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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

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
San Jose, Costa Rica
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The park was pretty empty compared to other parks downtown, and much more naturally beautiful and green. Very relaxing.

Thank Christa B
Monterey, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The National Park was a great stop for a coffee and respite, with a lot of bench seating and grassed areas to relax. The park was quite sparsely filled, primarily with families with young children.

Thank Fadamos
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

the parks are all very much of muchness, not overly large but nicely planted and a home for many birds, we found once seen one the rest were the same

Thank marialeake
Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

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.

Thank romadaro
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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

Thank andrew b
Phoenix, Arizona
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66 reviews
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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

Thank brigadier192003
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.

Thank Andres S
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.

Thank Jotum
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.

Thank Errol P

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