Being so close to the airport, Alajuela is packed with many different lodging options. Below is a list of establishments whose owners or administrators we know and trust. We feel confident and comfortable recommending them to our students.
Hotels are a good option for people who can spend a little more on lodging and want the security and amenities a Hotel can provide. Below are some of the those in Alajuela we think you might enjoy.
Cala Inn B&BHotel
Less than a ten minute walk from the School, Hotel Cala offers affordable long-term stays, free breakfast every morning, and a pleasant all Costa Rican Staff
Villa Pacande Bed & BreakfastHotel
Just North of Alajuela, Villa Pacande makes its home on a coffee plantation and offers students a blissful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city
Hotel Cortez AzulHotel
Sitting in the heart of Alajuela, the hotel boasts very clean, spacious rooms which are decorated with unique artwork handcrafted by the owner, Eduardo
Hostels are a good option for people who want to travel on a budget, enjoy a community atmosphere, and are comfortable sharing rooms with strangers. Below are a few in Alajuela we'd highly recommend.
With free internet, breakfast and a fully bilingual staff, Alajuela Backpackers is hard to beat. Their claim to fame is their roof top bar looking out over all of Alajuela
A short walk from the school, the Maleku Hostel offers students an affordable stay with a homey feel. Clean beds, free coffee and wifi, and a friendly atmosphere
Clean, quaint, and literally a one minute walk from the school, Hostel Trotamundos offers students in-city lodging with free internet and friendly staff
Facing the east side of central park, the neoclassical Alajuela Cathedral is just a 5 minute walk from our classrooms. With its beautiful dome and white marble foundation, students often find the cathedral as a calm place to study and review class work.
The Cathedral was constructed in 1854
Two Costa Rican presidents are buried here
The 1991 earthquake caused sever damage to the cathedral's cupola
Home to mango trees and royal palms, Alajuela's central park marks the center of the city and is a constant hub of activity. Students often practice their spanish with the locals and enjoy the occasional music concert or local performer. Framing the park are restaurants, bars, and local artisan shops that provide plenty of entertainment on days off.
Traditional Costa Rican music is performed at the park every Saturday
Local break dancers use the park as a practice and performance space
The mango trees found in the park can be directly eaten from
Juan Santamaria Park
One of the most important icons in Costa Rican history, Juan Sanatamaria is honored here with a bronze statue flanked by two artillery canons. Unveiled on September 15th, 1891, the statue is dedicated to the memory of this iconic hero who gave his live to save the country in the National Campaign against the Filibuster led by William Walker. After the victory at the Battle of Rivas, Santamaria was declared a national hero on April 11th, 1856.
A city-wide parade is held every April 11th to commemorate the Battle of Rivas
The famous Alajuela 'letters' sit just meters away in the Parque de los Niños
A detailed history of the life of Juan Santamaria exists in the museum near Central Park
Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium
The Alejandro Morera Soto stadium is a fifteen minute walk from the school and is home to the Liga Deportiva Alajelense. La Liga are gods amongst the locals and game day is when the city really comes alive. Sporting black and red jerseys, La Liga hold 27 national championships and 17 runner-up titles. The stadium is named after one of the teams great legends, Alejandro Morera Soto who was recently deemed the greatest Costa Rican soccer player of all time.
The stadium was named in 1961
Elton John played a concert at the stadium in Novemeber 1995, Iron Maiden in 2009
The market is a chaotic flurry of produce markets, butcheries, fish markets, mini-diners, clothing stores, shoe stores, souvenir shops, and more, The variety of products is un-paralleled and the opportunity to practice your Spanish here is rich. Dive in, have fun, and don't be afraid to eat something new!
Hours: Mon - Sat, 6am - 6pm
Total Area: 25,149 sq ft.
Number of Kiosks: 249
Founded: October 12th, 1782
The production of coffee has played an extremely significant role in Costa Rica's history and economy. Initial production is dated back to 1779 and in 2009 the coffee industry employed 28 percent of the labor force and comprised 20 percent of Costa Rica's total GNP.
Mainly due to the rich volcanic soil, the beans grown north of Alajuela are considered to be among the best in the world. The flavor is recognized for its high fine acidic nodes, a strong body, and a pleasant natural aroma.
There are 78,000 coffee producers in Costa Rica. Of these are mainly small-scale farmers
There are 73 roasters that toast and grind the beans after they are washed and dried
Every year, Costa Rica produces 2.5 million sacks of coffee weighing 60 kilograms each