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Santa Cruz

Escudo of the province Guanacaste Canton No. 3:  Santa Cruz
Capital:  Santa Cruz
Size:  1 312.27 km2
Founded:  No. 167, 7/12/1848
Km from Santa Cruz to San José:  289 km

Districts

Santa Cruz, Canton of Guanacaste Province District 1:  Santa Cruz City
District 2:  Bolsón, Villa
District 3:  Veitisiete de Abril, Villa
District 4:  Tempate, Villa
District 5:  Cartagena, Villa
District 6:  Cuajiniquil, Villa
District 7:  Diriá, Villa
District 8:  Cabo Velas, Villa
District 9:  Tamarindo, Villa

History

Santa Cruz, Canton of Guanacaste Province

This region was discovered by the Spaniards a year before Nicoya in 1522 by Gil Gonzalez Davila. By 1760 the first Spaniards settled near what is today known as Lagunilla. When the daughter of one of the first settlers, Bernabela Ramos, married, she placed a wooden cross on her house in Delicias, west of the river Diriá. In honor of that cross every year, a rosary prayer was offered. Soon it became a tradition and eventually, the name of the town was changed from Delicias to Santa Cruz (Holy Cross).

Economy

Santa Cruz, Canton of Guanacaste Province

Agricultural products consist primarily of corn, beans, tubers, fruit trees, sugar cane, coffee and cattle.

Hydrography and Climate

Santa Cruz, Canton of Guanacaste Province

The canton is drained by the rivers Diria and Enmedio which along with the Cañas River make up the Bolson River that divides Santa Cruz from Carrillo Canton. The climate is very warm with temperatures above 28 degrees C.

Interesting Sites

Santa Cruz, Canton of Guanacaste Province

The town of Santa Cruz was declared the ¨Folklore City by the Central American institute of tourism. The canton has charming folklore attracting many tourists and has more special tourist areas than any other canton area in the province. Part of the Guacamaya tourist center is here as well as splendid beaches of Flamingo, Potrero, Conchal, Brasilito, Nombre de Jesus, Grande, Tamarindo, Langosta, Avellana, Junquillal, Manzanillo, Veracruz, Ostional, Nosara, and others. The Ostional National Wildlife Preserve is also located in Santa Cruz.

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