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Home to lush, tropical rainforests, scenic volcanoes, and amazing wildlife, the Alajuela Province of Costa Rica offers endless outdoor attractions and local culture. When you stay at one of our Alajuela vacation rentals, exciting adventures in the picturesque landscape of northern Costa Rica await!

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Casa Cielo 3D Tour
4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | Sleeps 9

Casa Cielo - La Fortuna, Al

From $487
Casa Aqua Vida 3D Tour
4 Bed | 4.5 Bath | Sleeps 12

Casa Aqua Vida - La Fortuna, Al

From $450
Villa Arenal Dreams #1 3D Tour
0 Bed | 1 Bath | Sleeps 3

Villa Arenal Dreams #1 - La Fortuna, Al

From $51
Villa Arenal Dreams
4 Bed | 3 Bath | Sleeps 11

Villa Arenal Dreams - La Fortuna, Al

From $178
Villa Arenal Dreams #2 3D Tour
0 Bed | 1 Bath | Sleeps 2

Villa Arenal Dreams #2 - La Fortuna, Al

From $51

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Recent Alajuela Province vacation rental reviews

Our trip to Casa Cielo was a wonderfully memorable experience. We chose this vacation rental to give us a taste of life in the rain forest and it did not disappoint! After landing in Liberia and renting a car( from Adobe car rental), we ventured up to La Fortuna and then on to Casa Cielo. As suggested, we down loaded WAZE and it directed us to the house without much trouble. Having the opportunity to have dinner awaiting our arrival for a small fee the first evening was wonderful. It was very tasty. Curt, the owner, and his staff were there to greet and feed us. Each morning we were treated to a lovely breakfast which was such a treat! We had made arrangements ahead of time to venture to the Hanging Bridges and on a sloth tour. Curt had put us in touch with a private guide named Carlos Roman. What a wonderful connection! I can’t say enough about him. He was extremely knowledgeable and showed us amazing wildlife. He carried a spotting scope and so we were able to get amazing pictures. If you find yourself in need of a guided tour, you should definitely check with Carlos. Having time to visit with Curt was also very enlightening. His vision for his land with the sustainability and reduction of the carbon foot print is admirable. Curt also directed us to the Childrens’ Eternal Rainforest where we were able to hike to a lovely waterfall. Once we returned from the hike we enjoyed soaking in the private pool on the grounds and watching toucans flit among the trees. If you are looking for a remote luxury location that can accommodate a large group, this may be the rental for you. Before we booked, we realized that travel into La Fortuna was about a 20-30 minute drive so that wasn’t an issue for us. Also, we realized the house is not air conditioned which may be a draw back for some, but getting a cross breeze at night helped regulate the temperature. All in all, we enjoyed our time at Casa Cielo and appreciated Curt and his crew. Thanks for a wonderful CR adventure.
Cindy W. | May 2022
We had a wonderful stay. The kitchen was stocked well. IT was clean and the managers communicated promptly. The area was peaceful and beautiful. We were disappointed that the hottub was broken in our unit, but the owner offered one in another unit, although not as convenient as if it was in our place. We did find the bugs at night slightly annoying but, We enjoyed our stay very much and would book this place again if we come back to Costa Rica.
Rhonda J. | Apr 2022
Will stay here again in next trip
ANN N. | Apr 2022

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Where is Alajuela Province?

The Alajuela Province is located inland in northern Costa Rica, bordering Nicaragua to the north and the nation's capital, San José, to the south. The coastal Puntarenas province of Costa Rica is southwest and Guanacaste is directly west, where you'll find even more beautiful beaches and coastline.  

Natural Sights in Alajuela Province

Several volcanoes throughout the Alajuela region provide amazing outdoor recreation and natural scenery. Arenal Volcano, Poás Volcano, and Tenorio Volcano are the top three in the province. Visit the Poás Volcano National Park and discover the Laguna Caliente - an acidic geyser-filled crater at the summit - and try to snag a photo before the clouds roll in.

Arenal Volcano is one of the most active in the world, providing once-in-a-lifetime sights of lava flowing toward the base when you visit the surrounding area. The nearby town of La Fortuna features a score of geothermal springs perfect for a relaxing natural soak.

For an off-the-beaten-path excursion, head to Juan Castro Blanco National Park about 50 miles north of San Jose. This newly protected area features a stunning mix of wildlife and natural scenery. With more than 40 species of amphibians and over 100 bird species, this picturesque landscape is home to many rare animals in danger of extinction in Costa Rica. 

Cities in Alajuela Province

You'll find plenty of urban activities and cultural heritage throughout Alajuela Province. The city of Alajuela is Costa Rica's second largest city about 12 miles north of San José in the Central Valley. 

From the military history at the former barracks to the Juan Santamaría Historical Museum, there's plenty to explore in Alajuela. The city's Central Park features lovely towering mango trees and royal palm trees. Take a stroll through the park, watch a local concert, then head over to the must-see Alajuela Cathedral. This stunning piece of architecture was built in 1854 and showcases Neoclassical construction with a beautiful dome and white marble. 

About 15 miles west of Alajuela and San José, the small town of Atenas offers an inviting, laid-back feel surrounded by scenic coffee plantations. Atenas is famous for having one of the best climates in the world with an average daily temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and lows in the 60's at night. From small cafés serving up local favorites to the beautiful tree-lined paths of the central park, this charming town offers an ideal place to stay in one of Costa Rica's most scenic regions.

About 10 miles from Atenas, Zoo Ave is another must-see spot. This wildlife refuge rehabilitates and cares for Costa Rica's injured and orphaned wildlife. See the stunning animals for an unforgettable outing and support a good cause at the same time. 

Stay in one of our Alajuela vacation rentals for an amazing Costa Rican retreat!

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