“Juan Santamaria is the soul of Costa Rican independence.”
It was really crowded, so I didn't feel comfortable staying long. It could be better maintained, however, I was glad to see that the locals had a tranquil place to gather, sit, and relax.
THis was a great place to hang out and people watch. Always seemed to be a breeze blowing and a bench available
This square in the centre of Alajuala features a 120+ yr old statue of Juan Santamaria who as a teenager helped repel invading forces, Now concerts and fiestas are held here , but an interesting stop or walk thru for history buffs
This is a nice place to go to see local families gathering, children playing, grandparents sitting around on benches. I enjoyed it.
We arrived on 10 April with the intension of departing the next day for Manual Antonio. Big surprise when the streets are closed for a parade. Enjoyed the Juan SantaMarie parade and festival--national holiday for a local gents that kicked the Americans butts in the 1880s. …