Alajuela’s claim to fame is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and the surrounding hotels. If you’re departing early – or arriving late – this is a very convenient place to spend the night. Alajuela is located 20 km (12.4 miles) northwest of downtown San José. But because rush hour traffic is often an issue between Alajuela and downtown San Jose, it often makes sense to book a hotel in Alajuela.
Unfortunately, downtown Alajuela offers little for tourists. But the outskirts of town are home to two of the Central Valley’s most popular attractions: Poás Volcano and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. If you’re willing to stay on the outskirts of town, there are some terrific, peaceful ecolodges surrounded by nature — and just a 20 – 40 minute drive from the airport.
= Good Value
= Rated 4 or 5 “Green Leaves” by Costa Rica’s Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program
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