Alajuela, base camp for the central valley
We didn't quite see the city, but used it as a base camp for many activities in the central valley, starting with the international airport. I don't think there's much more to do here than in San Jose, but at least it's less unpleasant...
January 2005, we came back, still using Alajuela as a base camp. Love the accessibility to everything, location, climate and peace (over San Jose).
This page is part of my Costa Rica travel page.