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Plaza de la Cultura

Avenida Central at Calle 3, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Downtown's main plaza often hosts celebrations, demonstrations, performances, etc.
  • Excellent25%
  • Very good30%
  • Average36%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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Avenida Central at Calle 3, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Its a nice place, check out the beautiful sculpture of the pope. not much more to say about this place.

1  Thank Ron F
Reviewed 8 March 2014

If you don't mind being attacked by pigeons, this is the place to visit! Its a brilliant place for observing the world and seeing families enjoying themselves.

Thank number240
Reviewed 9 December 2013

We visited the plaza on a Sunday afternoon. A performance was taking place consisting of children in brightly colored clothing dancing to lively music played by local musicians. Face painters and costumed cartoon figures were entertaining children. Lots of people and lots of pigeons. Nice...More

1  Thank pattib22
Reviewed 13 November 2013 via mobile

This place is good for 2 things: 1st, watching people and the world go by. there is a lot going on from people having their lunch breaks, days out, performances, selling items (including fake dvds - i would be weary of these) and much more....More

1  Thank G3ck0-Trav3ll3r
Reviewed 10 June 2013

This park as gotten a face lift several times since we have lived her and it is due again. There is only so much that you can do to a block square park to make it interesting. It is not worth a special trip to...More

2  Thank crafterincr
Reviewed 16 March 2013

If you were to pick the center of the city this would be it. Buskers regularly entertain here; it is flanked by the Gold Museum, the National Theatre, and the Restaurant Gran Oro.

1  Thank Celine L
Reviewed 23 January 2013

A plaza for the people, the statues are intriguing but the life of the everyday is here to enjoy. Watch people feed the pigeons, hang out with friends, discuss the news.

1  Thank Amira e
Reviewed 8 January 2013

The cultural plaza is where just about everyone hangs out sometime or another. It's crowded, noisy, and full of all kinds of streetlife, from everyday Ticos and tourists to the scammers to the truly downtrodden. It's well patrolled by the police, and they'll keep you...More

3  Thank chafraho
Reviewed 23 October 2012

For being the main plaza at the center of the capital city of Costa Rica, Plaza de la Cultura is definitely lacking. Basically, it is filled with people trying to sell you thinks or hand you advertisements, as well as lots and lots of birds...More

1  Thank globe-trotter_2023
Reviewed 19 September 2012

La Plaza de la Cultura is a nice little place to pass some time while headed else where in San Jose or Costa Rica. There is some decent shopping (if you are from the US, it may not seem very impressive), Teatro Nacional , Museuo...More

Thank MaryClark R
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