Alajuela, Costa Rica

Spanish Pura Vida is located in the heart of Costa Rica's Central Valley in the city of Alajuela. Only twenty minutes from the San José airport, the city provides students with both a non-touristy cultural experience as well as the perfect jumping point to stunning natural beauty.


Alajuela is center to some of the most unique and genuine Costa Rica culture. With the school in the heart of the city, you'll experience the life of a true Costa Rican.

click each photo for a tour of downtown!


Acting as a jumping-off point, Alajuela provides visitors the proximity to country-side coffee farms, natural waterfalls, and the Poás Volcano National Park.

Check out Alajuela's natural beauty by clicking each photo

Quick Facts:

  • Population: 42,975
  • Area: 8.88 km2 (3.43 sq mi)
  • Average Temperature (July): 72°F
  • Founded in 1782
  • Soccer Team: La Liga
  • Largest Earthquake: Magnitude 6.1 in 2009

When to visit?

Because of the town-wide celebration of Juan Santamaria Day, April is the best month to visit Alajuela. July-October is also a fantastic time in Alajuela due to the many festivals held in the town center. With concerts, fairs, local cuisine, and street parades, the festivals attract many Costa Rican's to the city and offers students a truly unique experience.

How to get here?

Almost all international flights land at Juan Santamaría Airport, located just 15 minutes South of the school. Once you land, we'll be right outside to pick you up!
Quick Tips:
  • Use a flight search like Kayak or Orbitz
  • Try to buy early
  • Late-night pick ups are no problem for us
  • Don't be afraid of Spirit Airlines
  • Do exchange currency at the Airport
  • Plan to be here no later than the Sunday before your classes begin