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Parque Juan Santamaria

C. 2 and Avda. 3, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Ranked #5 of 10 attractions in Alajuela
Type: Parks
Description: A park dedicated to the national hero who lost his life during the 1856 invasion of Costa Rica by William Walker.
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Prince George, Virginia, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We arrived on 10 April with the intension of departing the next day for Manual Antonio. Big surprise when the streets are closed for a parade. Enjoyed the Juan SantaMarie parade and festival--national holiday for a local gents that kicked the Americans butts in the 1880s. Enjoying the local culture is what international travel is all about? Loved it.

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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85 reviews 85 reviews
37 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Nothing to see, really. It is one of the places that they hold ceremonies. during the various holidays.

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We enjoyed a romantic evening stroll through this quaint and well-maintained square in the heart of Alajuela.

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Dawson, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Lovely spot to people watch, relax and waste the hours away....lots of eateries and shopping nearby.

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Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

The place has lot of historial background and they built a nice place but it was taken by skaters and people smoking, so that makes the place not so nice.

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Nothing on this treeless paved square block except a statue of National hero Juan Santa Maria and a comfortable bus stop. Lots of skateboarders though..

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Alajuela
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

In the past years this park was in sad condition, but now that it had a major overhaul, it's renovated state looks great! Skateboarders love it, it has some nice benches surrounded by trees and bushes, flowers, ... just very well done.

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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37 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

It has recently been renovated and they have done a pretty decent job of it and during celebrations in Alajuela, they have most of their ceremonies there. One little footnote though, the statue that is in the park is not Juan Santamaria. When the statue was ordered it was delivered to Puntarenas, Costa Rica. however, another country in South America... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

Juan Santamaria's park is located near central park in Alajuela, a city in Costa Rica, where the airport (also called Juan Santamaria) is located. This park occupies around one block, and it has in its center a statue of a male, holding a torch and a riffle. This was placed in there to remember Juan Santamaria, a young boy, whom... More

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2010

If you are interested in the history of Costa Rica it may be worth stopping at the Juan Santamaria Park in Alajuela. We stopped here briefly on the way through the town to see the statue of Costa Rica's national hero. The statue is quite large and shows Juan Santamaria holding a torch, which he used to light a building... More

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