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A Picturesque Outlook

The town of Santo Domingo was founded in 1848, and named after the Basilica dedicated to Santo Domingo de Guzmán.

There are two beautiful colonial churches in Santo Domingo, Iglesia del Rosario (built between 1838-1844) and the Basílica de Santo Domingo de Guzmán (built in 1856).

The people of Santo Domingo, as most Costa Ricans, are catholic, during Semana Santa (Holy Week) you can observe processions and demonstrations of faith.

Santo Domingo maintains its rural charm despite its central location between two heads of provinces (Heredia and San José) Residents take pride in the colonial adobe houses even if some are not habitable anymore, still the owners would rather not tear them down. Others are kept nicely despite earthquakes and age.

Every Saturday, starting at 5:00 am to 12 noon, you can get a taste of the local customs by going to the Feria del Agricultor (Farmer’s Market) where farmers sell their fresh produce.

Hotel Bougainvillea is adjacent to the public school of Santo Tomás de Santo Domingo. We are proud to support the school and contribute to its development. Education is one of Costa Rica’s priorities, and we have made it, through our support of the school, our priority as well.