About the County where we are locatedDec 12, 2013
We invite you to know more about the zone in which the Hotel and Club Punta Leona is located:
· County Garabito, Puntarenas
In the Pre-Columbian time, the territory that presently corresponds to the county of Garabito was part of the domination of the Indian Chief Coyochi, in the valley by the same name, which was inhabited by the Indians of the so called Kingdom Huetar of the West. At the beginning of the conquest the principal Indian Chief was Garavito, who was the originator of the name of the county, which in the Tarahúmara language means, “It is the best”.
The one that discovered the region is Gil Gonzáles Dávila, in the year 1522, when he did the first tour by land in our national territory, from the southern sector up to the population of Avancari (today Abangaritos, county of Puntarenas).
The districts of Tarcoles and Jaco form the county of Garabito. In the first mentioned are the settlements of the Bajamar, Cuarros, Capulin, Lagunillas, Playa Azul, Tárcoles and Quebrada Ganado communities. The district of Jacó includes the communities of the Herradura, Pueblo Nuevo, Jacó, Pochotal, Playa Hermosa y Quebrada Amarilla.
In the year 1524, when the Spanish arrived to Costa Rica, our country was restricted by the system of caciquism, meaning that an Indian Chief governed a community of Indians, which constituted a tribe. The first thing that the Spanish conquistadores tried to do was to subjugate the Indian Chiefs, an objective that they accomplished in many cases. However, a very powerful Indian Chief due to the extension of his dominion inside and outside the Central Valley, rebelled against the Spanish, and throughout many years, constituted in the principle obstacle for the final conquest of Costa Rica.
This powerful Indian Chief, the chief of the huetares (also written “güetares”) passed on in history as Garabito (some write it “Garavito) He was interviewed in a place near the present San Mateo, called in time of the Conquest Valley of Coyoche (from the tarahúmar coyochi, place of coyotes) this being the reason why they mention Garabito occasionally as “King of Coyoche”, presently San José up until the Pacific coast and sloping around the Atlantic where a zone of the Indian Botos governed, enemies of the Huetar King.
The Garabito Municipality (Puntarenas province) installed in the outskirts of the local government this statue of the Indian Huetar Garabito, as a cultural legacy, who fought tirelessly in the XVI century against the Spanish hegemony.