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Parque Juan Santamaria

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Address: C. 2 and Avda. 3, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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A park dedicated to the national hero who lost his life during the 1856...

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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Drum Practice

On a Sunday morning I could hear drumming coming from down the street of my hostel. When I went to investigate there was a group of drummers practicing songs and routines. They... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Lindsay L
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Mount Vernon, Washington
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our taxi driver took the time to show us this little park which pays tribute to a young drummer to staved off an invasion by some crazy American a long time ago. It is a nice little city park, safe and open for walking. Really not much there- but a statue.

Thank Kascha N
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99 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a Sunday morning I could hear drumming coming from down the street of my hostel. When I went to investigate there was a group of drummers practicing songs and routines. They were very entertaining to watch as they throw and spin their drums in the air while playing. There is wide open space here so it makes me think... More 

Thank Lindsay L
Toronto, Canada
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80 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

It was just the park but Cartagena that surprised us. It was very safe and the old city was great, worth the visit!

1 Thank DonS29
San Jose, California
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

It is a Great place to rest and take some photos. There is a children's park across the street as well.

Thank cbGiggles
Costa Rica
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116 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

It is a monument and a small concrete area around it right in the middle of Alajuela city. If you are a historic seeker you may enjoy taking a picture and visiting the Museum too. Costa Ricans used to think this guy was a hero but now, not even government officials from the Ministry of Education believe that any more.... More 

Thank Dulce W
Washington, DC
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742 reviews
334 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 861 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

We stopped here briefly but I didn't really see the attraction. Maybe it holds some significance for Costa Ricans, but from a tourist standpoint it was just another park.

Thank romadaro
Atlanta Ga
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94 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

We drove by and took a photograph. Not a good neighborhood and not particularly visually appealing. Was surprised to see this as an attraction...but decided to review w as much as info as you can get from a drive-by :)

Thank TravelisHeaven
Alajuela, Costa Rica
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

This park has pass for several remodelations and it is a shame that just become a place for skateboarders, when its supposed to be a place for people to sit and have a nice time speaking with your girlfriend or buddy. The overall design isnt bad, there is a mural celebrating our heroes of the 1856 war against the filibusters... More 

Thank Edwin O
Derby, United Kingdom
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494 reviews
243 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

If you visit the nearby Alajuela Cathedral, it is worth strolling past this small plaza with its statue of Juan Santa Maria. He was and still is a national hero who died in 1856 whilst setting to fire to a hostel that contained enemies of Costa Rica (the infamous William Walkers troops) who were on its roof and in a... More 

1 Thank Honisoiquimalypense
Knoxville, Tennessee
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219 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

It was really crowded, so I didn't feel comfortable staying long. It could be better maintained, however, I was glad to see that the locals had a tranquil place to gather, sit, and relax.

Thank heyjudithz

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