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AlajuelaCosta Rica

Alajuela is calling! Discover its festivals, volcanoes, gardens, and more.

Explore plenty to see and do in Alajuela—a volcano, shopping, and popular sights like City Mall.

Where to stay in Alajuela

"Male Talk" the usual gathering of gentlemen in the center of San Jose!

San José

While San José might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Zoo Ave and City Mall.

San José

Top Hotels in Alajuela

Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela
Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela
3.5 out of 5
Plaza Los Mangos, Radial Francisco J Orlich, Alajuela, Alajuela
The price is $94 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Park and Alajuela Cathedral. Ojo de Agua Spa Park and Business Center Forum 2 are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (991 reviews)

"Desayuno y servicio excelente. La ducha requiere un poco más de limpieza, por lo demás, todo excelente"…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela
Hotel Suites Merlyn Aeropuerto
Hotel Suites Merlyn Aeropuerto
3.5 out of 5
R119,RIO SEGUNDO San juan, Sta BARBARA, Alajuela, Heredia (province)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Plaza Real Cariari, City Mall, and Costa Rica Convention Center. Braulio Carrillo National Park ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (186 reviews)
virus 2020

"Our plans to return home Cancelled do to covid 19. Plane was cancelled,,, had to changed all return dates. That's when Max, his mother Merlyn, brothers and sister came to our aid. They provided help in everyway. A very clean big equipped room,, food,,, ride to Airport,, and a lovely property to roam ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2020

Hotel Suites Merlyn Aeropuerto
Hotel Pibi Boreal
Hotel Pibi Boreal
3 out of 5
Calle el Comun, Rosales, Desemparados, Alajuela, Provincia de Alajuela
The price is $76 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Plaza Real Alajuela, Alajuela Cathedral, and Zoo Ave. Hacienda Alsacia and Doka Estate are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (105 reviews)

"The rooms were minimalist and tidy, and the view was stunning"…"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2020

Hotel Pibi Boreal
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Alajuela

Bamboo Aparthotel Aeropuerto
Bamboo Aparthotel Aeropuerto
3 out of 5
Ave 1, Calles 9-11, Costado norte Iglesia La Agonía, Alajuela, Alajuela
The price is $79 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in the heart of Alajuela, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto and Central Park. City Mall and ARA Project are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (138 reviews)

"Vicky is so amazing! Our flight got in after midnight, and by the time we got our bags and car we didn’t arrive until 02:00 am. Vicky stayed up and waited for us to arrive, despite the hours being only until 6:00 pm. She cooked us a wonderful breakfast and gave great recommendations for first time ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Bamboo Aparthotel Aeropuerto
Mindful-stay@casa Cafetal [2br+home Office W/pool]
Mindful-stay@casa Cafetal [2br+home Office W/pool]
Alajuela, Alajuela (province)
The price is $76 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in the mountains, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Central Park, Alajuela Cathedral, and Central Market Alajuela. City Mall and Estadio Alejandro ...

Mindful-stay@casa Cafetal [2br+home Office W/pool]
Apartamentos La Alborada
Apartamentos La Alborada
3.5 out of 5
Calle Rosales Desamparados De Alajuela, Alajuela, Alajuela
The price is $95 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 5

Situated near the airport, this apartment building is 3.4 mi (5.6 km) from City Mall and within 12 mi (20 km) of Plaza Real Cariari and Braulio Carrillo National ...

4.2/5Very Good! (6 reviews)

"The owner, Rolf and his wife, live on the premises. The property is only 2 years old. Convenient to the airport and is secure with security. Highly recommend if you stay in San José for either short or long term."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Apartamentos La Alborada
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Alajuela

Poas Volcano National Park
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Poas Volcano National Park

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Poas Volcano National Park, a popular green space in San Jose. Discover the area's volcano viewpoints and waterfalls.

La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Enjoy the beautiful waterfalls and explore La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a favorite green space in Vara Blanca. Discover the area's volcano viewpoints and top-notch restaurants.

Morazan Park
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Morazan Park

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Morazan Park, a popular green space in Carmen. Experience the acclaimed art scene and entertainment choices in this vibrant area.

Juan Castro Blanco National Park
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Juan Castro Blanco National Park

Explore the great outdoors at Juan Castro Blanco National Park, a lovely green space in San Jose. Stroll along the riverfront or discover the hot springs in this relaxing area.

Central Park
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Central Park

Explore the great outdoors at Central Park, a lovely green space in Hospital.

National Theater
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National Theater

You can get tickets for a performance at National Theater during your trip to Catedral. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or visit the shops in this vibrant area.

Top things to do in Alajuela

Day Trip: Manuel Antonio National Park from San Jose
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Day Trip: Manuel Antonio National Park from San Jose

$215
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Poas Volcano, Doka, Grecia & Sarchí
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Poas Volcano, Doka, Grecia & Sarchí

$107
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Day trip: Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs from San Jose
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Day trip: Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs from San Jose

$250
Per adult
San Jose City Tour with Lunch. Private Tour
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San Jose City Tour with Lunch. Private Tour

$150
Per adult
Poas Volcano - Doka - La Paz Waterfall Gardens from San Jose
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Poas Volcano - Doka - La Paz Waterfall Gardens from San Jose

$250
Per adult
Private Transportation Service From San Jose Airport to La Fortuna Arenal area
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Private Transportation Service From San Jose Airport to La Fortuna Arenal area

$199
Per adult

Reviews of Alajuela

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
99
5 - Excellent 26.12137203166227%
4 - Good
169
4 - Good 44.5910290237467%
3 - Okay
104
3 - Okay 27.440633245382585%
2 - Disappointing
5
2 - Disappointing 1.3192612137203166%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.5277044854881267%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 5, 2020

I like it that it was close to the airport

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

When we went to Central Park, people were dancing to live local music. It was really cute

4/5 - Good

Day

Mar 2, 2020

Alajuela itself was merely a jumping off spot for us, because our flights from and to NYC were late in the day. What made it special was Villa San Ignacio - lovely, restful surroundings and probably best meals of our entire trip.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 2, 2020

Alajuela it is the best place to visit and stay in Costa Rica ,it is safe and beautiful .

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 29, 2020

We didn't really see any of the city - just drove through to get from Jaco to the hotel/airport.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 27, 2020

If your from the states it’s not exactly your idea of a “gated community” but the whole country is that way we were fine visiting local stores and even shut down the local bar one night ( my Spanish is beyond weak) and found it to be a great experien

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