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Plaza de la Cultura

Avenida Central at Calle 3, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Downtown's main plaza often hosts celebrations, demonstrations, performances, etc.
  • Excellent25%
  • Very good30%
  • Average36%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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Avenida Central at Calle 3, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 27 July 2015 via mobile

This is a place you feel with your heart. I'm sad for people who can only see "dirty" or "too many pigeons and vendors". This place isn't here for tourist enjoyment, it's the center of a large metropolitan city and meeting place for its people....More

1  Thank theworldawaits1979
Reviewed 2 July 2015

I had expected the Plaza de la Cultura to have something, anything, to justify it's claim to somehow represent culture. True, there are some museums (Oro, etc) underneath the plaza, with an entrance you could easily mistake for a parking garage (see photo) and to...More

2  Thank Vincent M
Reviewed 17 June 2015

It's a very nice place surrounded by restaurants and nice places to see and visit and there are also typical restaurants and museums nearby!

Thank carolinadias
Reviewed 5 June 2015

This is the spot to people watch in San Jose. Street performers, marketing events, illegal street merchants and tourists abound. Just look for a bench or a ledge to sit on and enjoy the evening. And should you have the itch to burn your cash,...More

Thank 5up3r_80r3d
Reviewed 19 May 2015

This is the capital's center. You can always see people hanging around mostly teens. You have to be careful though as robbers are scattered around specially if you're a foreigner. It is however relatively safe at daytime. I really haven't hang-out here at late night...More

1  Thank Jacel d
Reviewed 30 January 2015

- too hyped, very disappointing - nothing to do at all - crowded & noisy, dirty - not too many good food options - and all shops & restaurants close at 8 pm!!!

Thank VC397
Reviewed 24 January 2015

Plaza de la Cultura is a good place to hang out with friends, take pictures and sit, people watching. It isn't the cleanest "park" with pigeons everywhere (earning it the nickname pigeon park), but it is so busy that is gives it a unique atmosphere.

Thank sarahgrace013
Reviewed 18 November 2014

This is not the best park San Jose has to offer, but it is right in the middle of things along the central walkway that transverses downtown. It is a good place to sit and people watch.

1  Thank ut_jd
Reviewed 21 October 2014

Cultural plaza is a lot like central plaza. There are a lot of birds and really pretty older buildings. However, when you think of Costa Rica, this is not what comes to mind. Its city life with city aspects: beggars, trash, old architecture and people...More

Thank RaeJacks
Reviewed 31 August 2014 via mobile

It has everything its needed to be a great place! Surrounded by beautiful buildings such as the theater and the Grand Hotel Costa Rica. But is dirty, is very dirty!

Thank worldsoul
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