Best Free Things to Do in San Jose

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Best Free Things to Do in San Jose

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  • Nonny
    York, UK27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but excellent free exhibition in a beautiful historical (former airport) building with outside sculptures. Well worth the short trip out of the city centre.
    Written March 21, 2024
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  • Quinten Jiskoot
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands550 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Colourful place, ideal for people watching, grabbing some snack, have lunch, or just enjoying this busy highlight in the center of San José.
    Written December 2, 2023
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  • Iris K
    Warrington, UK31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • The_Wanderer1992
    Columbia, MD1,831 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    While in San Jose, my husband and I stopped here. It's open to the public for free; however, donation boxes are around if you choose to donate. It's a clean, beautiful church. My husband was disappointed to find out that the pipe organ is not in use.
    Written November 25, 2023
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  • loubob155
    Trinidad, CA5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you are looking for a high end art souvenir from Costa Rica, this is the place. Small, but well curated. Conall was very well informed about the art works featured.
    Written February 20, 2024
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  • Worldbutterfly
    Berkeley, CA156 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an afternoon to kill in San Jose before our flights out and picked up some great souvenirs at this central art market. It's well worth a trip if you find yourself in the same situation.

    Reviews that say the place is full of tourist tack--you're right! Reviews that say you can find amazing, locally produced souvenirs here--you're right! There is truly the full range of products, from cheesy toucan magnets and every single type of "Pura Vida" t-shirt to original work from artists throughout the country. Our favorite stall was the Artesanias Con Identidad Costa Rica, an artist's collective that features work from over 100 local artists. There are handmade coasters, small painting, crochet and needlework, stained glass, textiles, jewelry--so many one-of-a-kind items. The stall is located fairly deep in the market, but not hard to spot because it features items that no one else has. But no matter what your taste you will find it here!
    Written March 3, 2024
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  • Wayphian H
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jen our tour guide was great and extremely informative! We saw some many different birds, insects and trees. The best part was seeing the baby sloth. The university campus is beautiful as well.
    Written June 14, 2022
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  • Wade M
    San Martino alla Palma, Italy48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome food and great beer. Can't go wrong here. I had their IPA and was pleasantly surprised at just how well it was made. The food was excellent, I had the Dos Tacos and some fries. Excellent. My friend had the burger and it was delicious as well. I'll be back for sure next time I have to venture into San Jose.
    Written June 4, 2023
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  • Thomas G
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,690 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the main square of San José with some huge shops and the national theatre. There is not that much to do, but it is good to see and I recommend a tour in the theatre.
    Written July 5, 2023
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland18,552 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This beautiful building currently is or perhaps was in the past, the main Post Office (which is government). Stunning piece of work.
    Written April 9, 2023
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  • David K
    United States3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent choice for fam and couples. Great food and vibes, highly recommended. Had an amazing breakfast and did some shopping.
    Written October 7, 2023
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  • R who travels
    Brighton, UK379 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a stop en route to the markets. A busy street with lots of cars - walking may we’ll be quicker than a cab. Sculptures are a good interesting distraction to walk around.
    Written April 13, 2019
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  • Janine P
    Red Deer, Canada2,537 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC6,557 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I admire the wooden ceilings, stain windows and colorful walls of this church. On both sides of the Main Altar are two smaller ones with religious statues. The sidings, floorings, balusters , organ, etc remind me of some beautiful churches that I have visited in Europe.

    Since no mass was going on during my visit, I was able to discreetly take some pictures. I said my prayers before leaving.

    Note: There is a small park located in front of this beautiful church
    Written November 27, 2022
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland18,552 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The little temple of music is interesting and sits in a small well maintained park. It is in downtown San jose. Great design!
    Written April 9, 2023
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