The Plaza Central Park, Antigua

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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. Work out when and for how long to visit The Plaza Central Park and other Antigua attractions using our handy Antigua trip planner .
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  • The hub of excitement and relaxation both. Everyone congregates to stroll, people and site/sight see, commercial businesses and street vendors intermingle.  more »
  • This is a popular spot for locals to meet and enjoy time together under the trees. It's also a popular spot for the tourists as the park is surrounded on all sides by history, eateries, and shopping. ...  more »
  • The Parque Central is a beautiful city park with several fountains. One day when I was visiting, there were beautiful flower arrangements placed all over the park, which were amazing. Several street v...  more »
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  • I'm so amazed! If you like quiet it may not be for you. It wasn't rowdy just alive and happening. Beautiful and colorful, diverse and clean. Awesome people and energy. Great activities, Latin Night on Friday's. They do have a bar and it didn't feel like I was living in a bar tho.😁😊
  • Nice plaza. It's the center of the city and everyone would come here. The place was safe as there were a lot of police or security patrolling in this area.
  • Lots of people trying to sell you something. I love it. The place is very wooded. People hanging out. In short, excellent to seat and spend some minutes only absorbing everything around you.
  • Very beautiful and clean park, we went there around Christmas time and it’s all lid up with light, beautiful and nice place for chill with a cuppa or just hang around.
  • This is a must-walk-through area of Antigua! You can sit and people watch for hours, or just walk through on your way to a restaurant or ruin. Many activities and events happen here throughout the year and the fountain is a great meeting point when trying to find friends.

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Where to stay in Antigua

The grid-like but picturesque central streets of Antigua abound with accommodations catering to all manner of travelers, with a selection of budget, mid-range, and high-end boutiques. Most cluster around the city's central landmark, Parque Central (Plaza Mayor). If you stay in this area, you'll be close to all the best attractions in Antigua, as well as the city's most visited eateries, bars, and cafes. If you want to stay in a slightly less crowded area, look just north of the city center to the streets around Iglesia La Merced.
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