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. Put Central Park (Parque Central) into our San Jose trip itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The Parque Central is a large square placed just in front of the Cathedral of San Jose. Recreational events take place there as well as festivals and markets. At the Center stands a fountain at the sides of a temple which collects entries of illustrious men of Costa Rica. The diszione Park seems overwhelming in light of the few trees present.
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  • Great place to meet ,right next door to a Mcdonalds, lots of interesting features and good when its raining .nice place to take photos  more »
  • Absolutely not worth a visit. We walked past and around it - messy, nothing really worth seeing, and plenty of weird folks around the square.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • There is only one way to describe Central Park. Busy... lots of little shops and vendors around.
  • Not much to see...a place to takw shade from the San Jose sun....not much more.

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