In the center of the country flanked by two mountain ranges is the Central Valley of Costa Rica. In the middle of the valley is the capital city of Costa Rica and the largest city, San José. It is a natural transportation and telecommunications hub, center of economic and political activity, and the seat of the national government. The city and surrounding suburbs are experiencing rapid growth and the internet allows them the ability to work in the city core or outlying areas. Many areas within the city of San Jose and the GAM (Gran Área Metropolitana or Greater Metropolitan Area) benefit from High-Speed Satellite Broadband Internet.

Founded in 1736 and designated the capital in1823, the population is approximately 350,000 as of June of 2020, with the GAM over 1,460,000. Add that to the million people that commute to the city every day and you have the largest concentration of internet users looking to reap the benefits of the best satellite broadband possible in Costa Rica served up by iTellum. It is estimated that 70% of the countries population lives within the central valley. The city of San José proper is made up of 11 districts; Catedral, Carmen, Hospital, Mata Redonda, Merced, Hatillo, Pavas, San Sebastian, San Francisco de Dos Rios, Uruca, and Zapote. There’s a lot of commerce in these areas and San José has undergone numerous transformations over the years. There are many government agencies and state-run companies that maintain headquarters here such as INS, the national insurance company, ICE the national telecommunications company, CNFL, the national electrical company. Major corporations have made their homes here as well; the central bus station is still referred to as CocaCola to this day!

There are many neighborhoods in San José and one that sets itself apart is San José’s Chinatown which was formerly “El Paseo de Los Estudiantes”. Transformed into a walking mall with a grand entrance of an arch of red and yellow signifying good luck and prosperity, it is occupied by Chinese restaurants, grocery stores, art galleries, unique businesses, and residences. The Pedestrian Mall is connected to Chinatown and extends about eight blocks including the financial district, the Plaza de la Cultura, the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and National Theater. One can find street vendors, flower shops, and cafes that provide goods and services to the numerous employees and visitors of the businesses close by. Even though many companies are relocating to areas such Escazú, Santa Ana, and Curridabat, the financial district continues to do well here. With the Supreme Court also in close proximity, secure and fast satellite services for the internet offered by iTellum is technologically essential.

Many of the old residential communities are enjoying new popularity as the older architecture is being refurbished rather than demolished. This is visible in the district of El Carmen in the neighborhood of Barrio Amon that is known as a historic neighborhood primarily for its nineteenth and early twentieth-century buildings. One of the first elegant neighborhoods, one can find houses and commercial buildings of the most varied styles. Victorian, neoclassical, and eclectic styles mix with the colonial style of homes such as adobe and bahareque. Although Barrio Amón continues to be a residential neighborhood, much of the historic architecture has been repurposed as small hotels, antique shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and offices. Barrio Escalante, also in the El Carmen district, is the home of the La Luz Gastronomic Festival and is a “dream” for foodies. It is currently one of the most “walkable” areas of the city with an eclectic assortment of restaurants and interesting shops. The transformation of these communities is the direct result of an intentional effort of the inhabitants to effect change. By maintaining the original elegance of these neighborhoods, an upscale demographic was attracted that requires a solid internet service achieved with the fastest satellite internet available.

The “art” scene has developed exponentially over the years. Art galleries such as the National Center for Arts and Culture houses a collection of some of the finest contemporary art from the best Costa Rican artists. The vintage building which was once the National Liquor Factory and has permanent exhibits as well as performing arts centers and the Cultural Ministry offices. Several modern art galleries such as Galeria Andromeda, Galeria Roberto Lizano, Arte Latino, and Galeria de Arte Amir, Galeria Namu amongst others have opened in this area giving it a unique cultural experience.

San José center is also host to many interesting museums. The Costa Rican National Museum, Jade Museum, and the Children’s Museum are popular examples of what you can find. A museum with an unusual history is the Children’s Museum that was once San Jose’s principle jail! The museum has undergone significant development since it was established in 1994 offering world-class galleries and hands-on exhibits that focus on contemporary concepts in the themes of technology, science, culture, and literature. In a geographic area susceptible to earthquakes, it is notable that the museum has an earthquake simulator to educate attendees on how earthquakes work and how to keep safe. There is also a showcase that depicts what the jail was like prior to its conversion to a museum. Although it’s called the Children’s Museum, it educates and fascinates both children and adults alike and takes advantage of the Internet via Satellite whenever it is needed.

The Museum of Costa Rican Art in La Sabana Park is on the west side of town. The park was once the international airport for 44 years until the Juan Santamaria International Airport opened in Alajuela. It is now the county’s most significant urban park with sports facilities, man-made lakes, running tracks, gymnasium, lush green spaces, and the home of the National Stadium which opened in 2011. The stadium is the home of the National football team and a hub of other activities attracting major international talents and concerts. A top-notch complex like this fuels the existence of hotels, offices, and government institutions. Some of the government buildings include ICE, the government electrical institution, and the Comptroller General headquarters. The are several business center complexes housing an assortment of businesses and embassies. This is a key area that benefits from the consistent High-Throughput Satellite Broadband provided by iTellum.

The area called Mata Redonda which overlooks the National Stadium has seen the development of high-end residential towers, office towers, and small to medium-size shopping malls. This neighborhood has been the home of past presidents of the country and has a diverse demographic. It is considered a very desirable area as it is in very close proximity to the center of San Jose and is the start of the main highway that leads to the Pacific beaches.

Also located in San José is a second smaller international airport, Tobias Bolaños International airport is located in nearby Pavas. Although significantly smaller than Juan Santamaria International Airport it can accommodate aircraft from small fixed-wing and helicopters to private jets. Providing domestic service that companies and individuals can utilize without having to go to the large main airport in Alajuela also makes this airport a hub for tourist flights, private charters, and aviation schools. The private charters allow travelers to reach remote locations where the internet would normally be close to non-existent. However rural satellite internet allows users to communicate in the most “backwoods” areas of the country.

An essential service that has not been ignored in this city is the large number of public and private hospitals that can take advantage of satellite broadband internet. The public hospitals here are Hospital San Juan de Díos, The Children’s Hospital, The National Psychiatric Hospital, Hospital Mexico, Hospital Calderón Guardia, amongst others. These hospitals and numerous clinics are accessible through the country’s public health system. There is a network of neighborhood medical installations that provide medical services to their immediate communities using the internet to assist in the dissemination of information and to facilitate making appointments. Hospital Clinica Biblica, Hospital Metropolitano, and Clinica Catolica are just some of the private hospitals used by both Costa Rican nationals, residents, and visitors. Known for their excellent facilities, qualified staff, and state-of-the-art medical equipment. They are sought after internationally and attract people seeking both medical and dental treatment. Medical tourism has developed into a major industry here making the fastest satellite internet available an absolute necessity.

San José as a Latin American capital city represents a spirit of innovation and sets the stage for reinvention. Its population is made up of a high percentage of devout internet users, on all kinds of devices. As the nucleus of this extraordinary country, it leads the way in technology and yet retains a family approach to life. In some ways, these elements may seem to be on opposite sides, but the way they are used forges a relationship that brings balance to what most cities find to be a chaotic life. Embracing Costa Rica’s only High-Speed Satellite Internet in a fashion that compliments an ecologically-aware country makes for an environment that can communicate freely and with confidence.