Visit Alajuela - Best of Alajuela

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.

Alajuela Travel Tips

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.

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Alajuela Tours for you

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

  • Save 7% Tenorio River White-Water Rafting Class III-IV from Guanacaste
    Tenorio River White-Water Rafting Class III-IV from GuanacasteNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 9 Hrs

    If you are lookingfor a anadventure, this is the tour for you!. Located in the heart of Guanacaste, the Tenorio River will te...

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  • Rio Celeste Hike and Horseback Ride
    Rio Celeste Hike and Horseback Ride1 Reviews

    Duration: 6 Hrs

    Starts the morning visiting a Local Farm in a small Village called La Paz, experience how to Milking cows and more.After that...

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  • Save 20% Doka Estate Plantation Coffee Tour
    Doka Estate Plantation Coffee Tour

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    Learn about the ancient techniques of coffee farming, milling and roasting with the Doka Estate Plantation Coffee tour that a...

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  • Save 20% Arenal Volcano - Hot Springs By Tabacon
    Arenal Volcano - Hot Springs By Tabacon

    Duration: 1 Days

    Wait for a clear day and admire an almost perfect cone of Arenal Vocano that rises 1633m(5858ft) above sea level. Also, get t...

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Facts and Stats for Alajuela*

  • Living in Alajuela - Quality of Life

    • Climate Index 98.81 (Very High)
    • 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.

  • Cost for Essentials in Alajuela

    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 6.18 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 44.15 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 91.83 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 59.16 USD

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

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