Alajuela Tourism

Regarded as one of the best places to begin your Costa Rican foray, Alajuela is the most popular city of Costa Rica after San Jose, of course. The San Jose International Airport is in fact closer to Alajuela than San Jose, making it one of the first destinations travelers visit.

A quaint little town, Alajuela is a world apart from the rest of the Costa Rican cities. Best experienced foot, you needn’t spend a lot of time here as all the major attractions can be seen in a day. The ideal way to see Costa Rica is to make Alajuela your base and take trips from here to the nearest towns.

Essential travel information and Alajuela tips for your visit

  • Given how popular the destination is, travelers are recommended to exercise the regular caution.
  • Don’t leave valuables in your car or leave them unattended elsewhere. Carry just the essentials for the day and nothing more.
  • It’s common to be flagged down by people when you’re driving; don’t stop because chances are, they might be out to rob you.
  • Change your currency only at the hotel, bank or airport. Don’t change them anywhere else.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Alajuela

  • Know the pollution level of Alajuela before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 37.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Pollution Index 12.93 (Very Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.75 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Alajuela

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.06 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.67 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 42.96 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 111.12 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 60.14 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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