Costa Rica Expat City Guide

La Garita, Costa Rica

La Garita, Costa Rica, a small town situated near Alajuela and the international airport, is primarily a bedroom community. However, it is conveniently located near larger cities such as  Alajuela, San José, Atenas, and Grecia. The town is popular among Costa Ricans as a second home location and is gaining popularity among expats due to its accessibility and location. Moreover, it is just a short 26 km (16 mile) drive to Poas Volcano, and its proximity to several waterfalls and national parks is an added advantage. La Garita is renowned for its numerous plant nurseries, botanic gardens, and the Zoo Avenue animal rehabilitation center. Expats seeking a quieter pace and direct highway access to multiple towns and activities may find La Garita a favorable option, given its lower cost of living compared to other communities with more developed infrastructure and amenities, but at a higher cost.

La Garita Location

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La Garita Climate

Climate Type: Tropical Monsoon

La Garita is known for its warm and tropical climate, with rain throughout the year but more significant during the rainy season. The town has an average high temperature that ranges from 26 °C (79 °F) to 29 °C (84 °F), with cool evenings. 

La Garita Weather

Alajuela, CR
7:53 am
weather icon 22°C | °F
L: 22° H: 25°
clear sky
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:17 am
Sunset: 6:00 pm

At a Glance

Population: 7,277 (2011 Census data)

Popular Expat Neighborhoods: La Garita

Largest Regional City: Alajuela

Vibe: rural, agricultural, natural beauty, locals town

Distance to Nearest International Airport: Liberia International Airport or Juan Santamaria International Airport – 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) – approx. 20 minutes without heavy traffic


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