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National Theater (Teatro Nacional) Tours

National Theater (Teatro Nacional)
Perhaps the most famous (and certainly most prized) public building in all of San Jose, the National Theater of Costa Rica (Teatro Nacional) in the city’s Catedral district, is home to the nation’s cultural community. Classical music, theater and dance performances take place several times a week. And while it’s always worth catching a show, the theater’s traditional Renaissance architecture, breathtaking ceilings and grand interiors make it a must-see stop even if you can’t get tickets for the symphony.

Free tours of the historic building, which was built in 1897, take place daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and the theater’s highly regarded café with picturesque San Jose views, is a perfect spot to grab lunch before exploring the rest of the city.

Practical Info

The theater is located on 2nd Avenue between 3rd and 5th Street in the capital city and is open to visitors Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Entry is $7. Visit the theater’s website for information on performances and an updated monthly schedule.
Address: National Theatre of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica
Hours: Mon - Sat 9am-4pm
Admission: Entrance: $7
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San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

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Explore the Costa Rican capital’s rich history, landmark buildings, and modern culture on a combo bus and walking tour of San Jose. Get a great introduction to city highlights like the National Theater and Art Museum, and stop to walk through bustling markets and public plazas to feel the pulse of this modern Central American metropolis. Get an extra boost of Costa Rican culture by listening to traditional folkloric music onboard the bus.
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San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Small Group Tour

San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Small Group Tour

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Discover San Jose’s hidden delights with this unique evening tour of the Costa Rican capital. Wander through a maze of vendor stalls and to learn about staples of local cooking at the Central Market, and see the opulent National Theater and other architectural highlights on a twilight walking tour. Drive to the ritzy Paseo de la Luz the east side of San Jose well known for its gastronomy. Finish the night with a 3-course meal and wine pairings at a gourmet Costa Rican restaurant.
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Lonely Planet Experiences: San Jose Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit

Lonely Planet Experiences: San Jose Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit

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Knowing the best of San José

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San Jose Costa Rica City Tour. Private Tour with Lunch

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San Jose Beer Tasting Tour

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Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup

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Experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of San Jose on an evening bus tour. Starting from your hotel, a comfortable double-decker bus with onboard WiFi serves as your transportation for the evening. See over 25 of the city’s landmarks and stop for a bilingual guided tour at key locations, including the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Enjoy an included dinner of local cuisine, before drop-off at your hotel.
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VIP City Bus Tour From San Jose

VIP City Bus Tour From San Jose

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Kickstart your time in San Jose on a panoramic bus tour that’s designed to provide an introduction to first-time visitors. As well as enjoying unobstructed views of San Jose’s historical centre from the top deck of the bus, you’ll be party to facts and anecdotes that you’re unlikely to find in the guidebook. Plus, exploring by bus allows you to cover more sights in less time, making this tour ideal for time-pressed travelers.
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Full-Day Tortuga Island Cruise from San Jose

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10D-9N Green Costa Rica

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Spanish lessons

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San Jose Small Group Walking Tour by Carpe Chepe

San Jose Small Group Walking Tour by Carpe Chepe

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Discover historical monuments and the latest San Jose hangout spots during this small-group walking tour in the capital of Costa Rica. Your local guide shows you important landmarks and shares the inside scoop on the city’s best cafes, eateries, and shops. Meet downtown at The National Theater, or upgrade for hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Explore the Central Market's History and Food with a Local Expert by Carpe Chepe

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Visit the Central Market in San Jose on this guided tour and learn about its 136-year history. There, sample regional staples like tropical seasonal fruit, tortillas, ice cream, Costa Rican coffee, and other local specialities. Plus, find out how and why San Jose became the capital city of Costa Rica.
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Private Shuttle from Manuel Antonio National Park to SJO Airport

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are National Theater (Teatro Nacional) hours of operation?
A:
National Theater (Teatro Nacional) hours of operation: Mon - Sat 9am-4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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