Central Park (Parque Central), San Jose

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Visit Central Park (Parque Central), a popular meeting place among locals located in the center of San Jose. The park features a gazebo, supported by four legs and sitting atop a platform, and famously donated by former Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza. The surrounding area consists of a few trees that provide shade, with the national flag of Costa Rica flying proudly in the park. After taking some photos, continue from the plaza and visit the nearby national cathedral. Using our online itinerary creator, San Jose attractions like Central Park (Parque Central) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Central park, located in downtown San Jose, very visited. You have to be attentive for anything.
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  • October 3, 2017
    Unless you have some sort of antroplogical curiosity, this site is a waste of time if you look for a nice city view  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Central Park, located in the middle of downtown San Jose, just in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral, is an iconic work of Costa Rican architecture. A site of mandatory step because of its central location, very close to banks, restaurants, and l is lot of trade which is concentrated in its surroundings. This Park brings together people of all nature, thousands of them pass through their sidewalks every day. At holiday times, it is meeting centre of the Costa Rican through typical and representative of the Costa Rican activities. Being a park relatively small, it runs very quickly, so your visit is convenient as it passes through San Jose.
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  • March 22, 2017
    It's honestly a very beautiful area with lots to look at but like others have commented make sure to have all your stuff close by. It does get crowded here and pickpockets make sure to take advantage of that. There's police walking around but they don't do much.
  • April 11, 2017
    Nothing really to rate here. It's a park that is very crowded. It is surrounded by fast food such as KFC Carl's Jr and Papa Johns. It's really just a connection between 4th and 2nd ave
  • March 9, 2017
    Pretty typical Costa Rican Park but once in awhile during the holidays they have little tents full of handicrafts. You do have to watch out for pickpockets and thieves but just use ordinary caution. It's not a place that I would want to be at night.
  • June 13, 2017
    There is only one way to describe Central Park. Busy... lots of little shops and vendors around.
  • June 30, 2017
    Not much to see...a place to takw shade from the San Jose sun....not much more.

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