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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 good32%
  • Average35%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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“gold museum” (5 reviews)
“costa rica” (8 reviews)
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Avenida Central at Calle 3, San Jose, Costa Rica
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"national theatre"
in 8 reviews
"gold museum"
in 5 reviews
"costa rica"
in 8 reviews
"pre columbian gold"
in 2 reviews
"pigeons"
in 16 reviews
"buskers"
in 2 reviews
"beggars"
in 2 reviews
"fountain"
in 4 reviews
"activity"
in 4 reviews
"ticos"
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"treasure"
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"artists"
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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Its a nice place, check out the beautiful sculpture of the pope. not much more to say about this place.

1  Thank Ron F
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

If you don't mind being attacked by pigeons, this is the place to visit! Its a brilliant place for observing the world and seeing families enjoying themselves.

Thank number240
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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...More

1  Thank pattib22
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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....More

1  Thank G3ck0-Trav3ll3r
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