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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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Very nice but small and expensive

The place is really nice to walk around. As many things in Costa Rica it is a bit expensive considering the place is not very big.

Reviewed 4 days ago
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The place is really nice to walk around. As many things in Costa Rica it is a bit expensive considering the place is not very big.

Thank Damien D
Pensacola, Florida
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice quiet, cool oasis in middle the of San Jose. Very interesting historical statuary in the park. Central to the national library and national museum

Thank Richard W
Reading, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Large family oriented park. Safe feeling and lots of walking and vendors during the festival weekend.

Thank toelyn
Santa Barbara, California
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This is just a public park in the middle of the city where one can relax on a bench and read a book.

1 Thank RM-advisor
Edmonton, Canada
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We toured several of Costa Rica's National Parks and all were just a bit diofferent with new things to see and learn about. I would recomend a tour guide.

Thank adoonan2017
Crawfordsville, Indiana
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Beautiful Park. Clean. Well kept. People friendly. Get place to sit and relax while people watching.

Thank 64Janie
Paris, France
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 March 2017

paradise beaches, plenty of animals, some small hiking paths, good guides for showing animals, perfetc bus shuttle from hotels to the park entrance

Thank BeaShapira
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

An average city park with a misleading name. Perhaps because of the national monument symbolizing the struggle for independence in the center of the park it is called national park. Maybe the only NP in Costa Rica for which there is not a hefty fee for foreigners to enter. Remarkable are the light green benches, the green parrots, other beautiful... More 

1 Thank Robert937
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Go there with a book, sit on a bench and enjoy the local life there - especially in weekends. Also check with the locals if there's any events going on. When I was there on Saturdays in 2014, the park would be full of different kinds of games for young and old. I liked it!

2 Thank Sandra E
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

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

1 Thank Christa B

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