Monday, April 4, 2011

Multiplaza Escazu - An Upscale American-Style Mall in Costa Rica

Although we live more than an hour away from the capital of Costa Rica in San Jose, we like to make the commute there on the weekends whenever we want to catch a movie (there are no movie theatres out here in Puntarenas).  Our movie theatre of choice is within one of the more upscale malls within Costa Rica known as the Multiplaza Escazu.  Besides the stadium-seating Cinemark movie theatre there, you will find an impressive selection of boutique and name brand stores, as well as a fairly large food court.  This Multiplaza is located in one of the nicest and most modernized areas of Costa Rica, a neighborhood known as Escazu. For any foreigner moving to Costa Rica, who just can't live without the advances of modern life, Escazu is definitely one of the places you'll want to think about settling in.  Of course, it's much more expensive to live there due to all the amenities.

Besides the movie theatre, another favorite of ours in the Multiplaza Escazu is the Libreria Internacional (that is, the International Bookstore).   If you want to find English books in Costa Rica, you'll want to check out this very pleasant and roomy bookstore.  My boyfriend claims it's one of the largest ones in the country and that it offers the greatest selection of hard to find books.

Outside of Multiplaza Escazu Mall

Another View From the Outside of the Mall

Inside the Multiplaza Escazu Mall
The Multiplaza Escazu food court has all of the regular fast food places you'd come to expect in a mall like this, including McDonald's, Burger King and KFC. But you'll also have a few less common choices, such as those offering typical Costa Rican food.  Fortunately there are two natural food and juice bars, great for those trying to eat a little healthier.  The food court is a great place for people-watching as well.

If you will be visiting Costa Rica and would like to know more about the selection of stores and events going on at the Multiplaza Escazu, you can visit their bilingual (English / Spanish) website at:

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