Alajuela, Costa Rica

Central Valley views, volcanos, coffee, waterfalls, and more!

The Alajuela Vibe

The city of Alajuela located in the Province of Alajuela (yea thanks for that confusion Costa Rica) is not a city that really needs to be on your list of places to visit, but the beautiful Central Valley surrounding the city is amazing!

We suggest staying here for a few night at the very beginning or end of your trip if flying in/ out of Juan Santamaria International Airport.

alajuela map

Map Of Alajuela

Alajuela is located in the Central Valley region of the country next to the capital city of San Jose.

It is one of the biggest cities in the country and is the location of the main international airport. 

Alajuela at a Glance

Nearest International Airport

Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela

Popular Things to Do

visit Poas Volcano, take a coffee tour, visit La Paz Waterfall Garden

Best Way to Get Around

Rental car, walking in the downtown area

Best Time of Year to Visit

Dry season is from late December until mid-April

 

Flights to Costa Rica

The easiest way of getting to Alajuela is by flying in to the biggest international airport in the country, Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).

In fact, the airport is usually referred to as being in San Jose, but it is actually located in Alajuela.

For flight booking we suggest Skyscanner. They are our go-to flight booking site for great rates.

 

Transportation to Alajuela

Rental Car

(Most Flexible Option)

We like renting a car in Costa Rica because it will definitely give you the most flexibility for exploring. In general, you should feel comfortable driving here if you are a somewhat experienced driver.

Our favorite rental car company is a local company called Adobe-Rent-a-Car. They are the most honest, trustworthy, and just overall amazing rental company we have found here. 

Because we like them so much we asked if they would like to work together and they said, “yes.” 

So we have a 10% discount plus other great perks to pass on to you if you book through us! 

Yay to saving money!

Even if you are considering renting through another company, please read through our rental car page first. There is mandatory car insurance here that you need to know about. 

BOOK YOUR COSTA RICA RENTAL CAR AND SAVE 10%

The Adobe Rent-A-Car discount includes…..

– A 10% DISCOUNT  

– FREE SECOND DRIVER 

– FREE ROOF RACKS TO USE 

– 0% DEDUCTIBLE ON LIABILITY PROTECTION

– DISCOUNTED SMARTPHONE USAGE WITH UNLIMITED DATA