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Alajuela (Spanish pronunciation: [alaˈxwela]) is the second largest city in Costa Rica. It is also the capital of Alajuela Province. Because of its location in the Costa Rican Central Valley, Alajuela is an important transport hub for the country, connecting the capital city of San José with northwestern Costa Rica. As a part of the Greater Metropolitan Area, most of the daily commuting traffic or other transports pass by Alajuela. Central America's second busiest airport, Juan Santamaría International Airport, is three kilometres south of the city centre. Alajuela lies at an elevation of 952 metres above sea level in the Central Valley, 19 kilometres northwest of San José. The climate is tropical, typical of the Central Valley, but slightly warmer than San José. Temperatures are moderate, averaging 23–26 degrees Celsius with a low humidity level of 20% almost all year round. Alajuela and its surroundings are famed for having "the best weather in the world". © Flickr/Wayne Hopkins