Nature & parks in San Jose

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Nature & Parks in San Jose

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  • Iris K
    Warrington, UK31 contributions
    We were saddeened that there was no lake but this was made up for by the fabulous Museum of Costa Rican Art
    Written February 23, 2023
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  • NoIberostarFan
    Wichita, KS840 contributions
    Very easy access from the road and to the trail. We had a great hike and saw many birds and howler monkeys. You can stay for 15 minutes or a couple hours.
    Written March 11, 2023
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  • Matilda J
    1 contribution
    10/10 !! Beautiful garden with beautiful butterflies. It was £6 a ticket (foreign adult price) and I was given 2 handy info sheets about identifying different butterflies + general facts about them. It’s not a massive space but there are benches so you can sit along the butterflies. There’s also a “contemplation walk” and a small space in the reception area if you want to grab a drink and sit in the shade. Would absolutely recommend !!
    Written January 28, 2024
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  • Shawn M.
    99 contributions
    This park offers some greenery, statues and art.

    The main attraction is a famous statue of Costa Ricans driving out an American imperialist.
    Written March 18, 2023
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  • Stephanie A
    10 contributions
    My children and I (8 and 10 years old) took a day trip here from Orosi and it surpassed my expectations! The hiking trails were challenging, but fun, and beautiful. The lookout of the valley and volcanos (if the clouds clear) was gorgeous. We felt secluded and that we could really enjoy the rainforest around us, as there were few people that we met on the trail (and it was a Saturday). Crossing the small streams was fun for us all, and the waterfalls truly were beautiful. Completely recommend for a visit. We spent about 3 hours there, and hiked three of the trails. You actually have to "hike up" to the lookout and beginning of the trails. They offer walking sticks at the bottom - get them! Very helpful, especially for the muddy trail and crossing the streams.

    Best surprise of all......we saw a quetzal!!! Such an amazing experience and lifetime memory!
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • Janine P
    Red Deer, Canada2,527 contributions
    It’s a busy spot to sit and people watch. A few statues, the gazebo and busy shopping streets around it. Benches for sitting and garbage cans for litter.
    Written November 10, 2023
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  • bccloutier
    Naples, FL82 contributions
    An enjoyable day of walking through as zoo that consists of meager offerings. Lots of birds and reptiles, a few monkeys and we did see on jaguar. There are far better zoos around the world but for the meager entrance fee, this is worth some time if you have time. Not a priority, but something fun to do for a few hours.
    Written February 27, 2022
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  • Thomas G
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,676 contributions
    This park is nice park to visit, but do not plan to visit here. It is nice if you visit the park, but there a better things to do in San Jose.
    Written July 5, 2023
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  • Gertje F
    Nijmegen, The Netherlands38 contributions
    With our Nomad America 4x4 with rooftop tent we found this beautiful place to camp. Not busy we were alone.

    Nice view of the lagoon (you can make a short walk), clean toilets, electricity, running water, cold shower. Even have soap and toilet paper!

    I think we paid 3000 colones per person so price is good. Met the owner, is a friendly guy.

    There is also shelter in case of rain.

    Take an extra blanket cause it gets cold at night!
    Written December 8, 2018
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  • Gail B
    Sunapee, NH2 contributions
    Sergio Guevara, who owns and operates Guanacaste Expeditions,
    can offer you a customized tour with a true flavor of the country. He has an incredible knowledge of flora and fauna and of the places to experience what Costa Rica has to offer.He is able to take you quietly to the best of places,without being with swarms of other tourists. He is accommodating, he is a good listener, and he will work with all people in an unfaltering patient manner, with a good sense of humor. Having worked with him several times and gone to places less traveled as well as more popular locations, I recommend him highly for touring to a variety of places. He researches his choices and works to be sure he offers high quality experiences for reasonable prices.
    Written August 16, 2016
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  • Frequent Diner
    Burlington, Ontario, Canada7 contributions
    Some of the best mountain biking trails - specifically all mountain, enduro and downhill in the country. Great small store at entrance for those that forgot to bring sufficient fluids and calories.
    Written March 23, 2023
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  • Thomas G
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,676 contributions
    This square is a very cool square with nice stairs and museums around. There are not many bars and restaurant, but nice to visit for a couple of minutes.
    Written July 5, 2023
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland18,464 contributions
    This park is not great and like most of the parks in San Jose they need a serious bit of work (and funding) to bring them back to a good standard.
    Written April 9, 2023
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  • Len K
    42 contributions
    Nice park in the city to unwind and relax. Close to shopping and restaurants and bus transportation.
    Written December 19, 2018
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