Plaza de la Cultura

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Plaza de la Cultura
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Downtown's main plaza often hosts celebrations, demonstrations, performances, etc.
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Melissa Balan
San Jose, Costa Rica196 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
The plaza itself is worth a visit, but do be sure to also walk down the pedestrian walkway. As you continue walking, you can find some beautiful historic buildings (turn right down another pedestrian only walkway after leaving Palza de Cultura). There are a number of small cafés and eateries to try all around the area. Do not go at night. By day, just be cautious as you would in any large city.
Written September 14, 2021
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longandshortofit
Overland Park, KS133 contributions
Jan 2020
Because our hotel was right next to it, we walked through and around and past this plaza several times during our stay in San Jose. Often it was crowded with people, seemingly may locals just hanging out and some tourists people watching. In the evenings, when the surrounding streets were bustling, the plaza was also. But rarely did we see any street performers or other things of interest in or near the plaza itself.

However, it is very well located, above the Gold Museum and right next to the National Theater. Basically it is a wide open slab in the midst of the action.
Written February 7, 2020
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MaRth2
Cairo73 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
A nice place to take a break in central San Jose, it is the place to meet up with people in the city and always full of life. It is fun to watch the kids feed and/or chase the pigeons, and it is next to or on top of several of San Jose's sights so it is quite convenient.
Written February 22, 2016
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Chuck n Suzanne H
Sallisaw, OK354 contributions
Dec 2012 • Friends
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 Theatre. This is truly a must see in San Jose. The Hotel Gran is another historical building. Under the pedestrian plaza are wonderful museums, holding treasures of jade, gold, and banking history. And when you've had your fill of culture, walk across the plaza and have a Big Mac. It's a one-stop cultural haven.

There's no telling what you may find here. We visited in early December, with fair weather and mild temperatures. There were street performers, face painters, trinket hawkers, money changers, the everpresent drummer and ocarina blowers, and Christmas decorations. It's worth a day and night in San Jose, just to see the sights of the plaza and surrounding paseo. But, much more than a day, and you've run out of things to do.
Written January 7, 2013
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John P
Melbourne, Australia1,094 contributions
Feb 2020
People mill about in this plaza, a meeting place for visitors and locals and setting for the delightful National Theatre. In any other city it would have little significance but in San Jose where the city character is generally somewhat down at heel, it assumes a pivotal role.
Written February 20, 2020
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Arie S
Jerusalem, Israel229 contributions
Aug 2019
a must place to pass if you are staying downtown and walkingin everywhere.
Apart from standing for several minutes and llooking at crwods go by there is nothing exciting , A very noticed police presence unseen in other places in the country .
Written September 12, 2019
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AnneAgerbo
51 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
A small plaza, which is a nice place to sit and watch people, and sense everyday life in San Jose. During weekends/afternoon you have the chance for enjoy street-artist, some good and some not so good.
Written August 4, 2019
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emdee570
Washington DC, DC19 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Good place to take it easy and do a little learning of the local culture. Went on one of our lazy days where we did not fancy anything too frenetic.
Written July 10, 2017
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Parvin S
1,509 contributions
Jan 2017 • Solo
This very big square surrounded by National Theater, Gold Museum, Tourist information center, and shops. the fountains on the floor make children having lots of fun.
Written January 21, 2017
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CR_Drifter
Seattle37 contributions
Aug 2016 • Solo
I was there last week and I was disappointed to find the plaza completely cordoned off to the public. Evidently they are renovating the museums that are (were?) underneath the plaza. Unfortunately, many of the nearby shops have closed also. I'm not sure why. The pedestrian walkway is still open and the streets were not closed.
Written August 31, 2016
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