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Plaza de la Cultura

Avenida Central at Calle 3, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Ranked #28 of 40 Attractions in San Jose
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: Downtown's main plaza often hosts celebrations, demonstrations, performances, etc.
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
39 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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202 reviews 202 reviews
127 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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
53 helpful votes 53 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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

If you were to pick the center of the city this would be it. Buskers regularly entertain here; it is flanked by the Gold Museum, the National Theatre, and the Restaurant Gran Oro.

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Portland, Oregon
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

A plaza for the people, the statues are intriguing but the life of the everyday is here to enjoy. Watch people feed the pigeons, hang out with friends, discuss the news.

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Sallisaw, OK
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96 reviews 96 reviews
37 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

The cultural plaza is where just about everyone hangs out sometime or another. It's crowded, noisy, and full of all kinds of streetlife, from everyday Ticos and tourists to the scammers to the truly downtrodden. It's well patrolled by the police, and they'll keep you safe. They may not keep your stuff safe. In this plaza, you'll find the National... More

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