A pride and joy of locals, at the western end of downtown

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La Sabana Metropolitan Park

San José's main green space

Out on the western edge of central San José, at the end of Paseo Colón thoroughfare, this 72-hectare (178-acre) green space is the capital's most important park. La Sabana is also home to several significant local institutions, such as the National Stadium and the Museum of Costa Rican Art. The natural spaces, of course, take precedence, with a wealth of trees including pines, cypresses, and eucalyptus, as well as a pretty lake. Josefinos love this park - to the tune of some 40,000 per week - because it allows them to take a break from the concrete jungle to either enjoy strolling, picknicking, or practicing sports.

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