National Park (Parque Nacional), San Jose

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Stroll around National Park (Parque Nacional) in the heart of San Jose. Escape the heat under a vast array of shady spots among the palms and deciduous trees. During the day courting couples and retirees can be commonly seen hanging out on the benches and picnic tables. Old monuments fill the park devoted to Latin American historical figures, and at the center sits the Monumento Nacional, a dramatic 1953 statue depicting the Central American nations driving out American filibuster William Walker. Put National Park (Parque Nacional) and other San Jose attractions into our San Jose vacation planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Last stop in Costa Rica before heading home the next night. Mature trees giving us a place to rest after a long walk around town, the park leading right to the pedestrian street full on mural and stre...  more »
  • The place is really nice to walk around. As many things in Costa Rica it is a bit expensive considering the place is not very big.  more »
  • Nice quiet, cool oasis in middle the of San Jose. Very interesting historical statuary in the park. Central to the national library and national museum  more »
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  • Good trails/paths, all with concrete. A lot of squirrels along the path. If you aren't lucky enough to watch the crater just be patient, sometimes there are holes in the fog that allows you to see the crater for a few minutes, sometimes seconds. My advice, go first to the lagoon, if the lagoon is clear you need to get back to the main crater because, in a couple of minutes, the crater will be clear (if there is wind). You can pay admission using credit card, but parking lot just using cash. Bring your camera!
  • One of the most beautiful beaches in Central America. Full of amazing wildlife - definitely get a guide so you can spot it all.
  • A beautiful Park. It's fairly large and great for light walks or just relaxing. Also nice for photo ops
  • This is one of many small parks located in the heart of San Jose, near some of the best local coffee shops make sure to grab a coffee and take walk through this park. Also near the train station that can move you quicker through Heredia and Cartago.
  • Nice monument and amazing street full of nice graffiti :)