A square popular for hanging out, but also full of terrific tourist attractions
In many ways the epicentre of downtown
At the confluence of Calles 3 and 5 and Avenidas 1 and 2, one of the most central and popular plazas in all San José is a meeting point and hangout for locals, while for visitors it's also the site of a good chunk of the capital's must-sees. Underneath are the fascinating Museum of Precolumbian Gold and the Numismatic Museum, while surrounding it is the national tourist office, the National Theatre, and the venerable Grand Hotel Costa Rica. It's of relatively recent vintage, too, built in 1973 and renovated in 1996-97, among other things adding colour more appropriate to a tropical country rather than the original cement gray.