With its close proximity to the Juan Santamaria International Airport
and San Jose City
, Alajuela is often the destination of choice for tourists who don’t want to be dragged into the hustle and bustle of city life. 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.
There are many car rental agencies found all over Alajuela, as the province itself is quite huge. If you like, you can rent a car from Alajuela City
and then tour the region of Alajuela
, or if you prefer you can rent one from the towns of Ciudad Quesada
or La Fortuna
With one of the best road networks in the country, Alajuela offers a wonderful journey with much to see along the way. Go past beautiful lush green coffee plantations as you drive by the quaint towns of Grecia
and San Ramon
, before you head east to the Parque Nacional Volcan Poas
and the Juan Castro Blanco National Park.
In the northwest of Alajuela near the provincial border with the region of Guanacaste
and the region of North Puntarenas
, you will find Costa Rica’s most famous tourist attraction, the Arenal Volcano
. One of the most active volcanoes in the world, the Arenal is a short drive from the town of La Fortuna
, which acts as a gateway to the Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal
. 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.
Map of Alajuela
Many car rental agencies in Alajuela
are in direct competition with the car rental agencies in San Jose
, and so 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.
Though a more expensive travel alternative to say public transport, rental cars are a great way to see all that this wonderful province has to offer. Letting you enjoy your vacation at your own pace, a rental car also lets you have a more flexible holiday.