Beautiful agricultural town about 5 km. west of San Jose. It has experienced phenomenal urban growth because of it's views and nice climate. Many apartment buildings have risen here that threaten the peaceful atmosphere this town always had.
The name Escazu derives from the indigenous word "Izt-kat-zu", which means "resting stone". History tells us that indians traveling from Aserri to Pacaca (now Ciudad Colon), who used to stop and rest at this location, which was about half way between the two villages.
Popular legend tags Escazu as "La Ciudad de las Brujas" (the City of the Witches), as in the past this was the home of several witches and "Curanderos" (medicine men). There is a depiction of a witch on a broomstick flying over the surrounding mountains in the municipality shield which has preserved this.