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National Park (Parque Nacional)

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Address: Bordered by Avdas 1/3 and Calles 15 19 | Barrio Carmen, San Jose 10104, Costa Rica
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This tropical park is popular during the day but best avoided at night.

This tropical park is popular during the day but best avoided at night.

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To visit during the day

Dark at night, but great during the day, not a huge park but it is nice and peaceful place, very close to downtown.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 May 2016
Andres S
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If there's one thing I can say about Costa Rica it's that there's lots of public spaces for people to enjoy and every one of them seems to be well manicured and constantly maintained. This is particularly true of the National Parc. Such a beautiful setting and place to spend some time on a beautiful day.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

not worth bothering with. The coach was late which meant everything was rushed and too noisy for being able to see anytihng

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

We were amazed at how many beautiful parks, really large parks, there are in San Jose, plenty of seats, lush gardens in some of them and trees to block out the sun, though it rained every day except for 3 days in our 33 days stay in Costa Rico

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Dark at night, but great during the day, not a huge park but it is nice and peaceful place, very close to downtown.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Many TripAdvisor reviews feature National Park as Costa Rica’s many rainforest natural preserves, which are called national parks. This is a city park, not a rainforest, much as Ellis Island in New York City is a national park but not like Yellowstone. The name of this small, paved square is Parque Nacional, or National Park. The main feature in Parque... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

Small park in the middle of the city with a large historic statue in the middle. Some of the trees look like they are over a hundred years old. Statue is the main attraction.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

This the place where we usually wound up after a day in San Jose, great trees, with benches to relax under. Good historical statue in center. A pleasant breeze in late afternoon, and some interesting birds in the trees.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

The beautiful animals are so interesting. The wildlife will even sit for your photos. Bring plenty of film and a great camera

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

This is a good place to "set a spell" after you've shopped in the numerous markets nearby. We noticed a police presence, as officers awakened those sleeping on park benches without incident. The park is located in front of the Holiday Inn, so it's easy to grab a cab here too.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

We were led on the tour by Fausto our Caravan tour guide and had a delightful day in the park. He lead us on a two hour excursion of the park and its wildlife. He really knows his botany of Costa Rica and i would recommend you request him for any tours

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