Alajuela Services & Facilities
Cell phones can be rented from most car rental agencies and from a few private businesses. Most mid-range hotels and Internet cafes allow international calls and have reasonable rates. Visitors can purchase pre-paid phone cards in any pharmacy or supermarket for both local and international calls (often at much cheaper rates). Pay phones are located in central park and are also scattered throughout town. Some are coin-operated and others require phone cards.
More and more hotels are offering WiFi service to guests. The Juan Santamaria International Airport is a WiFi hotspot and offers free service. Internet cafes are plentiful in Alajuela. Most charge just under $1 for an hour of service and several are open on Sundays.
Alajuela has more than 15 banks where visitors can change money. Several are clustered around central park and most have ATM machines.
The Red Cross in Alajuela provides 24-hour ambulance service. Patients are taken to Hospital San Rafael de Alajuela, which has modern facilities. There are several private clinics in town that treat patients for minor injuries only. Private hospitals in San Jose, such as Clinica Biblica and CIMA hospital, are less than 12 miles away and have English speaking staff.
All emergencies: 911
Alajuela Red Cross: 2441-3939
Hospital San Rafael de Alajuela: 2436-1000
CIMA Hospital (Escazu): 2208-1144
Clinica Biblica Hospital (San Jose): 2522-1000
Located two blocks north of the Catholic Church, the post office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
There are several gas stations on the outskirts and throughout the center of Alajuela. All are full-service and several offer oil changes and car washes.