Parque Juan Santamaria, Alajuela

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At the heart of the city Parque Juan Santamaria represents the central square, dedicated to Costa Rica's national hero. The surrounding area contains plants and flowers, as well as paintings, and serves as a popular recreational and meeting area among the locals. The concrete section features a bronze statue of Juan Santamaria flanked by two cannons. He was born in 1831 and died in 1856 during William Walker's invasion of the country. See Parque Juan Santamaria and all Alajuela has to offer by arranging your trip with our Alajuela journey builder tool .
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  • If you're American, go here for the statue of Juan Santamaria. It commemorates an important event in Central American history almost none us learned about in high school (and we really should). The pa...  more »
  • This park is more of a plaza as it is dominated by concrete paving stones. There are a few trees around the perimeter that provide some nice shade but do not be surprised to find someone sleeping off ...  more »
  • An inspiring statue of Juan Santamaría is of course the centerpiece of this pleasant park, not far from the old cathedral. Juan Santamaría was part of a rag-tag campesino army trying to repel Tennesse...  more »
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  • Alajuela is a pleasant place out of the hubbub of San Jose and Juan Santamaria Park is a great place to kick up your feet and enjoy the view as the world drifts by. This park is dedicated to Juan Santamaria, a native son of Alajuela. Juan Santamaría was a drummer in the Costa Rican army (back in the day when there was an army), officially recognized as the national hero of his country. A national holiday in Costa Rica, Juan Santamaría Day, is held every April 11 to commemorate his death. BTW if you have time to wait for your flight, this park is a short distance from the airport.
  • Nice parc, where the people of Alajuela enjoy it to get there and set Rendez Vous in between them.
  • Nice little park in the middle of a cool place to visit. Not as touristy as San Jose. Nice places to eat, and have some food coffee and watch tico life
  • There are pigeons and a breeze there is a long horizontal mural describing the war decades ago . Some concrete benches and a statue in honor to Juan Santa Maria
  • Perfect place for kids before flying out from Costa Rica.
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