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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 10104, Costa Rica

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

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

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To visit during the day

Dark at night, but great during the day, not a huge park but it is nice and peaceful place, very close to downtown.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2016
San Jose, Costa Rica
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Phoenix, Arizona
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were amazed at how many beautiful parks, really large parks, there are in San Jose, plenty of seats, lush gardens in some of them and trees to block out the sun, though it rained every day except for 3 days in our 33 days stay in Costa Rico

Thank brigadier192003
San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Dark at night, but great during the day, not a huge park but it is nice and peaceful place, very close to downtown.

Thank asolcayo
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,394 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Many TripAdvisor reviews feature National Park as Costa Rica’s many rainforest natural preserves, which are called national parks. This is a city park, not a rainforest, much as Ellis Island in New York City is a national park but not like Yellowstone. The name of this small, paved square is Parque Nacional, or National Park. The main feature in Parque... More 

Thank DeanMurphy2020
Knoxville, Tennessee
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212 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

Small park in the middle of the city with a large historic statue in the middle. Some of the trees look like they are over a hundred years old. Statue is the main attraction.

Thank Jotum
Toronto, Canada
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23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

This the place where we usually wound up after a day in San Jose, great trees, with benches to relax under. Good historical statue in center. A pleasant breeze in late afternoon, and some interesting birds in the trees.

Thank Errol P
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

The beautiful animals are so interesting. The wildlife will even sit for your photos. Bring plenty of film and a great camera

Thank Sunshine3149
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

This is a good place to "set a spell" after you've shopped in the numerous markets nearby. We noticed a police presence, as officers awakened those sleeping on park benches without incident. The park is located in front of the Holiday Inn, so it's easy to grab a cab here too.

Thank gaminwoman
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016

We were led on the tour by Fausto our Caravan tour guide and had a delightful day in the park. He lead us on a two hour excursion of the park and its wildlife. He really knows his botany of Costa Rica and i would recommend you request him for any tours

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016

We walked through this cute, little park after a visit to the 'Atlantico train station'. It was a nice rest stop to have some snacks before continuing with our walking through downtown San Jose. There are several interesting statues and nice benches to relax. Beautiful trees and shrubs and very clean.

Thank seetheworld2014
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Got confused when some other TA reviewers said they saw squirrels & parrots. We didn't see any except locals & a few tourists like us. As 1 senior reviewer wrote, they probably got mixed up with 1 of the other parks. OK to visit as it was just a block from the National Museum, better than Parque Central

Thank jlee_melbourne

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