Downtown San Jose Walking Tour-Costa Rica


Downtown San Jose usually cannot be reached at a must-see spot for most tourists in Costa Rica. Most people don’t want to spend time visiting San Jose, but they really miss seeing the really vibrant parts of Costa Rica. It’s certainly crowded and smog, but many people come to New York. And now that you can fly directly to Liberia, you can go out to the beach without stopping in San Jose, but most people are still flying to San Jose International Airport, so go on a walking tour of downtown San Jose. why do not you?

Here is the route to take your friends with you when you go to Costa Rica. Depending on how much time you spend on this tour, a day can take hours.

Those who have a rental car are very cheap. I like the car park opposite the Omni Shopping Center, so I’m starting this tour. Head to East of Calle 4. In the center of Avenida, near Plaza de la Culturera, you can see many people and pigeons playing with street preachers, comedians and musicians. Opposite the square is the famous Teatro Nacional. It opened the door in 1894 and it’s beautiful. Guided tours are available. Opposite the theater is the Grand Hotel de Costa Rica. The most famous hotel in Costa Rica. It was once the most luxurious and luxurious hotel in Costa Rica. They have a nice outdoor cafe where you can have coffee, drinks and snacks. The sandwich de hamon (ham sandwich) is delicious. For gambling types, there is also a casino inside the hotel.

Return to the theater and walk down the lawn stairs at Calle 5 where you will find the ICT tourist office. Open Monday to Saturday 9-1 and 2-5. From there, you can see underground plazas such as the Gold Museum, which displays pre-Columbian artifacts. Admission is $6 and is open daily from 9:30 to 4:30.

The main roads at Plaza de la Cultural are pedestrianized, so cars cannot pass through. You can walk freely. Keep an eye on your valuables and don’t wear jewelry that can be robbed by thieves. Here you can see many shops and restaurants that compete for your attention on both sides of the street.

Some good stops include La Casona, located outside the pedestrian zone. It is a two-story building full of typical Costa Rican souvenirs. All gifts for friends and family can be processed here. There is also Librieria Universal, one of the oldest stores in Costa Rica. You can buy gadgets, maps, books and more. Libreria Lehmann is also a great bookstore.

There is a large monument to democracy in Costa Rica. It’s a group of bronze campessinos who are humbly and proudly looking up. It is in front of a large building called Banco Central. Continue to walk past Costa Rica’s largest department store, La Gloria. Beyond La Gloria is Banco de Costa Rica, a huge black marble building.

Proceed towards Mercado Central. The market is full of shops, restaurants, produce stands and more. Cover the entire block of Avenida Central 1 and call numbers 6-8. A great place to enjoy the daily life of local Costa Ricans. Interesting food and meat are also on display. There are herbs sold for medicinal purposes that claim to cure the disease.

If you are claustrophobic or you don’t like the crowd, don’t visit the market! Two blocks down the historic Correo Central building. If you’re a stamp collector, check out the second floor, where rare old stamps are on display at the Costa Rica Postal History Museum.

Head north to Plaza de la Cultura, past the ICT office and the Gold Museum.

There is a park with Morazin Park in the middle of the city. It is close to the Aurora Holiday Inn. In the center of the park is the Temple of Music, which imitates Paris’s Le Trianon.

A few blocks north, you’ll come across Bolivar Park and the San Jose Zoo, which is open every day from 9-4:30. Admission is about $2.00.

Heading east, you will pass the Espana Park, which is full of plants and trees in the middle of the city. Continue on Avenida 7 and you will find La Casa Amarilla, home of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There is a nice park in front of you. Both were donated by Andre Carnegie. The Centronacional de Cartura is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 5:30. There is a museum and a theater. The Museum of Contemporary Art is also open nearby on T-Sa 10-5. Admission is $3 and it has art and exhibits from around the world.

On the hill of Ave 7 is the National Library, Biblioteca Nacional. It faces Parque Nacional, the largest city park. Check back at Monument Nacional, which celebrates the battle. The statue was made at Rodin Studios in France and shipped to Costa Rica.

Opposite the park is a statue of the Costa Rican hero Juan Santa Maria holding his torch and the Legislative Assembly supporting the Costa Rican Parliament.

Two blocks south of Parque Nacional are the National Museum, open Tuesday-Sunday from 8:30-4:30. This is a very popular tourist attraction. Admission is $4 and you can tour the original Bella Vista Citadel. Bullet holes in the 1948 Civil War are still visible. Excellent exhibits in Spanish and English.

The next stop for the museum is the Democratic Square. You can also see it from the museum. This is a fairly new one built in 1989 to commemorate democracy. It features the statue of Jose Figueres, a hero of the civil war of 1948. The former president who abolished the army after the civil war. The square is full of market stalls selling everything from clothing, jewelry, hammocks and crafts.

Place to eat

There are some great spots for a light snack, coffee or a cold serve. Bagel bagelmen is indispensable for good coffee and delicious bagels. Located in Avendia Central, downtown Barrio, California.

Cafe de la Posada in the pedestrian passage on the south side of the National Museum. More local in nature. Good thing.

Jacomin. Coffee and Italian style pastries. It is located near downtown Fissel Pharmacy.

Manolos in the middle of a pedestrian paradise. Excellent Casad and delicious churros.
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Downtown Pops is just around the corner of the Plaza de la Culturale, a pedestrian zone. The best ice cream in town.

If you want, you can find all the franchise items in downtown such as KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and more. For a little more Latin cuisine, try Lostipolos in downtown, opposite Cinevanidades.

It’s there. Discover all the great spots on this amazing walking tour of downtown San Jose. So wear comfortable shoes and enjoy!
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