Alajuela Costa Rica: Land of Coffee, Volcanoes, Lakes, and Waterfalls
The province of Alajuela, marked by extraordinary natural beauty with a chain of spectacular volcanoes that form the Cordillera Central. One of the main attractions of Alajuela Costa Rica is the Arenal Volcano. Arenal Volcano is an active volcano that guarantees a nightly show! Arenal Volcano also has a lake, one of the best places for windsurfing! Lest we forget about La Fortuna waterfall, the top waterfall of Alajuela area.
Alajuela is a typical laid-back Costa Rica town, the second largest of Costa Rica. Your visit to Costa Rica would not be complete without learning about its history and culture! Another attraction is Volcano Poas, looming on the horizon. In the city center is a big domed church, close to the lush and green Parque Central, the daily hang out the place for locals. There is also the central market located on the western side of the park. The outskirts of Alajuela have shopping malls, fancy restaurants, bars and cinemas and more! The Juan Santamaria International Airport is a quick drive away. While in town, try and see the Juan Santamaria Cultural Historical Museum. Located near the Central Park. The museum exhibits Costa Rican artifacts, portraits the Battle of 1856 and historical maps.
The Juan Santamaria Airport, Alajuela Costa Rica
The Juan Santamaria Airport has located a few minutes away from the city of Alajuela. The airport is about 20 km away from San Jose. The airport name came from a Costa Rican hero. He was a drummer boy who died while defending his country against the US forces. This airport is a hub for Taca/Lacsa airline, and the domestic Sansa Airlines, as well as focus city airport for Copa Airlines of Panama.
Juan Santamaria used to be the only International Airport in Costa Rica until another the International Airport of Liberia, Guanacaste was opened. The airports have direct flights to North and South America, and to Europe. The main runway of Juan Santamaria can take large wide body aircraft, and presently welcomes scheduled flights with A330, A340, and Airbus, as well as Boeing 767 and 747. Juan Santamaria was once the busiest airport, but today it is ranking second according to the Tocumen International Airport in Panama.
Where to Stay in Alajuela
Among the fine Hotels in Alajuela, you will find the Hampton Inn, the Doubletree Cariari, and the Adventure Inn. These are close to the airport and the Cariari Golf Course. More specifically, they are luxury hotels, with pools, restaurants, and bars. They serve as extremely convenient for travelers due to their proximity to Alajuela, and San Jose. If you want to explore the province of Alajuela, the Hotel Asclepios Wellness, the Vista del Valle and the Tabacon Resort in Arenal are other comfortable options!
Enjoy the fabulous cities in this area.