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Address: Second Ave. and Fifth St., San Jose, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2010 1111
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Since 1897, this elegant theater has been a source of pride.

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San Jose City Tour
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US$66.25*
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Discover Costa Rica's Capital City and Museums
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Private San Jose City Tour with Lunch

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Beautiful building, nice cafe

Had a quick snack in the cafe for lunch, where the quiche (both vegetarian and meat options) were good value, but had soggy bottoms! The building is beautiful, a pearl in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a quick snack in the cafe for lunch, where the quiche (both vegetarian and meat options) were good value, but had soggy bottoms! The building is beautiful, a pearl in the desert. In the evening we went to a charming performance of the ballet Alice in Wonderland - seats in the lunete (stalls) rather pricey at $25 - and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This classical building with its own history in clearly one of the top spots on the tourist path. If you can't get tickets for a concert, have a coffee at the theaters cafe!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unless you're actually coming here to see a performance, you're limited to just seeing the outside, the main entrance and the lobby during non-theatre times. There's also a small cafe that's open for lunch. It's definitely worth seeing, but there's not a lot to see!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Only took an hour, our guide was knowledgeable and seemed to care immensely about the history and preservation of this magnificent theater!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The guided tour of the National Theatre, the only classical building in San José, is well worth your time. There are a lot of stories behind this building and its architecture that are not obvious when visiting on your own. Of the attractions we visited in the city of San José, the theatre definitely was the most interesting!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The coffee rooms at the Teatro Nacional are a delight with a great selection of delicious fresh grounds from which to choose. Great cake / dessert trolley, too!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

wonderful building take the tour for sure great information and given in English every hour. And the plaza area is full of people and fun too

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The National Theater is a must visit! It has great architecture and history. We visited this Theater as part of the City Tour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tour was $10 a person for a 45-50 minute tour. The guide gave the history of the theater and then once the tour is over you are free to roam around and take pictures. A beautiful piece of Costa Rican history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great example of a Victorian opera House, the Tourist ticket allows you to a grand saloon, the auditorium and grand staircase. The guide leaflet is included in the ticket price and is in Spanish and English. Well worth a visit.

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