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

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
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Anderson, Indiana
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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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123 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
47 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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30 helpful votes 30 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 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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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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187 helpful votes 187 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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