La Sabana Metropolitan Park San Jose, Costa Rica

By Tim Kroeger November 7, 2013 Costa Rica

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La Sabana Metropolitan Park San Jose – Costa Rica’s biggest and most important urban park. It is a nice place to meet up with friends, to do sport, go for a walk, rent a paddle boat or to visit the national stadium or the art museum.

The La Sabana Metropolitan Park in San Jose (Spanish: Parque Metropolitano La Sabana) is the biggest and most important urban park of Costa Rica. The park has a size of 720.000 m² and is neighboring the core districts of San Jose. Costa Ricans also call him  “the lungs of San José”.

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La Sabana was officially inaugurated in 1977. However already in 1783 Manuel Antonio Chapuí, San José’s parish priest, donated several plots to create a park for recreational and sports activities. For more than 150 years the vergetation developed untill the government of Costa Rica decided to built the first international airport in this area. The La Sabana Airport was operated for 44 years till the current airport Juan Santamaría International Airport was opened. With the goal to turn La Sabana  into San José’s lungs trees and grass were planted.

Things to do in La Sabana Metropolitan Park

1. Do some Sport on one of the sport fields

In La Sabana there are many sports fields and people meet to play for example football, soccer or basketball. It is a really nice atmosphere, a calm place and a good variation to the city.

La Sabana Metropolitan Park

2. Go for a walk

The park is predestinated for long walks and even has a lake. You do not need to drive far to find a place with lots of nature – La Sabana, central in San Jose is a good alternative when you do not have that much time.

La Sabana Metropolitan Park

3. There is a really nice jogging track

When you like jogging La Sabana is the place to go when you are in San Jose. There even is a signposted jogging track and afterwards you can sit down on one of the green meadows and relax before going back to the city.

La Sabana Metropolitan Park

4. You can go inline skating or play inline hockey

In La Sabana there is even an inline skating park and a field to play hockey. It is surrounded by a running track. The park is really a paradise for everyone who wants to do outdoor sport in San Jose.

La Sabana Metropolitan Park

5. Rent a pedal boat

Another nice activity is to rent a boat at the lake.


6. Get some snacks

Within the park there are several small stands where you can buy small snacks, local food, fruits or something to drink.


7. In La Sabana are also many activities and places for children

La Sabana is a pretty family friendly place with numerous activities and events for children. There are several play grounds and nice places to do for example a picnic.

La Sabana Metropolitan Park

8. Visit the art museum

One of the most prominent buildings in La Sabana, beside the stadium, is the art museum (Museo de Arte Costaricense). The tower is actually the old airport tower.

La Sabana Metropolitan Park

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