A San José icon because of its National Monument and landmark buildings
Costa Rica's National Park
Another of downtown San José's most iconic spots because of its concentration of government buildings and monuments, it's a leafy bit of business located between Calles 15 and 19 and Avenidas 1 and 3, with various species of trees including rows of palms. Once considered a bit dicey crimewise, it's been cleaned up, improved, and is now popular with young lovers, families, pensioners, and friends who hang out and chat about life, love, and the universe. Landmarks include a dramatic Monumento Nacional depicting the Central American countries' victory over an invasion mounted by US adventurer William Walker; the National Library; the National Centre of Culture; and the Legislative Assembly.