Alajuela Province

Alajuela Province

Alajuela is a province of Costa Rica. It is located in the north-central part of the country, bordering Nicaragua to the north, and clockwise the provinces Heredia, San José, Puntarenas and Guanacaste. The capital is Alajuela. The province covers an area of 9,757.53 km² (1), and has a population of 767,143 (2). It is subdivided into 15 cantons.

Canton (Capital):
# Alajuela
# San Ramón
# Grecia
# San Mateo
# Atenas
# Naranjo
# Palmares
# Poás
# Orotina
# San Carlos
# Alfaro Ruiz
# Valverde Vega
# Upala
# Los Chiles
# Guatuso

Home of Santamaría

Alajuela is famous as the home of the Costa Rican national hero Juan Santamaría. Santamaría (nicknamed "El Erizo" (The Hedgehog) was a peasant boy who became the national hero during the Campaign of 1856-1857 when Costa Rica defeated the army of the North-American filibusterer William Walker.

Football (Soccer)

Alajuela is the home of one of Costa Rica's two most successful football clubs, Liga Deportiva Alajuelense.


(1) Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.

(2) Estimates of Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC), May 2003.

External links

* [ Weather in Alajuela, Costa Rica]
* [ Alajuela in Pictures]
* [ Alajuela Costa Rica]

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