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Alajuela & the Northern Valley
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Introducing Alajuela & the Northern Valley

Volcanoes shrouded in mist, undulating coffee fincas (plantations), bustling agricultural centers. The area around the provincial capital of Alajuela, 18km northwest of San José, seems to have it all – including Juan Santamaría International Airport, just 3km outside the city. The proximity to the airport makes this area a highly convenient transit point if you are entering or leaving the country here. For travelers seeking to avoid San José, it offers a good selection of local restaurants and accommodations.