Orotina is a small fruit growing town within the province of Alajuela. The agriculture of Orotina is a typical Costa Rican town with many fruit farms that ship fruit all over the county, Orotina is called the fruit basket of Costa Rica and as you pass Orotina along the new highway “Autopista del Sol” you will notice many fruit stands along the shoulders of the road, if you have the time make sure you stop to pick up some fresh fruit, you will taste the difference.
Orotina is at the foot of the Avocado Mountains and is a perfect place to own a Costa Rican villa because Orotina is the central point for many great locations. 35 minutes to fishing town of Puntarenas where you can catch the ferry to either Playa Naranjo or Paquera where you can continue along the public road to Tambor, Montezuma, Santa Teresa, and further north along the pacific coast of Costa Rica. Also 35 minutes south west you will arrive into the well known town of Playa Jaco where the life is full of tourists and surfers. And finally east 35 minutes you can be in Santa Ana and Escazu which you can find anything you need, if you’re a little home sick and need some comfort food that you are used to a brand new Wal-Mart was opened in Escazu central and has everything you’re used to.
The views from the mountains of Orotina are truly stunning and one must see and witness for themselves to believe, your view ranges west from the Island of Cabo Blanco in Cabuya to the Islands in the Gulf of Nicoya, and to the east the Central Valley which includes San Jose, Santa Ana, Escazu, etc. No matter where you are positioned in the mountains of Orotina you will be amazed with the view whether its ocean view or a natural green mountain view, words cannot describe the incredible views...
View from our project in Orotina of the Autopista del Sol
Orotina is not a local destination for tourists, but it is fulled with pure Costa Rican culture. One tourist attractions that Orotina has to offer is Turu Ba Ri Tropical Park which has to offer an amazing zip-line/canopy tours and nature tours. Another attraction in Orotina is the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that you can purchase very cheap, the town also holds a fruit festival in March which Costa Ricans come from all over the country to exhibit their fruits and vegetables. Orotina’s weather is excellent with an average of 78 degrees Fahrenheit (Orotina is not a local for tourists, but it is fulled with pure Costa Rican culture. One tourist attractions that Orotina has to offer is Turu Ba Ri Tropical Park which has to offer an amazing zip-line/canopy tours and nature tours. Another attraction in Orotina is the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that you can purchase very cheap, the town also holds a fruit festival in March which Costa Ricans come from all over the country to exhibit their fruits and vegetables. Orotina’s weather is excellent with an average of 78 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) and the least amount of rain in the entire country, not to mention that Orotina also has more fresh water than anywhere else in the country.
With the completion of the new highway “Autopista del Sol” that takes you from San Jose to Caldera which is 10 minutes south of Puntarenas, Orotina has become a good resting spot and has boomed since the completion. Before the new highway travelers would have to take the old highway which was very slow and winded through the mountains to the north and completely passing Orotina. The new highway has helped many local business and farmers selling their fresh fruit and vegetables, also many have now chosen Orotina to be their home as the new highway passes right along the town and can take you too many great locations within the hour, to the closest beach you are only 22 minutes away, and if you want to spend the evening in the city you are only 30 minutes plus depending on your destination.
The old railroad tracks that used to be used to ship the materials from the gold mines and natural resources that are getting exported at the port in Puntarenas runs right through Orotina and many roads are winded around the tracks. The railroad used to be open many years ago, only the older ticos remember the train that you could take to the pacific coast, a few years back in 2008 they re-opened the track on weekends as a tour attraction, “Tren a la Tica” and it would fill up with many young ticos who have never been on a train before.
Local fruit stands on the Highway, best place to buy!
Old Train station in Orotina
Central Park in San Mateo
The train station in Orotina, is one of the last out of 32 stations that still is functioning and has some old stories and is pretty neat to check out. The railroad was started in 1897 and completed in 1910 and expands a total of 91 km. It was first used to get the main export Coffee to the port in Puntarenas. Many villages are built right around the tracks with many homes facing the tracks and come out to wave and salute the passing train.