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Naranjo de Alajuela is the capital city of the Naranjo canton. Named because of the once many naranjo or orange trees in the place, the city is brimming with all things green as one of Costa Rica’s agricultural cities.
Located a short distance from San Jose city, Naranjo basks in the beauty of the Central Valley. The view from the Espirito Santo Hills is enough to make you want to take more souvenir pictures. The fertile valley gave way to the growing of many crops including corn, coffee, tapioca, beans, rice, tobacco and sugar cane. Farmlands house cows and other farm animals. With the Grande Colorado and El Espino river just around the area, the scenery in Naranjo warrants a perfect postcard background. The high altitude of the area also helps stabilize the temperature, which is consistently cool almost all year round.
Aside from its proximity to San Jose City, Naranjo is also near Sarchi, a town known for its beautiful handicrafts. You can also access the picturesque Northern Lowlands from Naranjo.
Tourists should take advantage of the coffee tours where you will get to know about the history and art of coffee-making. There are many Arabica coffee plantation offering complete day tours that will let you understand and witness how coffee is planted, harvested and grinded to that perfect cup you always enjoy. Expectedly, Naranjo has a long list of coffee shops for you to unwind the day down.
After your coffee fix, you can take a walking trip at the center so enjoy the rural Costa Rican lifestyle. The beautiful churches in Naranjo would surely leave you with awe. For more adventure, try the bungee jumping activities located downtown.
Cheap flights to Naranjo are usually offered via the Juan Santamaria International Airport. You can also choose to get cheap flights to Naranjo via the Tobias Bolanos International Airport but note that this is quite farther.
No need to worry about where you’ll spend the night, as there are many small hotels in Naranjo. There are also vacation homes and cozy inns to choose from. Some coffee plantations also offer rental homes to tourists at a good price.