Orotina is the capital city of the canton of Orotina in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. It is also the name of the distrito (district) that includes the city. The district of Orotina covers an area of 19.99 km²,[1] and has a population of 20.341 (estimate as of 2011).[2]

The city lies at an elevation of 229 meters above sea level[1] in a relatively flat section on the west side of the coastal mountain range of Costa Rica, It is 26 kilometers northeast of the Pacific Ocean at Tárcoles, 48 kilometers southwest of the provincial capital city of Alajuela, and 66 kilometers from the national capital city of San Jose. With the Ciudad Colón-Orotina highway completed the time it takes to get from the capital to Orotina is just about 45 minutes, instead of the 80–90 minutes it used to take.


Airport plansEdit

In 2017 the Government confirmed that Costa Rica's New Metropolitan International Airport will be built in Orotina in 2027.[3] However, by December 2019, the plans were shelved indefinitely.[4]


  • Primo Vargas Valverde: an elementary school located across from the town park.
  • Instituto Agropecuario de Orotina: a secondary school.
  • Sistema Educativo Santa Fe Pacific: Kirden Garten, Elementary and High School
  • San Rafael Highschool: High School
  • Little People School: bilingual preschool.


  1. ^ a b Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
  2. ^ Resultados Generales Censo 2011 - INEC
  3. ^ "Las diez razones que justifican el Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional Metropolitano en Orotina". GobiernoCR (in Spanish). 2017-06-12. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  4. ^ "Gobierno desiste de construir aeropuerto internacional en Orotina". Repretel. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2019.

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Coordinates: 9°54′41″N 84°31′25″W / 9.91139°N 84.52361°W / 9.91139; -84.52361