5 Best Performing Arts Venues in San Jose, Costa Rica

Centro Nacional de la Cultura

Barrio Otoya

There are frequent dance performances and concerts in the Teatro FANAL and Teatro 1887, both in the Centro Nacional de la Cultura.

C. 13, Avdas. 3–5, San José, San José, 10101, Costa Rica

Eugene O'Neill Theater

Barrio Dent

This theater has chamber concerts and plays many weekend evenings. The cultural center is a great place to meet North American expatriates.

Teatro La Aduana

Barrio La California

You'll find frequent dance and stage performances at this theater, and it is home to the Compañía Nacional de Teatro (National Theater Company).

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Teatro Nacional

Barrio La Soledad

This 1897 neo-baroque theater is the home of the excellent National Symphony Orchestra, which performs on several Friday evenings and Sunday mornings between March and November. The theater also hosts visiting musical groups and dance companies. Tickets are $10–$50—far less than you'd pay for a comparable production back home.

Teatro Popular Melico Salazar

Barrio La Merced

San José's second-most-popular theater has a full calendar of music and dance shows, as well as a few offbeat productions. There is something on a couple of nights a week; tickets are $5–$25.