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Address: Avenida Central at Calle 3, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Downtown's main plaza often hosts celebrations, demonstrations,...

Downtown's main plaza often hosts celebrations, demonstrations, performances, etc.

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Small Plaza in the heart of downtown San Jose.

We visited the plaza on a Sunday afternoon. A performance was taking place consisting of children in brightly colored clothing dancing to lively music played by local musicians... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 December 2013
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Naples, Florida
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Naples, Florida
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81 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

We visited the plaza on a Sunday afternoon. A performance was taking place consisting of children in brightly colored clothing dancing to lively music played by local musicians. Face painters and costumed cartoon figures were entertaining children. Lots of people and lots of pigeons. Nice to walk thru on your way to the Gold Museum, National Theater or Gran Hotel.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013 via mobile

This place is good for 2 things: 1st, watching people and the world go by. there is a lot going on from people having their lunch breaks, days out, performances, selling items (including fake dvds - i would be weary of these) and much more. 2nd, dodging pigeons... there are a hell of a lot of these! Worth walking through... More 

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

This park as gotten a face lift several times since we have lived her and it is due again. There is only so much that you can do to a block square park to make it interesting. It is not worth a special trip to see it.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

If you were to pick the center of the city this would be it. Buskers regularly entertain here; it is flanked by the Gold Museum, the National Theatre, and the Restaurant Gran Oro.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2013

A plaza for the people, the statues are intriguing but the life of the everyday is here to enjoy. Watch people feed the pigeons, hang out with friends, discuss the news.

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Sallisaw, OK
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182 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013

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... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2012

For being the main plaza at the center of the capital city of Costa Rica, Plaza de la Cultura is definitely lacking. Basically, it is filled with people trying to sell you thinks or hand you advertisements, as well as lots and lots of birds that know no fear and will literally swarm you. (Oh, and there will also be... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2012

La Plaza de la Cultura is a nice little place to pass some time while headed else where in San Jose or Costa Rica. There is some decent shopping (if you are from the US, it may not seem very impressive), Teatro Nacional , Museuo del Oro, el Gran Hotel Costa Rica and the cafe 1820. There are often street... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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75 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2012

What is nice about it is that in its underground level it has the gold museum, which is GREAT. Also, next to it, it has the National Theathre.

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Thank andre r
Dominical, Costa RIca
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2012

It is a nice place to find souvenirs and gifts from Costa Rica. The people that work there are very helpful.

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