San Mateo de Alajuela

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San Mateo
Front of Catholic Church in San Mateo
Front of Catholic Church in San Mateo
Country Costa Rica
Province Alajuela
Canton San Mateo
 • Syndic Juan Vargas Bolaños (PLN)
 • Substitute syndic María Isabel Bejarano Acosta
Time zone UTC-6 (Central Standard Time)
Postal code 20401
Climate Am

San Mateo is the capital city of the canton of San Mateo in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. It is also the name of the distrito (district) that includes the city. The district of San Mateo covers an area of 64.89 km²,[1] and has a population of 2,678.[2]

The city lies at an elevation of 254 meters above sea level[1] in coastal lowlands near the central Pacific coast. It is 31 kilometers east of the port of Caldera, 44 kilometers southwest of the provincial capital city of Alajuela and 53 kilometers from the national capital city of San Jose.


  1. ^ a b Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001
  2. ^ Estimates of Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC), May 2003

Coordinates: 9°56′00″N 84°31′00″W / 9.9333°N 84.5167°W / 9.9333; -84.5167