Sights & Attractions in San José


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Name Category Location
Catedral Metropolitana
Built in 1871 and completely refurbished in the late 1990s to...
Religious Sites Downtown
Centro Nacional de la Cultura
Costa Rica cherishes its state enterprises. Here the government...
Arts / Performance Venues, Industrial Sites Downtown
Correos de Costa Rica
The handsome, carved exterior of the post office, dating from...
Government Buildings Downtown
Mercado Central
This block-long melting pot is a warren of dark, narrow passages...
Markets / Bazaars Downtown
Monumento al Zaguate
An estimated 1 million dogs roam Costa Rica's cities and towns...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) Downtown
Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo
This wonderfully minimalist space is perfect as the country's...
Museums / Galleries Downtown
Museo del Jade
This is the world's largest collection of American jade—that's...
Museums / Galleries Downtown
Museo del Oro Precolombino
The dazzling, modern Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, in a three-story...
Museums / Galleries Downtown
Museo Nacional
In the mango-color Bellavista Fortress, which dates from 1870...
Museums / Galleries, Military Sites Downtown
Parque Central
At the city's nucleus, the tree-shaded Central Park is more plaza...
Squares Downtown
Parque España
One of our favorite spots is this shady little park. A bronze...
Parks Downtown
Parque Morazán
Anchored by the 1920 Templo de Música (Temple of Music), a neoclassic...
Parks Downtown
Parque Nacional
A bronze monument commemorating Central America's battles against...
Parks, Memorials / Monuments Downtown
Plaza de la Cultura
The crowds of people, vendors, and street entertainers at the...
Squares Downtown
Plaza de la Democracia
President Oscar Arias built this terraced space west of the Museo...
Squares Downtown
Plaza del Banco Central
A widening of Avenida Central, this plaza is popular with hawkers...
Squares Downtown
Teatro Nacional
The National Theater is Costa Rica at its most enchanting. Chagrined...
Arts / Performance Venues Downtown
Teatro Popular Melico Salazar
Across Avenida 2 on the north side of Parque Central stands San...
Arts / Performance Venues Downtown
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