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San Jose Evening Tour with Dinner in Escazú
"Meet your guide at San Jose’s Central Market a lively labyrinth of more than 200 stalls that took root in 1882. Watch as people stream in and out of the covered market to purchase groceries and meet friends at restaurants cafes and bars.

You’ll find wares of every kind here including produce herbal remedies handicrafts and more. Your guide will take you to certain stalls to point out the herbs roots and fruit commonly used in local cuisine
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San Jose Super Saver: City Sightseeing plus Traditional Music and Dance Show with Dinner
San Jose Super Saver: City Sightseeing plus Traditional Music and Dance Show with Dinner"This Super Saver pairs two popular guided tours at a discounted price. The San Jose city tour provides the perfect introduction to Costa Rica's capital city and the Traditional Music and Dance Show gives you the chance to eat delicious hearty fare while watching folkloric traditions passed down through generations. See Itinerary below for details.Choose to take both tours one after the other or spread them out over the course of two days. In making your selection please note that the city tour operates daily and the Traditional Music and Dance Show is available on Wednesday and Thursday nights."
From $103.00
 
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
From $29.00

Plaza de la Cultura Tips (4)

Over the Gold Museum

We saw the Plaza of Culture in 1996, so when I saw the four ventilation stacks in 2015, I knew right away that I was in the right place. I know I have a photo of it back in 1996, but I can't find it, so I will leave a space for it.

Apparently the PTB decided that San Jose needed more open space so they decided to take down the buildings around the National Theatre (so that it would have more prominence) and build a partly subterranean museum to house the collection of the Costa Rica Central Bank, which was started in 1950. In the process of demolition, an additional previously unknown area of the National Theatre was discovered. So they decided to make the whole museum underground and put a park area on top.

The Gold Museum website says The Plaza is a 45 x 80 square-meter open area with a fountain, green areas and several levels. In the Plaza de la Cultura people are the protagonists, infusing the space with meaning whenever they use and share it. The space has acquired vital significance with its powerful symbolic values that endow the heart of the city with character.

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grandmaR
Sep 11, 2015

Plaza de la Cultura / Culture Square

This small plaza is a focal point in the heart of San Jose. It is situated in front of the Grand Hotel and across the Street from the National Theater. The Plaza offers a great spot for tourists to give their feet a rest while doing a little people watching.

The attractive square provides benches, a fountain, several small shade trees and one magnificent towering Royal Palm. There is also a monument to the Juan Mora Fernandez, the first President of Costa Rica. This is the main square for San Jose and is visited by thousands of both locals and visitors every day. The Plaza often hosts celebrations, demonstrations, performances, etc.

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Stephen-KarenConn
Apr 14, 2007

Plaza de la Cultura - Square of Culture

Impossible to miss if you’re walking along the Avenida Central Pedestrian Mall. All of a sudden you come upon an open plaza with the National Theatre in the background and you can’t help but smile. Note that beneath the plaza are two museums and the official tourist office (ICT) with an entrance on the east side (Calle 5). Pigeons and street performers are in attendance and benches are provided for people watching.

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penumbra
Oct 03, 2006

Plaza de la Cultura

Plaza de la Cultura is an open space at the side of the National Theatre and Avenida Central. The plaza is frequent with families with kids. Photographers with polaroid cameras and clowns make a living here. They also sell small bags of peanuts, which ppl buy and feed the pigeons. There are large number of pigeons as a result. There are often ppl lining up for public telephones at the corner.

There are some benches in the plaza, but most are not shaded. For those that like to rest in the shade, head to the nearby Plaza Mora Fernandez, which is just steps away in front of the entrance of the National Theatre. This is also a great place for ppl watching.

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mim95
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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