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.