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Best things to do in Central America

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Resort
“Experience the rain forest while experiencing breathtaking views of the crater and lagoon. Enjoy a great coffee or fresh strawberries on the way up to the national Park.”
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Scenic Lookout
“For nature lovers, Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the entire country. There are several secluded beaches, wildlife everywhere, and calm water to swim. The entrance fee is $16 for expats (without guide), and if you were interested in having a guide, we could recommend very knowledgeable ones so you don’t miss any of the wildlife! ”
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Beer Bar
“ The Casco Antiguo or Casco Viejo is the name given to the place where the city of Panama was moved in 1673. This city, traced reticular to the four cardinal points, was characterized by the axiality of its streets and popes, which earned it a classic model of an Indian city. It is located on a small peninsula, surrounded by a mantle of rocky reefs, within the current corregimiento of San Felipe. In 1997, the Old Town of Panama is included in the list of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.”
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Volcano
“It´s a must! You won´t like to miss the greatest views of the Majestic Arenal Volcano from the National Park! ”
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History Museum
“This museum houses the world’s largest collection of American jade (pronounced ‘ha-day’ in Spanish), with an ample exhibition space of five floors offering seven exhibits. There are nearly 7000 finely crafted, well-conserved pieces, from translucent jade carvings depicting fertility goddesses, shamans, frogs and snakes to incredible ceramics (some reflecting Maya influences), including a highly unusual ceramic head displaying a row of serrated teeth. The new museum cafe, Grano Verde, serves sandwiches, salads and smoothies.”
51local recommendations
Mountain
“for the volcano Arenal, the hanging bridges, the thermal bath/hot springs, ziplining.... Go EARLY in the morning, it will be a long day! Or spend a night there.”
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Park
“Another place to not only take in local customs of exercising, games and concerts (like the National Stadium), between 4 - 6pm you can see huge flogs of White-fronted Parrots resting coming to sleep in the trees along the southside avenue. ”
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Shopping Mall
“A great mall with almost anything you would want or expect. Excellent shops, varied food options, a cinema with VIP screens, a supermarket, all in air conditioned comfort. The mall doesn't open until 10am, but some of the cafes are open earlier than this.”
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Shoe Store
“The biggest Mall in San José. Beautiful place although its access is a little difficult by bus.”
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Restaurant
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“This is one of the major reasons travelers visit Panama to view one of the 7 wonders of the World.”
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Museum
“This 19th-century building contains a well-organized exhibit on Costa Rica's history and culture. It’s right by Museo del Jade. Opens: Tue to Sat 8:30 AM / 4:30 AM Sun 9:00 AM to 4:30 AM Mondays closed ”
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Park
“Wonderful sandy beaches and warm, clear ocean waters. The iconic Whales Tail is a must visit during low tide. Check the tides chart so you leave enough time to explore at your leisure. Sunrise or sunsets are stunning from the beach. As a general rule of thumb, the beaches are not crowded and provide a wonderful place to rest an relax.”
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Waterfall
“Incredible waterfalls and swimming. Hidden deep in the jungle. 40 minute hike or a guided horseback tour. our concierge will help arrange a visit”
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Restaurant
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“Ready for an awesome and memorable, day or Club night.. Margarita Ville it is! Try the best Margaritas made in Jamaica, learn the newest Jamaican dance moves and Lingos, also enjoy a 150 ft long slide, collect Jamaican rums and crafts?”
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Point of Interest
“Step inside the crown jewel of San Jose's performing arts world with an admission ticket to the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica Learn about the history of the lavish neoclassical building and its most celebrated performances on a 35-minute guided tour, including access to the ornate foyers, lobbies, and main auditorium. It’s a must-see for any performing arts aficionado while visiting the Costa Rican capital. Opens from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday Guided tours (in English and Spanish) are available every hour. Entry/Admission: $10 ”
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Bar
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“Feel like experiencing the local night life at the main road of Playas del Coco? This restaurant/bar is always full of tourists and locals who enjoy the crowds, pop and live music!”
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