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Plaza de la Cultura

Address: Avenida Central at Calle 3, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Ranked #28 of 41 Attractions in San Jose
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Downtown's main plaza often hosts celebrations, demonstrations, performances, etc.
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Downtown's main plaza often hosts celebrations, demonstrations, performances, etc.

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Northern Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

- 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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270 reviews 270 reviews
124 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
44 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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portugal
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64 reviews 64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

It has everything its needed to be a great place! Surrounded by beautiful buildings such as the theater and the Grand Hotel Costa Rica. But is dirty, is very dirty!

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New York City, New York
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66 reviews 66 reviews
47 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Its a nice place, check out the beautiful sculpture of the pope. not much more to say about this place.

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
52 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

If you don't mind being attacked by pigeons, this is the place to visit! Its a brilliant place for observing the world and seeing families enjoying themselves.

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Naples, Florida
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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

We visited the plaza on a Sunday afternoon. A performance was taking place consisting of children in brightly colored clothing dancing to lively music played by local musicians. Face painters and costumed cartoon figures were entertaining children. Lots of people and lots of pigeons. Nice to walk thru on your way to the Gold Museum, National Theater or Gran Hotel.

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London, United Kingdom
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303 reviews 303 reviews
191 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

This place is good for 2 things: 1st, watching people and the world go by. there is a lot going on from people having their lunch breaks, days out, performances, selling items (including fake dvds - i would be weary of these) and much more. 2nd, dodging pigeons... there are a hell of a lot of these! Worth walking through... More 

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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85 reviews 85 reviews
37 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

This park as gotten a face lift several times since we have lived her and it is due again. There is only so much that you can do to a block square park to make it interesting. It is not worth a special trip to see it.

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