Place attachment is the symbolic relationship formed by people giving culturally shared emotional/affective meanings to a particular space or piece of land that provides the basis for individual's and group's understanding of and relation to the environment. This paper applies this definition of place attachment in order to identify a range of processes of place attachment in cultural terms, and to present ethnographic examples of each type. It is argued that while there are often strong individualistic feelings that may be unique to specific people, these feelings are embedded in an experience, and include cultural beliefs and practices, power relationships, and symbolic identifications that link people to place. A cultural definition of place attachment implies that for most people there is a transformation of the experience of a space or piece of land into a culturally meaningful and shared symbol, that is, place. The symbol (place) then evokes the transformed experience and reminds us of it cultural meanings and social implications. But for many places the relationship of space or land and the group is not necessarily through the transformation of experience. Place attachment can occur with mythical places that a person never experiences, or can refer to land ownership and citizenship that symbolically encode sociopolitical and material as well as experiential meanings. The most important aspect of the definition, therefore, is that there is a symbolic relationship between the individual/group and the place, that may in fact evoke a culturally valued experience, but may just as well derive meaning from other sociopolitical, economic, historical and cultural sources. This discussion focuses first on a cultural definition of place attachment, examines the implications of this definition in terms of the cultural processes that might be involved, and explores the interrelationships of those processes in parpue central of San Jose, Costa Rica. The paper concludes by arguing that place attachment is socially constructed through the passions, actions, stories, myths, conservations and exchanges of people's experience in the environment.