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Montes de Oca

Escudo de la Provincia San José Canton No. 15:  Montes de Oca
Capital:  San Pedro
Km from San Pedro to San José:  3 km
Size:  15.16 km2
Founded:  1915

Districts

Montes de Oca, Canton of the Province San José District 1:  San Pedro City
District 2:  Sabanilla
District 3:  Mercedes (Betania)
District 4:  San Rafael

History

Montes de Oca, Canton of the Province San José

Around 1700, the town of San Pedro was known as Santiago de la Granadilla (Granadilla is a fruit). The name later changed to Villa de San Pedro del Mojón (mojón means geographical landmark) because it marked the limit between San Pedro and San José. These are now part of the same Metropolitan area. The canton was created in 1915 and given the name in honor of Faustino Montes de Oca, a citizen known for his great community support.

General Description

Montes de Oca, Canton of the Province San José">

The area is drained by the river Torres and its tributaires Patal, Salitrillos and Negritos - and by the river Río Ocloro and the Poró Stream.

It produces milk, coffee, fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants.

Interesting Sites

Montes de Oca, Canton of the Province San José

Montes de Oca is probably best known for the site of the country´s major university, the University of costa Rica (UCR). There are also many smaller, provate universities in the area as well. Parque del Este is a popular park frequently visited by locals.

Climate

Montes de Oca, Canton of the Province San José

The climate is cool with average temperatures of 20 degrees Celcuis.

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