Alajuela Tourist Attractions

Originally named Villa Hermosa, Alajuela was founded in 1782 and is the capital of Alajuela province. Costa Rica's second largest urban area, the city and immediate suburbs have a population of about 172,000.

Juan Santamaría Museum

This museum commemorates Costa Rica's national hero, Juan Santamaría. He gave his life defending the country against a small army led by William Walker, a U.S. citizen who invaded Costa Rica with intentions of creating a slave state in 1856.
The museum contains historical artifacts, paintings and maps pertaining to the war with Walker. Within the museum is a small auditorium where occasional performances are staged.
Address: Avenida 3, Costa Rica

Central Park & Cathedral

Surrounded by 19th C buildings, Alajuela's Central Park is lined with mango trees. The Cathedral, also built in the 19th C, was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1991. Two Costa Rican presidents are buried here.

Alajuela Surroundings

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