Museum in Alajuela

Museo Juan Santamaría

Situated in a century-old structure that has served as both a jail and an armory, this museum chronicles Costa Rican history from early European settlement through the 19th century, with special emphasis on the life…
Plaza in Alajuela

Parque Juan Santamaría

Two blocks south of Parque Central, this plaza features a statue of the hero in action, flanked by cannons. Across the way, the Parque de los Niños has a more parklike scene going, complete with playground equipment…
Park in Alajuela

Parque Central

The shady Parque Central is a pleasant place to relax beneath the mango trees, or people-watch in the evenings.
Church in Alajuela


To the east of Parque Central is this 19th-century cathedral, which suffered severe damage in the 1991 earthquake. The hemispherical cupola is unusually constructed of sheets of red corrugated metal. Two presidents …