Plaza de la Cultura
Plaza de la Cultura

Plaza de la Cultura

Bulevar Avenida Central, 10101

The basics

The Plaza de la Cultura won’t be your go-to spot for people-watching or cultural engagement in San Jose. Instead, it’s a nice place to temporarily catch your breath after visiting the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum or National Theater of Costa Rica surrounding the plaza. While many walking or museum tours may pass by the plaza, feel free to include it only on your itinerary as a waypoint between other, more culturally significant attractions.

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Things to know before you go

  • During the afternoon and evening, many vendors sell street food or snacks.

  • It’s a safer part of the city thanks to police presence and late-night fast food restaurants.

  • The popular shopping mall, Soda La Florida, is directly across the street.

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How to get there

Plaza de la Cultura is between Avenida Central and Calle 5 in downtown San Jose. If you’re driving, Highway 2 runs directly through the city with a stretch along the Plaza de la Cultura. Multiple bus routes serve nearby stops, and this gathering spot is easily accessible on two feet if you’re visiting attractions like the National Museum of Costa Rica.

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When to get there

There’s not much going on at the Plaza de la Cultura compared to more popular squares like the Parque Central de San Jose. Unless there’s an event at the National Theater, visit during the daylight hours as many businesses surrounding the plaza close in the evening. Pair your stop with a trip to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then continue on San Jose’s other notable city attractions.

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A visit worth its weight in gold

From a practical standpoint, you’ll visit the Plaza de la Cultura mainly to see the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Part of the Museums of the Central Bank of Costa Rica, the museum (open daily) showcases pre-Columbian gold and other artifacts representing the area's indigenous cultures. Small group tours and self-guided audio tours are available for this budget-friendly museum.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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