is a great place to visit in Costa Rica, and it offers some escape from the more popular cities, like San José
, that can be filled with people, traffic, and noise. The province is close enough to the Juan Santamaria International Airport
and San Jose that it is convenient to travel to and from. Enjoying a more slower and more relaxed pace of living, this province is known throughout Costa Rica as being the home of the brave little drummer boy Juan Santa Maria, who helped win the war of 1856.
Alajuela Transportation Options
Those visiting this region have plenty of options for getting around, and one of those options includes driving. Driving isn’t the best option for all of the provinces in Costa Rica, but Alajuela has one of the country’s best networks for roads, and as a bonus the journey offers a lot of wonderful things to see along the way. On your drive, you can go past beautiful lush green coffee plantations as you pass by the quaint towns of Grecia
and San Ramon
before turning east to head to places like the Poas Volcano Natl. Park
and the Juan Castro Blanco National Park
If you choose to drive through Alajuela during your visit, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of car rental agencies that can help you. The agencies are stationed all over Alajuela, so no matter where you are looking to start from – the province is huge so there are lots of options - you’ll find a rental place that can help you get a car of your journey. A great option for visitors is to pick up their rental car from Alajuela City and just set out to tour all the popular and hidden places throughout the region. Another popular option for those renting cars in Alajuela is to start from the towns of Ciudad Quesada
or La Fortuna
Budgeting for Alajuela Car Rentals
If you’re worried about budgeting, it is true that renting a car for your travels through Alajuela might be a more expensive alternative to using public transportation. However, the tradeoff is that you are getting to see everything that the wonderful province has to offer. Not only that, but you’ll also be in control of your own journey. Renting a car means you can travel how and when you want. You can leave at your own time in the morning – or the afternoon – and you can drive as slow as you want to take in the views. At each stop, you can stay as long as you’d like, since there won’t be a bus that is going to leave you behind. Renting a car really is the best way to enjoy your vacation at your own pace and have a more flexible holiday.
Something to consider about car rentals in Alajuela, also, is that many of the car rental agencies in Alajuela are in direct competition with the car rental agencies in San Jose. Because of this, they tend to offer good rental discounts and deals. These rental companies also deliver your vehicle right to your hotel doorstep free of cost. When receiving your car be sure to check it thoroughly so that you are not charged for any prior dents or scratches.
Map of Alajuela
Where To Go in Alajuela in Your Rental Car
The residents of northwest Alajuela, near the provincial border with the region of Guanacaste and the region of North Puntarenas, are lucky enough to live in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano. This natural beauty is one of Costa Rica’s biggest and most famous tourist attractions, as it is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The Arenal would be just a short drive in your rental car from the town of La Fortuna, which acts as a gateway to the Arenal Volcano Natl. Park
. La Fortuna is well worth a visit not simply because you are treated to an amazing fireworks display of the Arenal Volcano, but also because of the Tabacon Hot Springs Resort which can be found here. A great place to relax and soak you cares away; these hot springs are known for their wonderful therapeutic properties.