Known as the capital of the world by locals, Alajuela is the birthplace of Costa Rica’s national hero, Juan Santamaria. A drummer boy, Santamaria sacrificed his life to save his country in 1856 during the Hacienda Santa Rosa battle, fighting against the forces of an American doctor and Imperialist, William Walker. An important transportation hub for Costa Rica, Alajuela connects San Jose with the northwestern part of the country. Costa Rica is famous for its pristine Central Pacific beaches and untouched rainforests. Quite naturally, tourism, the travel industry and the industries that support them, such as restaurants, retail, and entertainment venues comprise the major economic sectors in Alajuela, along with its growing reputation and interest as a medical tourist destination.
Coffee, cigars, fruits, and vegetables, in addition to sugar cane, flowers, and ornamental plants make up Alajuela’s major exports. Recently, this Central American location has become home to several industries such as healthcare, concrete manufacturing, beverage manufacturing, and tech firms, as a result of free zone parks. Coyol Free Zone, the largest and most contemporary facility in Central America is located in Alajuela, about 4.5 miles west of Central America's second busiest airport, Juan Santamaría International Airport. Other area manufacturing parks include Zeta Group, La Lima Free Zone, Flexpark, Greenpark, and BES Free Zone. Service parks include America Free Zone, Avenida Escazú, Forum 2, Ultrapark, El Tobogán Corporate Center, Lindora Park Free Zone, El Cafetal Corporate Center, Zona Franca del Este, and Belén Business Center, among others. With a growing medical industry, alongside a burgeoning tech sector, this tropical paradise, set in one of the most touted Central American tourist destinations, makes an enticing location to grow your business.