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Address: Avenida Central at Calle 3, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Definitely have fond memories of this Plaza. Not much to see really, a few stalls were wrapping up at the end of the day. Sat and people watched waiting for the sun to set. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Definitely have fond memories of this Plaza. Not much to see really, a few stalls were wrapping up at the end of the day. Sat and people watched waiting for the sun to set. The view of the sun setting over the mountains that overlook San Jose was a highlight of my trip to CR.

Thank Lukehi
Austin, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My hotel was located on this plaza and for the life of me, I couldn't find anything interesting about it. In the evening, there are street performers and early in the morning there are vendors, but aside from the National Theater being located at one end of the plaza, there is nothing architecturally or culturally interesting about the plaza.

Thank TravelGypsy1953
San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Fun place to walk through and see and hear downtown San Jose (Claro ... Kolbi .... Movistar). There are some folks taking your picture with Mexican sombreros or pigeons. Also a few mimes. Not a lot to do, but worth a walk through.

Thank jackietrehorn
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

It's okay surroundings. You have to go and visit and maybe some people will enjoy people watching and seeing how CR people interact. However i disliked all the birds and it's a bit dirty.

Thank Elyse K
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Lots of activity here from morning until night. Tourist and city dwellers mix throughout the day, many feed pigeons, often there are street performers. The theatre and museums are right there, American fast food and Tico options are steps away.

Thank MarksTwoCents
Fredericton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Nice place to check out in down town San Jose. It is full of life and culture the down town core. Everything is pretty much free and you can browse all the shops nearby.

Thank Carolyn B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This was a okay stop in San Jose, it is surrounded by busy city life, a gathering place for tourists. We enjoyed it although in Costa Rica, it was not a place we'd re-visit.

Thank woodlandartist
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This is a place you feel with your heart. I'm sad for people who can only see "dirty" or "too many pigeons and vendors". This place isn't here for tourist enjoyment, it's the center of a large metropolitan city and meeting place for its people. I'm in a hotel room looking directly over the plaza. I've so enjoyed lying in... More 

Thank theworldawaits1979
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I had expected the Plaza de la Cultura to have something, anything, to justify it's claim to somehow represent culture. True, there are some museums (Oro, etc) underneath the plaza, with an entrance you could easily mistake for a parking garage (see photo) and to the south you get an (unattractive) side view of the Teatro Nacional. But the only... More 

Thank Vincent M
Belo Horizonte, MG
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

It's a very nice place surrounded by restaurants and nice places to see and visit and there are also typical restaurants and museums nearby!

Thank carolinadias

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