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Address: Avenida Central at Calle 3, San Jose, Costa Rica

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

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

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People watching place

The Plaza is the roof over the Gold Museum, the side yard of the National Theatre (a treasure worth touring) and the edge of a busy walking street. As some reviewers have said... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2017
North Bay, Canada
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

San Jose is just another large city without charm or a welcome feeling. Very run down streets and buildings. We didn't feel particularly welcome or safe, even during the day

Thank Dani R
North Bay, Canada
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

The Plaza is the roof over the Gold Museum, the side yard of the National Theatre (a treasure worth touring) and the edge of a busy walking street. As some reviewers have said, there's not much here, but each time we passed by or through it, we enjoyed watching people relaxing or interacting with the space. Most fun to watch... More 

1 Thank PTP46
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Lots to see all around including the Natoonal Theatre. Great fun to watch the children running in and out of the interactive fountains.

Thank Alan T
Sundsvall, Sweden
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187 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Plaza de la cultura by itself does not have much (or normally anything) to offer. Small with more or less nothing going on. What the plaza does have is a lot of things of interest surrounding it. Museums, Teatro Nacional, Grand Hotel (historic hotel) and of course shops and places to eat. So, a visit to Plaza de la cultura... More 

Thank Kenth_Nasstrom
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

The entire area is packed with people. Tourists checking out the sights and shopping, buskers, beggars, thieves, drug dealers. There were endless things to watch and listen to, but I spent most of my time watching our backs against the criminal element surrounding us. Lots of brilliant and interesting things to see, but if you go there make sure that... More 

Thank Kevin R
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

This plaza in the center has different levels connected with stairs and ramps for wheelchairs. Compared to other Latin American cities they really make an effort in San José to be friendly to wheelchairs. The transition to the adjacent National Theatre is less successful. The square is a bit higher than its basement. The entrance to the Precolumbian Gold museum... More 

Thank Robert937
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

This very big square surrounded by National Theater, Gold Museum, Tourist information center, and shops. the fountains on the floor make children having lots of fun.

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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

You can get a real nice flavor of the city by walking around up in here. Great people watching and it feels real.

1 Thank Alzor S
Oranjestad, Aruba
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

Visit this place full off activity, s it will give you a real impression, be on time as you have market on tuesday early

Thank wouter94
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

I was there last week and I was disappointed to find the plaza completely cordoned off to the public. Evidently they are renovating the museums that are (were?) underneath the plaza. Unfortunately, many of the nearby shops have closed also. I'm not sure why. The pedestrian walkway is still open and the streets were not closed.

2 Thank CR_Drifter

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