We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Central Park (Parque Central)

Open today: 06:00 - 01:00
Book In Advance
All photos (116)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent13%
  • Very good28%
  • Average45%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
A simple square with a gazebo donated by former Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza.
Open Now
Hours Today: 06:00 - 01:00
See all hours
Calle Central at Avenida 2 | Barrio La Catedral, San Jose, Costa Rica
Ways to Experience Central Park (Parque Central)
from US$80.00
More Info
from US$72.50
More Info
Reviews (286)
Filter reviews
116 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews green space beautiful park heart of san jose costa rica buskers statues parks life fountain thousands activity culture
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 116 reviews
Reviewed 5 July 2018

It is not really a park, as it is tiny, super crowded, has few trees. It is more like an area with no buildings than a park. Also there is some renovation going on. Nothing to see here.

Thank JuliaReitor
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Seemed like a lot of people hang out here as it's in the center of the city. It was fun to hang out and people watch. As I walked for most of my visit I passed through multiple times. Each was interesting based on the...More

Thank Larry W
Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Like all other main plazas in the capitals of rest middle and South American countries-mixture of all kinds of different style of buildings, busy and religious.

Thank steelriver2014
Reviewed 27 March 2018

The park is next to the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Jose and is quite different from most other parks I have visited. It has a variety of different styles of public art / statues and when I was there was very busy. It is not...More

Thank DavidMay1945
Reviewed 18 March 2018

Central Park is located at the old commercial part of the city and is located a few steps from the National Theater. It is a center of town where a lot of people congregated and not much of "park" to see. If you are in...More

Thank Prawet J
Reviewed 7 March 2018

This Park is located in the heart of the city center and it is next to the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Jose and across the The Popular Theater of Melico Salazar.

Thank kiltmaker2
Reviewed 22 February 2018

Just across from the Cathedral Metropolitan, the Parque Central is full of life. This is a place where folks take a few minutes to sit; to contemplate; to rest. There were buskers nearby, a preacher shouting his religious beliefs to whoever might listen, children chasing...More

Thank redeco
Reviewed 13 February 2018

Central Park has little green space - it is surrounded by shops and stores and the Teatro on one side. It is a busy park - and very noisy with hundreds if not thousands of parrots who apparently like to shred palm trees. We watched...More

1  Thank CanadianBoys
Reviewed 4 February 2018

We noticed after 15 days of traveling through portions of Costa Rica that it seemed common for a park to be right in front of a major church or cathedral. There was always a center "stage" surrounded by similar columns as well. The park is...More

Thank mas1958
Reviewed 26 January 2018

Why the place is called a park, I have no idea. In reality it is a small square with several trees and a concrete (or similar) monstrosity, a kiosk? And the ugliest graffitti adorning everything and everywhere. Not a place to make a detour, but...More

Thank acorna
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 78 nearby hotels
Hotel Mellow Yellow
1 review
.15 miles away
Hotel Le Bergerac Boutique
441 reviews
.21 miles away
Boutique Hotel Casa Orquideas
197 reviews
.21 miles away
Apartotel Tairona
36 reviews
.35 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 842 nearby restaurants
270 reviews
.15 miles away
Pandeli Panaderia & Delicatessen
50 reviews
.15 miles away
Sofia Restaurante Mediterraneo Arte & Cultura
200 reviews
.15 miles away
Craic Irish Pub
85 reviews
.16 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 313 nearby attractions
Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA
64 reviews
.42 miles away
Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo
295 reviews
.33 miles away
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
1,226 reviews
.42 miles away
Mercado Nacional de Artesanias
563 reviews
.49 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Central Park (Parque Central) staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines