Curridabat (canton)

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Mountains seen from Curridabat.
Mountains seen from Curridabat.
Flag of Curridabat
Official seal of Curridabat
Curridabat canton
Curridabat canton location in Costa Rica
Curridabat canton location in Costa Rica
Curridabat canton location in Costa Rica
Coordinates: 9°54′59″N 84°01′42″W / 9.9163367°N 84.0282798°W / 9.9163367; -84.0282798Coordinates: 9°54′59″N 84°01′42″W / 9.9163367°N 84.0282798°W / 9.9163367; -84.0282798
Country Costa Rica
ProvinceSan José
Creation21 August 1929[1]
Head cityCurridabat
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyMunicipalidad de Curridabat
 • Total15.95 km2 (6.16 sq mi)
1,244 m (4,081 ft)
 • Total65,206
 • Density4,100/km2 (11,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−06:00
Canton code118

Curridabat is the eighteenth canton in the San José province of Costa Rica.[2][3] The head city the homonymous Curridabat. The canton forms a suburb of the national capital of San José, lying on the southeast edge of the city.


Curridabat was created on 21 August 1929 by decree 209.[3]

In 1930 the canton had a municipality with three regidores, a Major (AKA Ejecutivo Municipal) and Jefe político (both charges were in the same person). At this time the canton's population were 5,000 people, but with the time and the population grew and the municipality had to create a sanitation department to collect garbage, road, sidewalk maintenance and built some infrastructure. Then the municipality Council was expanded to five members by popular election in 1970.


Curridabat has an area of 15.95 km²[4] and a mean elevation of 1,244 metres.[2]

Points of interest[edit]

  • Plaza del Sol (Sun's Plaza) a shopping center built in the early 80s. At the time it was the most modern shopping center in the city. Today, it has many customers ranging from middle to high class.
  • Multiplaza del Este (Eastern Multiplaza), now Multiplaza Curridabat is a mall built between mid-2002 and late 2003 that belongs to the commercial chain with the same name and have other malls in Central America. It has food court, cinemas and stores. It is located in the old establishment of Republic Tobacco Co.
  • San José Indoor Club, it is a recreational sports club for the middle and high class in San José.


The canton of Curridabat is subdivided into the following districts:

  1. Curridabat
  2. Granadilla
  3. Sánchez
  4. Tirrases


Historical population
Census Pop.

Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos[5]
Centro Centroamericano de Población[6]

For the 2011 census, Curridabat had a population of 65,206 inhabitants. [7]

Notable residents[edit]


Road transportation[edit]

The canton is covered by the following road routes:

Rail transportation[edit]

The Interurbano Line operated by Incofer goes through this canton.


  1. ^ Hernández, Hermógenes (1985). Costa Rica: evolución territorial y principales censos de población 1502 - 1984 (in Spanish) (1 ed.). San José: Editorial Universidad Estatal a Distancia. pp. 164–173. ISBN 9977-64-243-5. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Declara oficial para efectos administrativos, la aprobación de la División Territorial Administrativa de la República N°41548-MGP". Sistema Costarricense de Información Jurídica (in Spanish). 19 March 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b División Territorial Administrativa de la República de Costa Rica (PDF) (in Spanish). Editorial Digital de la Imprenta Nacional. 8 March 2017. ISBN 978-9977-58-477-5.
  4. ^ "Área en kilómetros cuadrados, según provincia, cantón y distrito administrativo". Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos" (in Spanish).
  6. ^ "Sistema de Consulta de a Bases de Datos Estadísticas". Centro Centroamericano de Población (in Spanish).
  7. ^ "Censo. 2011. Población total por zona y sexo, según provincia, cantón y distrito". Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 September 2020.