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Tibás canton in San José province

Tibás is the 13th canton in the province of San José in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 8.15 km²,[1] and has a population of 76,815.[2] The capital city of the canton is San Juan.

The canton forms a northern suburb of the national capital city of San José. It is triangular in shape, with the Río Virilla as its northern boundary. The Quebrada Rivera, a canyon, establishes the southwestern limit of the canton and also a portion of the southeastern boundary. Tibás was meant to be the capital of the country, at least according to expresident Braulio Carrillo,[3] this is the reason the town was originally designed with such a neat array of perfectly aligned blocks, cut by the streets running from North to South and the avenues from East to West.

Tibás includes both industrial and residential neighborhoods and is home of a popular football team in Costa Rica, Deportivo Saprissa and its stadium Estadio Ricardo Saprissa.


The canton of Tibás is subdivided into five districts (distritos):[4]

  1. San Juan
  2. Cinco Esquinas
  3. Anselmo Llorente
  4. León XIII
  5. Colima


The canton was established by law on July 27, 1914. It was formerly known as San Juan del Murciélago.


  1. ^ Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
  2. ^ Estimates of Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC), May 2003.
  3. ^ "Historia del Cantón de Tibás". Tibás. Retrieved 2015-09-04.
  4. ^ "División Territorial Administrativa de Costa Rica" (PDF) (in Spanish). Instituto de Fomento y Asesoria Municipal (IFAM). 5 May 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2015.

Coordinates: 9°57′32″N 84°04′57″W / 9.95889°N 84.08250°W / 9.95889; -84.08250