"Alajuela, base camp for the central valley" Top 5 Page for this destination Alajuela by BEETLE_VERTE

Alajuela Travel Guide: 64 reviews and 190 photos

We didn't quite see the city, but used it as a base camp for many activities in the central valley, starting with the international airport. I don't think there's much more to do here than in San Jose, but at least it's less unpleasant...

January 2005, we came back, still using Alajuela as a base camp. Love the accessibility to everything, location, climate and peace (over San Jose).

This page is part of my Costa Rica travel page.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Close to everything in the Central Valley
  • Cons:Not much to do out on the streets
  • In a nutshell:Quiet and nice
  • Last visit to Alajuela: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    More great information...and great photos of the volcano crater lakes..well written and detailed tips...just what I like!!

  • Jul 24, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Ever increasing "the bite" on tourists, ZOO-AVE now charges about $15 for tourists but still only $6 for nationals. It's still a terrific place and worth the trip out to see it!

  • verusshka's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    I like your page! Getting ready for my 2nd trip to Costa Rica this year. Can't get enough!@

  • windsorgirl's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Your tips are invaluable, esp the tourist trap and warnings...thank you very much!

  • Sep 16, 2005 at 10:54 AM

    Great trips! Really liked the Green turtle photo!

  • nomada's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2004 at 6:16 AM

    Thanks for the advice too...will use Alajuela as my "first campbase" in January ;-)

  • quime's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2004 at 12:26 PM

    I will use Alajuela as my Costa Rica "Hub" next time. thanks for the advice!


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