Famous as the hometown of the legendary national hero Juan Santamaria, the Costa Rican city of Alajuela is a quiet laidback city that will instantly fill you with a spirit of bonhomie.
However, as with so many other cities, if you want to get a feel of the real spirit and color of a place, often the best place to head is the city central plaza or market. The same is true for Alajuela as well. The Central Market in the downtown Alajuela is housed in a beautiful colonial building bordered by huge mango trees.
The market is sprawled over an entire city block and is a great place to hang out, shop and taste some of the local cuisine enthusiastically sold at the street food and snack stalls of the market. And once you feel a little tired of all the hustle and bustle, you can head straight away to the quiet and beautiful Parque Central, just a stone's throw away from the market.Places nearby:
La Sabana Park: The Most Significant And Biggest Urban Park In All Of Costa Rica 15 km / 9 mi
Central Market: San Jose's Meeting Place 17 km / 10 mi
Teatro Nacional: Costa Rica's Stage 17 km / 11 mi
Things to do in Tamarindo, Costa Rica 176 km / 109 mi
La Aurora Zoo, Guatemala City: The Zoological Park at the Historical Parque Reforma 854 km / 530 mi