Over the past couple of decades Escazú has become an expatriate enclave and a popular havan (along with Santa Ana) for the rich and famous: several embassies have their residences located here, including the residence of the US Ambassador and the British Ambassador.
The past few years have seen a significant influx of newly arrived foreigners from North America, South America and Europe, including many gringos. A very metropolitan city, it is considered by most Ticos (local Costa Ricans) to be among the most posh and upscale areas in and around San Jose. Ideal for the weary traveler who wishes to catch up on some much needed rest and relaxation.
Escazu is a quiet, beautiful and secure suburb with all the comforts and trimmings of modernity. It is home to many bars and restaurants, especially those of the more chic (and expensive) variety. Rents and prices reflect this and Escazú is the most well-known upscale location in Costa Rica. Here, one can find English movie theaters, car washes, and even a luxurious country club. There are also many fine restaurants and dining areas in this part of town, with an excellent nightlife. Banks, pharmacies, shops, grocery stores and even an 18-hole championship golf course can be found here, along with one of the biggest and most modern shopping malls in Central America, Multiplaza. Escazu also houses the only IMAX (3-D) movie theater in the country.