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Central Park (Parque Central)

Calle Central at Avenida 2 | Barrio La Catedral, San Jose, Costa Rica
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A simple square with a gazebo donated by former Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza.
  • Excellent13%
  • Very good29%
  • Average43%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible2%
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Calle Central at Avenida 2 | Barrio La Catedral, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't know how to describe the horrid piece of junk in the middle of this area...it is just too ugly for words...but it attracts many tourists and is always busy...

Thank Jane W
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Great place to meet ,right next door to a Mcdonalds, lots of interesting features and good when its raining .nice place to take photos

Thank rooikoptraveler
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Absolutely not worth a visit. We walked past and around it - messy, nothing really worth seeing, and plenty of weird folks around the square.

1  Thank Willem K
Reviewed 8 July 2017

This park is located in the heart of San Jose, GREAT spot for people watching, shopping, lunch and taking photos.

Reviewed 8 July 2017

Interesting park across from the church. The park was very busy. A great place to take a break and people watch

Thank Ann M
Reviewed 16 June 2017

This is a busy little park in San Jose. The Metropolitan Cathedral is located right next to it so it's worth checking out if you're in the area.

Thank KayleeShepheard
Reviewed 14 June 2017

We stopped on a week-end. Local bands took turn playing music: from opera, choir to rock, salsa. Fun places and meeting points of the locals after church.

Thank Montrealer_12
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This is a nice green space in the midst of the city, places to stop & rest, good for people watching & some birds, too.

Thank LookingForFamilyFun
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

On my visit I found the park to be a bit grotty and run down, Certainly not a place I would advise any tourist to be after dark. It is leafy and shaded but not exactly welcoming. I passed through it on a few occasions...More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 25 May 2017

The Park is undergoing renovation and the central structure is covered with plastic sheets. But the atmosphere in the park is electric with people playing instruments, skating, mothers with strollers and babies enjoying moments of freedom. Definitely recommended to spend some time here.

Thank Dr_B_Maitra
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