Alajuela, Costa Rica
Alajuela is a modern city located in the northwest of San José. As the second largest city in the country, Alajuela is one of the most important urban centers of
Costa Rica. However, it has been less affected by fast food chains and modern buildings that dominate the city of San Jose and has managed to retain a bit more provincial feel life when you travel to Alajuela.
Both the province of Alajuela and the city of Alajuela are famous for being the birthplace of Juan Santamaría, national hero of Costa Rica. Santamaria gave his life bravely in the battle of 1856 against William Walker, who was trying to take control of several Central American countries. Santamaria fire the hut where Walker and his army of slaves from Nicaragua were hiding so they could go out and fight but died on the spot. Costa Rica throughout the country now honors a tribute to him and you will find many things that bear his name in Alajuela.
Alajuela is particularly easy to reach because it is the Juan Santamaria International Airport is just 3 km from the city.
Attractions in Alajuela
Alajuela is a tourist place, but the Central Park is a beautiful park with mango trees and a meeting place for locals where you can see some
of that special atmosphere of Alajuela. If you feel a little pride for Costa Rica, then in the Museum Juan Santamaria and the Parque Juan Santamaría can pay homage to the statue of this guy super famous.
On the outskirts of Alajuela you can relax in the Ojo de Agua, magnificent hot springs, or observe in Alajuela some wonderful and colorful butterflies at Butterfly Farm.
You will not starve in Alajuela, as there are many different restaurants and a wide range of culinary influences. Tex-Mex to French to the traditional food of Costa Rica, follow the people or the nostrils to satisfy their hunger. The Central Market is a good option, especially cheap food, tasty drinks.
Likewise there are a lot of small cozy bars frequented by locals who make a pleasant stop for a drink at night before heading to the nightclubs of Alajuela, which often have go-go dancers and plenty of reggaeton and salsa. If your trip coincides with the week of April 11th you can participate in the celebration of the Battle of Rivas. A full week holiday to celebrate the victory of Costa Rica against William Walker and the life of none other than Juan Santamaría. Check out the Costa Rica Festival page for more information.
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