gillespie is now teaching yoga classes at her studio in El Empalme on the following schedule:
MONDAY- 8:00am “Foundations of Yoga”
THURSDAY: 8:00am “Foundations of Yoga”
THURSDAY: 4:30pm “Sunset Flow Yoga”
SATURDAY: 9:00am “Svaroopa Yoga”












Classes are 90 minutes long. Cost is only 2,500 colones or $5 USD. She has yoga mats and all the props you will need to practice. Beginners are welcome!!! For more info, contact Anna at:

(506) 8718 2719 /



Perimercado – A large well-stocked grocery open until 10 PM.

Molina – The old-time San Ramon supermarket with many bulk items. The happening spot for established San Ramon.

MegaSuper – It’s in the mall. This large supermarket is also open evenings. It carries some general merchandise and has weekly specials.

Maxi Pali – A large grocery & household goods store where you can buy a rotisserie chicken  a T.V., a beach ball, soap, cheese, rice, etc.  It’s a nice one-stop-shop option.

La Gran Bodega – A nice market that mainly sells fruits and vegetables.  The prices are very reasonable.  They carry an extensive array of herbs and vegetables that you don’t normally see in the supermarkets such as daikon, tarrogan, mint, etc. The market also has a meat counter where you can purchase good quality poultry, fish, pork, beef, etc.



Colegio Bilingue San Ramon – Bilingual School (K-12) located in San Pedro, the village immediately west of San Ramon: 506-445-6454.

Sun Light School – Bilingual School (K-12) has recently moved to a new facility in downtown San Ramon near the feria.

San Ysidro Public School – A San Ramon public school bilingual alternative located in San Ysidro, but accommodating students from all over San Ramon.

Earth Education International – A multicultural experiential learning organization based in San Ramon offering short courses and semester-long study abroad programs in sustainable global stewardship emphasizing field study, volunteer service-learning work and cultural immersion:

Earth University – Although not based in San Ramon, Earth University has strong links to our community. One of its leaders is Jose A. Zaglul, a favorite son of San Ramon. It is an environmentally focused University with students from all over the world. Its campus and operations are based on the Carribean side. Earth bananas are sold in all Wholefoods stores. University credit can be arranged through many Universities world wide including Cornell University in our U.S. hometown: Earth University
Habitat for Humanity – Habitat para La Humanidad Costa Rica has had a presence in San Ramon since 1997. Their volunteer organization has provided housing for numerous families in our area. Habitat for

Rustic Pathways – Costa Rica is host to many high school and gap year volunteer programs for youth and young adults. Rustic Pathways maintains an ongoing base in our hometown of La Paz where high school students live with local families and participate in the school and sports program. The program provides a cultural exchange that benefits both the North American and European students who gain exposure to a very different way of life and to the local youth whose world and language skills are expanded. Rustic