Alajuela Province Vacation Rentals

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Make Alajuela Province your next getaway

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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Alajuela Province vacation rentals for every getaway

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Casa Aqua Vida
4 Bed | 4.5 Bath | Sleeps 12

Casa Aqua Vida - La Fortuna, Al

$843 avg / night
Casa Cielo
4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | Sleeps 9

Casa Cielo - La Fortuna, Al

$771 avg / night
Finca San Tocuar
3 Bed | 3 Bath | Sleeps 10

Finca San Tocuar - Grecia, Al

$276 avg / night
Arenal Lake House
3 Bed | 2.5 Bath | Sleeps 8

Arenal Lake House - San Carlos, Al

$453 avg / night
Casa Cielo & Studio
5 Bed | 4.5 Bath | Sleeps 11

Casa Cielo & Studio - La Fortuna, Al

$790 avg / night

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Recent Alajuela Province vacation rental reviews

The home was incredible. Incredible view of Arenal Volcano from back yard. Each bedroom had its own ensuite bathroom. The interior was very tastefully decorated with fine wood sculptures and artwork. The kitchen fully appointed with everything you needed. Our favorite was the beautiful outdoor property. The clear pond in the yard with outdoor kitchen was incredible. The landscaping was immaculate and the variety of plants encouraged so many visitors including an incredible array of birds including our favorite the yellow-fronted toucan and several huge iguanas in the trees. Right before we checked out a landscaper brought a sloth on a tree limb that had fallen and we got to see him up close as he slowly made his way into another tree. The check in and out was easy as a property manager was on sight and met us when we arrived and showed us the property. Overall an excellent experience. We wouldn't change a thing.
David M. | Feb 2024
Everything you imagine the Casa Cielo experience to be from these photos is not enough. When our family walked into Curt’s incredible home our breath was taken away; windows and doors were open, a warm breeze flowed through the home, sweet friendly dogs greeted us, the pond and lush trees that were to be our vista for the week, natural wood sparkling clean and Curt was ready to guide us around his property. Over the last twenty years he has brought this former cattle grazing land to an incredible hidden home with lush vegetation, edible gardens and fruit trees, ponds and local palms and trees that have restored the land to its natural glory. It was perfect for our family of 7 to experIence the rainforest with a touch of luxury. We travelled with our young adult children. 40 minute drive to the activities of LaFortuna, the volcano and old growth hikes and restaurants. After our first meal that Velke prepared for us, we decided to have her do all our meals for the week. We only ate out for lunches at nearby sodas. Each dinner was thoughtfully planned and provided us with an opportunity to eat local food prepared in traditional ways. Velke’s breakfasts, which are included in your stay, were a highlight every morning. Curt made sure all our needs were met. He lives not far away from the main house should you need him for anything which added a sense of security whether founded or not. We felt like we won the lottery waking up every day to the views accompanied by the sounds of birds and trickling water by the pool or serenaded to sleep by frog calls. We utilized Curt’s recommendations for Carlos as a private guide to the hanging bridges, a volcanic hike and water fall experiences. We booked a nearby night walk, visited a sloth and mammal sanctuary and had an incredible day at a hot springs location. All activities are ~30-40 minutes from this hidden rainforest gem. The memories from this location are forever locked. All we can say is thank you for sharing.
Lesley D. | Feb 2024
High-quality, spacious house with large and very well-kept grounds. Great location, close to everything. Fantastic stay, would definitely repeat!
Robert C. | Feb 2024
Alajuela Province Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. 9 of our Alajuela Province vacation rentals have internet access, so you can stay connected throughout your trip.

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Our standard check-in time is 4:00 p.m., and the check-out time is 10:00 a.m. Some exceptions apply—after you book, you’ll find check-in and check-out details in the Vacasa guest app or your Trip Manager.

Absolutely. Our local Alajuela Province team includes professional housekeepers who care for all our homes here. They’ll clean thoroughly and restock amenities, so everything is ready for your arrival—and all you have to do is settle in and relax.

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No worries, plans change. Read over our cancellation policy for more information. And if you currently have a Vacasa reservation for Alajuela Province, log in to Trip Manager to see options available for your specific trip.

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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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