The province of Alajuela holds a wide array of tourist attractions for visitors and even Ticos (local folk) alike. It is one of the largest provinces in the country which may account for different weather conditions as you walk from one provincial point to the next.
Alajuela offers several beautiful mountain peaks and valleys to explore as well as wide inviting shores to relax in. Temperatures are at a moderate 23 – 26 degrees Celsius with humidity pegged at 20%. But like the rest of the country, rains may drizzle in the afternoons but certainly not at a rate that will douse you or your enthusiasm for a beach adventure. Time and again, Alajuela has been commended as having the best climate the world over.
Some of Alajuela’s well loved tourist attractions include: the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, the Sarchi or the oxcart factories, the Poas Volcano National Park, the Carara Biological Reserve and last but not least, the verdant landscape of San Carlos. This province plays an important part in history as Costa Rica’s national hero – Juan Santamaria – was born here. It is also notable to remember that Juan Santamaria is the Tico that died in 1856 in defense of Costa Rica’s sovereignty. Even today, the Juan Santamaria Museum is one of the most popular tourist spots in the country and coincidentally, April 11 is dedicated to his name.
The country’s main airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport is located just three kilometers south of Alajuela. This may be the reason for the steady influx of tourists that want to experience Costa Rican culture firsthand. Of course, it may also be because of the extraordinary wildlife and vegetation that only Alajuela possesses. Whatever reason there may be, Alajuela should definitely be one of the reasons to explore Costa Rica and all of its provinces.