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Address: Avenida Central at Calle 3, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Description: Downtown's main plaza often hosts celebrations, demonstrations...
Downtown's main plaza often hosts celebrations, demonstrations, performances, etc.
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Average Tourist Stop

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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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.

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Houston, Texas
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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 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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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 

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 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!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This is the spot to people watch in San Jose. Street performers, marketing events, illegal street merchants and tourists abound. Just look for a bench or a ledge to sit on and enjoy the evening. And should you have the itch to burn your cash, it is perfectly situated right on Avenida Central.

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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is the capital's center. You can always see people hanging around mostly teens. You have to be careful though as robbers are scattered around specially if you're a foreigner. It is however relatively safe at daytime. I really haven't hang-out here at late night but I have heard you should avoid staying here after 10PM.

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Northern Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

- too hyped, very disappointing - nothing to do at all - crowded & noisy, dirty - not too many good food options - and all shops & restaurants close at 8 pm!!!

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Anderson, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Plaza de la Cultura is a good place to hang out with friends, take pictures and sit, people watching. It isn't the cleanest "park" with pigeons everywhere (earning it the nickname pigeon park), but it is so busy that is gives it a unique atmosphere.

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Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is not the best park San Jose has to offer, but it is right in the middle of things along the central walkway that transverses downtown. It is a good place to sit and people watch.

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Cultural plaza is a lot like central plaza. There are a lot of birds and really pretty older buildings. However, when you think of Costa Rica, this is not what comes to mind. Its city life with city aspects: beggars, trash, old architecture and people watching.

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