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Artist Bird - San Jose Creative Side Walking Tour
"Meet in Parque Morazan under the dome temple. This park is in front of the Holiday Inn Aurola.We'll wonder under tunnels and past abandoned buildings catching the newest works in graffiti art and then continue to galleries featuring indigenous works urban fashion vibrant paintings sculptures furniture and more. Sometimes we might meet the artists themselves. In between locations we'll catch glimpses of some of San Jose's most historic buildings
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San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour
"An unique sightseeing double decker bus will take you to downtown San Jose from your hotel to witness the city's main historical landmarks for an immersive and panoramic cultural experience and a better understanding of Costa Rica's evolution. Art Museum Metropolitan Cathedral the old and authentic Central Market the new and impressive National Stadium an in-depth description of the National Monument and the influential historical episode that took place at the Democracy Plaza. The bus tour will take you comfortably and safely through San Jose's narrow and busy streets driving by beautiful outdoor city attractions. The living city is your museum
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Bird's Nest: 2-hour San Jose City Highlights Walking Tour
"Meet at Parque Morazan prior to 10:15 am. Your guide will be waiting for you under the dome temple.Once your walking tour begins your guide wll discuss current issues affecting the daily lives of Costa Ricans and Costa Rica on a global scale. Using a mix of current events historic photography and sites you will get an educated impression of the country not just a tourist one. Along the way you might run into protests concerts public art demonstrations
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Pedestrian Mall - Avenida Central Tips (4)

Vehicle-free walk

There is a very nice car & bus-free walk down the main street, Central Calle. It’s about 8 blocks long, no cars and no buses mean the diesel exhaust is a away from you. There are a couple plazas, the big Post Office, a plaza filled with pigeons and kids feeding them, and many shopping stores. Pedestrian only streets are always a draw, and I always found my way back here. The street right next to it had about 6 blocks of no cars too.

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Tom_In_Madison
Nov 20, 2008

Avenid Central - the heart of the city

You guessed it - Avenida central is in the center of the city. It runs roughly east west and all the streets are numbered starting form here. It is a paved pedestrian mall for about 4 or 5 blocks in the center. Along the avenida you will find a lot of resturuants, banks clothing shops, and department type stores. In the street there are locals, street performers, hawkers of all sorts of useless things, many people sitting at small tables selling lotto tickets, I thought they were phone cards, but I am told it is for the national lotto. A block or so from the east end of the paved section is the Artists markets, past the west end is the cemtral markets.

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Josilver
Jul 05, 2007

Pedestrian Mall - Avenida Central

From dawn until well into the evening, there are vendors selling their goods to the people walking up and down the Avenida Central pedestrian mall. Since cars are banned from the avenue, it seems at once both safer and cleaner. Certainly on Sunday much of San Jose comes out with their family for a walk and an ice cream.

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penumbra
Oct 04, 2006

Pedestrian mall on Avenida Central

For several blocks east and west of Plaza de la Cultura, Avenida Central is a pedestrian-only walkway, with shops and restaurants lining on both sides of the street. Both Ticos and tourists come here to shop and eat. You can find American fast-food restaurants such as McDonald's and Burger King, Tico fast-food chains, ice-cream parlors, sodas, bakery and supermarkets. There are also electronics, clothings, atheletic, book, crafts and department stores.

This is definitely the safest street of the whole San Jose, as police is present on every other block or so.

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Mar 21, 2005
 
 
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Things to Do Near San José

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National Theater

On Monday, one of the things we did was a tour of the National Theatre (which was being renovated, so it wasn’t really a tour, and we didn’t pay for it because the guard at the entrance wasn’t there)...
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Museo de los Niños

They drove us past the Children's Museum on the city tour. It wasn't one of the places that we went into. It looks a little like a castle and apparently it was originally a jail. Now the are 40 rooms...
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Getting to San José

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Avenida Central – Calle 4-9

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