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Downtown's main plaza often hosts celebrations, demonstrations, performances, etc.
Avenida Central at Calle 3, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Large Plaza by the National Theatre and Gold Museum. Dancing fountains, shops, restaurants, great to sit and people watch.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Voyage803067
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Interesting, very crowded but a great place to people watch, see locals, but lots of pigeons. We visited the National Theatre which was amazing in post-Baroque architecture/decoration, then walked out to the plaza. Walked around, it's one of the places you can say you've been.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 4, 2018

There is nothing special about this square. But there is a theater and museum.Watch after your belongings as it is very crowded (downtown) and super busy.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank JuliaReitor
Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

Great shopping area and good place to take in the city sights and feel the vibe of the area. Colorful buildings, musicians, vendors, & policemen walking their beat, etc.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank travelingCAgal
Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

The plaza is just located by the National theatre building. Lots of visitors and pigeons included. Always busy since it’s a place also for the inhabitants.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank steelriver2014
Reviewed March 23, 2018

It has a boulevard which is very easy to walk and is linked to the main places in the center of San Jose. It is always crowded but it is still nice to walk.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank mariotorrealba
Reviewed March 22, 2018

One of the central squares in the city. Next to the shopping street. It is a very modern and lively place where a lot of people are meeting and hanging out. One of the must-sees of San Jose!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank PeterVos91
Reviewed March 19, 2018 via mobile

after dinner and a beer, we decided to take a walk. took a taxi to here. the place is well lit at night and there are so many people. felt very safe. very romantic to walk at night. so many beautiful buildings.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Terrence S
Reviewed January 26, 2018

If you want the plaza for yourself, just- walk early morning when it is practically empty. In the afternoon or on weekends it is all very populated, not even a place to sit down for a moment’s rest. It is an excellent place to watch...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank acorna
Reviewed January 5, 2018 via mobile

The name certainly didn’t live up to its name. It is literally beside the National Theatre - perhaps that’s why it got it’s name? Any way apart of a large artificial Christmas tree that was installed by Movistar - not a lot of culture going...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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