The Plaza Central Park, Antigua

4.5
#1 of 69 in Sightseeing in Guatemala
Landmark Tourist Spot
Rest on a bench in The Plaza Central Park and observe the bustling atmosphere of Guatemala's former capital. Surrounded by colonial-era buildings, dominated by the grandiose San Jose Cathedral, the tree-shaded square is a great place to stroll, take a break from sightseeing, and people watch. Admire the central fountain known for its mermaid sculptures, get some souvenirs or snacks, and see the locals going about their daily life. With our custom trip planner, Antigua attractions like The Plaza Central Park can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This park is a great place to visit to get a feel for Antigua. Everything you need is here and you can stop here to catch a breather. There are many vendors and some of the architecture is very impres...  more »
  • Not only are the banks, pharmacies and coffee places located on or near this historic plaza there is always something happening there. People walking dogs, a race, vendors, live music. Don't miss it. ...  more »
  • We really enjoyed spending time on or near the central square in beautiful Antigua. It is a lively place full of street vendors and friendly locals, a great place to sit and people-watch either by the...  more »
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  • The heart of Antigua. This is where you see life here. Such a wonderful place to be.
  • We stayed over a Saturday night in Antigua and the central square was hopping. Street performers, musicians and crafters peddling their wares. Something for everyone.
  • Since I can't leave a review for Antigua as a city, I will review the city park instead. Nice. So, funny, everyone in Antigua says Guatemala city is dangerous and to avoid it. But everyone in Guatemala City says Antigua is more dangerous. I went through every part of GC on bike or foot and didn't have any problem. While I have nothing against Antigua, young ladies, it is known the locals will have an afterparty since bars close at 1am and many young women get drugged and raped at these locals parties, 86 reported last year which means maybe 1000 actually happened. All good if your up for a party and letting lose. Just be smart like anywhere else. I actually had an amazing time in GC but just an OK time in Antigua. Definitely recommend the volcano hike there, the evening one is cool because you can see and hear the lava spurting out. Enjoy it all!!
  • Pleasant enough park, there's a fountain and lots of benches and there's always lots.of people around. Feels safe. Lots of people selling food, crafts etc.
  • It's nice enough. It's got a fountain in the middle and plenty of benches to relax and people watch. Nice cathedral but we never seen it open

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