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Located in the center of Costa Rica just northwest of the capital, Alajuela is the second largest city in the country and situated in the Costa Rican Central Valley.There are approximately 43,000 people living within the 3.43 square miles of Alajuela.

Some of the top industries in Alajuela revolve around agriculture with coffee, maize, beans, tobacco and strawberries being some of the top exports. Alajuela is considered a major point in connecting San Jose with the northwest region of Costa Rica.Some of the major colleges in Alajuela are the INCAE Business School and the Central American Adventist University.

Alajuela is known as the City of Mangoes because the city is filled with beautiful mango trees. The city’s downtown area is quite lively featuring markets and boasts both local stores as well as international retail stores. Roman Catholicism is the state religion in Costa Rica with over 75% identifying as such.

Many native tribes lived in Alajuela, Costa Rica in pre-Columbian times. Europeans began making their mark on the land in the mid-1600s. Influences from both Spanish settlers and native tribes are on display throughout the city including in its architecture.

You’ll find the Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano National Park, the Butterfly Farm and Zoo Ave which is an urban park featuring the largest collection of bird species in Latin America.

Alajuela is part of a tropical climate with surprisingly low humidity. For most of the year, the high temperatures average in the mid-80s with low temperatures in the mid-60s. The rainiest months are September and October with average rainfall for those months over 13 inches. Annually, Alajuela receives approximately 76 inches of rainfall.

Some of the benefits of living in Alajuela are the thriving economy and its proximity to the airport. Residents are literally five minutes from a major international airport. The population is diverse and there are many real estate options to accommodate everyone from families to retirees. There are condos and homes available in Alajuela that coincide with various budgets and lifestyles.

With its beautiful rural landscapes, nearby mountains, and local markets, Alajuela is finding its way into the hearts of many Costa Ricans and foreigners. Investment continues to rise and tourism is increasing, which helps with the interest in real estate purchases.


Alajuela, Costa Rica

Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • Country: Costa Rica

  • State: Alajuela Province

  • Nickname(s): "The City of Mangoes"

  • Population: 43,000

  • Area:

    Land: 8.88 km2


Lifestyle and Culture

Alajuela is home to the Museo Juan Santamaría which was once a jail and an armory but is now a museum dedicated to Costa Rican history. It also focuses on the life of Alajuela’s own Juan Santamaría. The Cathedral dates back to the 19th century and is the burial site of two former presidents. Alajuela hosts the Día de Juan Santamaría festival which honors the country’s hero and features parades, marching bands and more. There is also the Mango Festival in July. Other exciting events and festivals take place in nearby cities such as Palmares and San Jose. Alajuela is not known for being a tourist destination but there are plenty of things to see and do. With its Costa Rican feel and busy streets, Alajuela embodies the Latin American urban vibe.


Entertainment and Tourism

There are many great cafes and eateries in Alajuela including Jalapenos,which is a popular Tex Mex restaurant, and La Princesa Marina, which offers delectable seafood options. From quiet and cozy to hot nightclubs, Alajuela has a vibrant nightlife. Popular destinations include Rick’s Bar y Restaurante, Bulevar Relax Alajuela and Morales. The Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto is home to two football clubs including the LigaDeportivaAlajuelense, which boasts almost 30 league titles, and the Carmelita. The stadium also hosts many major events from concerts to WWE wrestling.

Entertainment and Tourism

Districts & Neighborhoods

Along with Alajuela, there are 110 other districts throughout the province of Alajuela. San Jose is the largest, followed by Alajuela. Alajuela is also one of the 15 cantons in the state. Other nearby cantons include:



Grecia, also known as Greece, is a canton that stretches toward the center of the province but is located just northwest of Alajuela. Agriculture, sugar cane and coffee are the main economic industries. The canton is home to a marvelous church – the Church of Our Lady of Mercy – and also has an extremely educated population with a literacy rate of 99%.


Atenas, also known as Athens, is located west of Alajuela. Agriculture is the main economy with coffee, sugar cane, and corn being some of the main exports. The population has an astounding 99.3% literacy rate and tries to maintain the status of being the city with the best climate in the world.

Real Estate Market

Alajuela still maintains a rural feel even though it is five minutes from the major airport in Costa Rica as well as having ample public transportation to San Jose less than a half-hour away. With most businesses located in Alajuela, San Jose and the rest of the metropolitan area, properties are moving fairly quickly and considered some of the most expensive in the country.

Expatriates and foreigners are finding plenty of options in the beautiful city of Alajuela. Americans, especially those from California and Florida, are seeking more affordable options to the south and are very interested in what Alajuela has to offer.

Housing options are affordable compared to other major cities in Latin America such as Belize City and Mexico City. Belize City’s and Mexico City’s housing prices are much more expensive, but if you factor in some of the major expensesthe cost of living in Alajuela is not exactly cheap. Groceries and other consumer goods are over 30% pricier in Alajuela.

Development is increasing in areas such as Alajuela even though there are still properties available from the pre-Recession boom. As more foreigners are traveling to Costa Rica and discovering the beauty of Alajuela, more interest is being drummed up for investment.

While countries like Mexico have strict laws about foreigners purchasing property, Costa Rica is a very transparent and friendly country in which to buy real estate. There is no difference regarding a local versus a foreigner buying property in Alajuela including a foreigner being able to own the property in their name.

  • Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre: $1,229.48
  • Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre: $919.19
Home Style Average Rent Price
1-bedroom apartment in City Centre $313.87
1-bedroom apartment Outside of Centre $170.39
3-bedroom apartment in City Centre $627.74
3-bedroom apartment Outside of Centre $430.45

Source: (May 2017)



Public education is free for preschool and basic education up to age 18 and is considered mandatory. Uniforms are required and are used to minimize economic distractions at school. The University of Costa Rica is the largest and oldest university in the country. There are five campuses spread throughout Costa Rica including one in Alajuela. Private institutions like theINCAE Business School and the Central American Adventist University are two other major colleges located in Alajuela.

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