Though it is not particularly popular as a tourist attraction, Alajuela is a province which offers both locals and travelers a wonderful glimpse of a quieter Costa Rican town. Located about 20 km northwest of San Jose, Alajuela is actually the country’s second largest city in terms of size (as well as in beauty). Also, the province is home to the country’s Central Mountain Range, which means that here you will be able to find some of the most stunning recreational and national parks.
So, with so much beauty, why not visit this wonderful spot?
Conveniently enough, Alajuela city is just a couple of minutes away from the Juan Santamaria International airport. Which makes it great for any tourist looking to quickly explore the city before heading out to the beach.
There are so many activities and places to visit, that you will need at least a couple of jammed-packed days at this lovely province. To start off, Alajuela offers great accommodation and restaurant options for all type of travelers. So whether you are on a tight budget, or looking for a luxurious holiday; you will surely find it here!
Shopping malls, stores and movie theaters are available a bunch all through town. You can also find more cultural activities to take part in such as green fairs, visiting museums and historical buildings.
But probably the most attractive and interesting tourist spot, is the jaw dropping Arenal Volcano National Park. Named as one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful natural wonders, this park is the most perfect place for nature enthusiasts. From its active volcano, to its lake and thermal hot springs, Arenal truly offers its guests the experience of a lifetime!
Other popular spots in Alajuela? Its soccer stadium (home of one of Costa Rica’s biggest teams: Liga Deportiva Alajuelense), its golf course (Los Reyes Country Club) as well as its delicious Doka Estate coffee tour.
Why settle visiting the usual popular tourist spots when you can get a true sense the Costa Rican lifestyle? Don’t miss to visit one of the country’s most beautiful and colorful places: Alajuela province!
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