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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.
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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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National Theater

This beautiful building (1500 capacity) is their pride and joy. It was built by the government in 1897 with money from coffee taxes, and no expense was spared. There is marble and gold plate...
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Mercados - Markets

On our first day in San Jose, we walked through some of the Central Market but did not see anything worth buying. Friday morning March 1st we went to the Mercado Artesania. We did our last souvenir...
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Museo Nacional

The national museum used to be huge fortress, but it was converted after the army was abolished in 1949. Located right in downtown San Jose, it's very easy to find. Admission includes access to the...
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Pedestrian Mall - Avenida Central

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,...
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Catedral Metropolitana

We passed the San Jose (St. Joseph) cathedral in the hop-on-hop-off bus and I took photos. There was a bright white statue of Saint John Paul II inside the fence at Central Street, and 2th Avenue. ...
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Museo de Oro - Gold Museum

When we were in San Jose in 1996, the Gold Museum was closed on Sunday and Monday so we didn't get to visit it. So this time, I made sure we were in San Jose during the week when it would be open. We...
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Jade Museum

Back in 1996 we went to the Jade Museum which was free and was in the top of an insurance building. In 2014, a NEW building was been built for this museum which covers the life in Costa Rica from 500...
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Downtown San José

I see several tips suggesting to avoid San Jose, or only stay there as short a time as possible. But San Jose can be a great destination in itself between trips to the beaches or wilderness areas. It...
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Beaches, Rain Forests and Volcanoes

If you travel to Costa Rica, I strongly advise you to participate in any Canopy Tour, especially in Monteverde. It is extremely entertaining and well worth the cost. If you cannot stand extreme...
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Parque Francisco Morazán

This park was right across the street from our hotel and we could look down at it from our room. I wanted to go over and scooter around in the park and see the sculptures and the Temple of Music close...
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Views of the City

There are great views of the city from the 17th floor restaurant, but there are also good views from the rooms that face the park. We had a room on the 5th floor first and the second time we were...
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Plaza de la Cultura

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,...
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City Square Tour

The City Square Tours advertised a Hop On Hop Off bus tour of San Jose. It was a very good tour. But at the time we took it there was only one bus operating, so you could not get off and see an...
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Cemeterios

One of the things we do when we travel is document cemeteries - this means taking photos of the gravestones. Some of these are very interesting and artistic, and some are just sad - such as the ones...
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Ciudad Cariari, 50 m este de la entrada de Los Arcos, San Jose, Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
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Avenue 7 between Streets 3 & 5, San Jose, Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
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Calle 30, Avenidas 2/4, San Jose, Province of San Jose, 1007, Costa Rica
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Altos de las Palomas, San Jose, Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
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Autopista Prospero Fernandez Carretera Marginal Norte, San Jose, Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
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700 Metros Oeste de la Firestone, San Jose, Province of San Jose, 502-4005, Costa Rica
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penumbra

"San Jose, Costa Rica"
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besbel

"Three (Green) Weeks in San José"
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"San Jose, Capital City of Costa Rica"
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"San Jose"
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"Pleasant, but don't dawdle here"
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