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National Park (Parque Nacional)

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Address: Bordered by Avdas 1/3 and Calles 15 /19 | Barrio Carmen, San Jose 2004, Costa Rica
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Great Introduction to Tico Culture

We started our Costa Rican adventure with a stay at the Parque de Lago hotel, immediately adjacent to Costa Rica's version of Central Park. We awoke to a beautiful morning and our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 7, 2015
Kansas City
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London, United Kingdom
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142 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The park has a few statues in it and some people hanging out, but nothing overly spectacular. It is a nice stopover on the way to some of the other museums in the area

Thank nellosaurus
Kansas City
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84 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We started our Costa Rican adventure with a stay at the Parque de Lago hotel, immediately adjacent to Costa Rica's version of Central Park. We awoke to a beautiful morning and our first activity was an exploration of the park. It's a very big place, with beautiful landscaping and MANY different areas and by ways. Nice little lake in the... More 

Thank Irrashimasse
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

very nice to take an early evening stroll. pretty safe. they have benches, concrete tables and chairs thru the park so you can sit and pass time peacefully. take a coffee or hot chocolate or anything cause there is no food or eateries near by. there is a cool café named Fresco near by, highly recommend it. super cute, they... More 

Thank Yen M
Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile
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50 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is a big city park. Went on a week day and not much happening. Nice walk but not so much to see. Good place for the kids to run around and chase squirrels. Long ways from city center. Must take taxi.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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369 reviews
214 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 428 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Costa Rica has some fabulous national parks, with volcanos, beaches, and wildlife; more than one enthusiastic TA reviewer of the Parque Nacional in San Jose obviously is mistaking this for where they saw the volcano or beach! This is simply a city park, on a nice hill, where you can sit on a bench in the shade of a tree... More 

3 Thank Vincent M
New York
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

For the culture-minded, there is a beautiful theater is the center of San Jose and several museums to visit.

2 Thank Mary C
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We just wandered through...it was right across the street from the hostel where our son stayed. My clearest memory is that it had parrots all over...parrots not in cages! It was shady and quite lovely with plenty of benches and areas for picnics and sitting.

Thank melissabrown2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We liked sitting down to eat at the park. It gets hot midday but we were there early enough to enjoy a peaceful meal.

Thank Danielle L
Santa Cruz, California
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171 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The National Park for the 2005 archeological dig site, much improved in 2013, makes for genuine pre-Columbian aqueducts, amphiheatre and stone walkway. At one time 20,000 peoples lived around the major ceremonial mound where the leader lived. Fascinating!

1 Thank Judybookdoc
Miami Beach, Florida
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I liked that it's clean and lush like most of the Parks in and outside of San Jose & throughout Costa Rica

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