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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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Description: This tropical park is popular during the day but best avoided at night.

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nice walking park

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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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 

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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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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 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Miami Beach, Florida
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

My wife and I spent a month at Christmastime (2014) in San Jose and found this park early on (we walked on average 20 kms/day). We came to the park the first time from the NW corner and encountered a Costarican jewellery maker fabricating some creations at a picnic table - what a more perfect workplace I couldn't imagine (when... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Many people have this park, which is a downtown city park, confused with the Poas Volcano National Park. This park has NOTHING to do with volcanoes. It is downtown at the intersection of Calle 15 and Eladio Prado Sanez. It is a beautiful park to sto pin, but please do not confuse this with the volcano park or you will... More 

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