Fodor's Expert Review Plaza de la Democracia

Downtown Plaza/Square/Piazza

President Oscar Arias built this terraced space west of the Museo Nacional to mark 100 years of democracy and to receive dignitaries during a 1989 hemispheric summit. The view west toward the dark green Cerros de Escazú is nice in the morning and fabulous at sunset. Jewelry, T-shirts, and crafts from Costa Rica, Guatemala, and South America are sold in a string of stalls along the western edge. The city has been threatening to move the vendors to another location for years, but nothing has come of it.


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Bordered by Avdas. Central–2 and Cs. 13–15
San José, San José  10101, Costa Rica

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