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. Use our San Jose day trip planning website to visit National Park (Parque Nacional) on your trip to San Jose, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I passed by here on the freezer. Throughout the city, but I Park was a lot of wild birds in a quiet and relaxing place!
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  • We did it under a radiant Sun, it remains one of my best memories of Costa Rica. Given that there is no french guides, we did it without a guide. I don't know if it's better with, but we saw a lot of animals. We did 80% of the hikes in one morning (from opening at 7: 00 to 12: 00). Be careful, you can't have any food in your bag, ask before you predict your Spades picnic. We got from the back to the car put packets of cigarettes banned in the Park... The beach is beautiful. The small trails very well made. Animals are everywhere, attention to the thieving monkeys! We saw them steal a bag on the beach... This is the place of Costa Rica or we saw as many animals, it is really essential. On the other hand, watch out for scams when you arrive, the parking is free. If you park you before or you miss the road which turns right, we offers paid parking. It is really ridiculous because the official parking is more loans and free! We did have, because the road is not very visible...
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  • Watch out for scams before you get to the Park: individuals you stop about 500 m from the entrance to the Park and you forced to park. They pretend to be official guides and want to sell you anything and everything. Especially to go your way there are car parks at the entrance to the Park and get your tickets at the official box office. In the Park to see compared to what we saw in the Nord.deception and stress. Not at pura vida.
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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 :)

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