Plaza de la Cultura, San Jose

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Embrace thriving local life with a visit to Plaza de la Cultura, a vibrant central square and social epicenter. Sit back, grab an ice cream, and watch the world go by, as entrepreneurs from juggling clowns to street food and handicraft vendors jostle for attention among the throng of spirited locals. A police station situated at the corner of the square ensures the plaza remains one of the safest places in the city. Put Plaza de la Cultura at the forefront of your travel plans using our San Jose vacation route planner.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Plaza de La Cultura is located directly beside Teatro Nacional. It is one of the must see centerpieces of the San José, Costa Rica central area. It is a great place to sit and relax and watch the worl...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We like to find a spot on one of the benches, buy an ice cream and people watch. You'll see many interesting things- from the Ticos running to get to work or home to the artistic ones who want show of...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    I guess only very few claim otherwise... but this square is not worth visiting. It's ugly, with lots of cement, very confusing walkways and guardrails, and just nothing to compensate for any of it. Lo...  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    This is a meeting place for a variety of crowds, it's usually packed around noon and later in the afternoon. It's located right next to the National Theater, and the Gold Museum. From here the National Museum is about five blocks away, making it a nice stop if you are walking in downtown San José. There's plenty of coffee shops and fast food restaurants around it. Probably the best place to eat here is the café in the theater.
  • June 26, 2017
    The area has potential but there are no public toilet in central San Jose and rubbish and litter is everywhere because there are no recepticles .. and the place smells from the urine.. could be solved with some common sense management by the mayor of municipality
  • May 1, 2017
    Home of the gold Museum and 2 million pigeons. A good place to people-watch. The National Theatre is also here and is a must-see for tourists.
  • March 15, 2017
    It has been recently redesigned. You will love the kids playing in the water fountain. Nice place to take pictures. Mind your belongings, though.
  • March 23, 2017
    You never knows what can you see over there. Just try not to crash with the people walking around and take care of your wallet. Historical place close the National museum. I like it. Walking around the plaza is for free lol. You have to have a selfie in there of course... You didn't visit the capital of you haven't been here.

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