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Arriving in Costa Rica after being in Panama for quite some time, I was slightly disappointed. Costa Rica is much more expensive than Panama in almost every way. The only thing cheaper in Costa Rica was monthly rentals in the capital, San Jose. Truly, I didn’t really see any benefit in being in Costa Rica over Panama. Still, I spent around 5 weeks in Costa Rica with a majority of them being in San Pedro, the university town suburb of San Jose. San Pedro is a five to ten-minute taxi ride to almost anywhere in San Jose. I skipped a majority of the tourist areas after a disappointing time in Puerto Viejo.
I did hear some great things about Tamarindo, which is a beach town on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica with good surf and nightlife, but I didn’t check it out. I believe I traveled through Costa Rica the wrong. Costa Rica is great for nature, good for beaches, and can be a lot of fun - but it isn’t good for a budget traveler looking to bang a number of hot chicks. That being said – you can still do well for yourself in Costa Rica and have a great time.
What are Costa Rican Girls Like?
Costa Rica girls (also known as Costa Rica Ticas can be very attractive, but I don’t think girls in Costa Rica can compare to Colombianas,
Costa Rican women generally have a lighter complexion than many other Latin countries. The
The problem with Costa Rica women is two-fold. First, they don’t have the best attitudes. The country has been ambushed with gringos for the past thirty years. I’d surmise the first fifteen years of the ambush were amazing for traveling men visiting Costa Rica. Nowadays – the country is absolutely played out. Ticas don’t see the gringo as a valuable commodity, but more of a nuisance.
This isn’t to say you can’t sleep with sexy women here. Yet, there is another factor working against you. Costa Rican women are just not that slutty. The women in Costa Rica generally prefer boyfriends. I’ve never been to a place
Where to Find Tica Girls?
The good news is you can find girls in Costa Rica in every way. I found night game to work the best, but night game and day game works fine too. As the nightlife is western and liberal, I believe most men will prefer the nightlife here to other forms of
The Best City for Dating Costa Rican Girls
The capital of Costa Rica is San Jose (San Pedro) and is certainly the best city for dating Costa Rican women if that's what you're looking for. While I wasn't a huge fan, I have met some men who loved the country.
Positives of San Jose
Safe: San Pedro seemed to be a pretty safe spot to me. I stumbled around drunk numerous times late at night, sometimes alone and sometimes with a girl. I never had any issues. However, I heard
Cheap Rent: Rent can be found extremely cheaply in San Pedro and San Jose. $400 - 500 is what you can expect to pay for a studio or one-bedroom in a safe area that’s near nightlife.
Negatives of San Jose
Ugly Place: San Jose and San Pedro are both ugly places in my opinion. You can see some mountains on the skyline, but the architecture is not impressive. You’ll get a bit down during
Americanized: Costa Rica, on a whole, is way too Americanized. You’ll find American fast food chains everywhere. The people are almost tired of gringos. This threw the vibe off quite a bit in my experiences. You may be better off in Costa Rica with a look that could be misconstrued for a local.
Where To Stay
I would not recommend staying in downtown San Jose. The place is not that impressive and a bit gritty. If you choose to stay downtown, I recommend staying somewhere near Club Vertigo and Rapsodia Lounge. You’ll be in walking distance to the best nightlife in downtown San Jose. Plus, you’ll be a $5 - 7 taxi from San Pedro. There are a number of restaurants near this area as well. You can grab hotels for $35 - 45 a night in the center on Booking.com.
There are a few other suburbs near San Jose that may be worth checking out – one being Heredia. I didn’t check the area out much, but I’ve heard good things. If I ever go to the area again, I’d make sure to check this area out first before I booked anything long-term. I recommend you do the same.
If you are staying in San Pedro, I would skip hotels and hostels and try to grab an apartment. Being a university town, the rent is
Costa Rica Ticas: Day Game
Costa Rica girls made me give day game a try - for real. I did a majority of my approaching walking near the main university in San Pedro, University of Costa Rica (UCR). I also did a couple of approaches at Mall San Pedro. The area near
If you’re in downtown San Jose, you’ll want to go into a number of shops and stores as you walk around to find some Costa Rica Ticas. The girls working the counters are pretty open to chatting, as they don’t get many customers. Often, these girls are cute as hell, smiling and bored. I started to walk into every pharmacy I saw downtown just to see if I could flirt a bit. You can open in English or Spanish. I’ve found Ticas will let you know if they speak English or not quite quickly. I’d start in English unless you’re conversational in Spanish.
Costa Rica Ticas: Night Game
I found the nightlife in San Pedro and San Jose to be pretty good, but it still did not make up for how much I disliked Costa Rica on the whole. The one way the Americanization of Costa Rica benefitted me was that the nightlife was all about mingling. Panama City had good nightlife, but it was often difficult to find a venue that was great for picking up chicks. In San Jose and San Pedro, I found numerous venues I could meet
Hoxton: On Tuesdays, I went to Hoxton in San Pedro. It might be my favorite club in the world on a Tuesday. They play hip-hop mixed with some Latin Music on this night every week. I went every Tuesday I was in San Pedro and pulled 3 one-night stands. I was only in San Pedro for, I believe, 5 Tuesdays. That’s pretty good numbers.
The place is filled with Ticas who love gringos and American exchange students/teachers who are not into Tico guys. It’s pretty simple to find a hook up here; just run a standard Western game and you can score. I’ve never been to a club or bar
La Concha De La Lora: On
Club Vertigo, Rapsodia, Fuzzy’s: On a Friday and a Saturday, I found the best bet was to grab a taxi and head to downtown San Jose. There is a block downtown with 3 clubs right next to each other. They
Club Vertigo is electronic music and a huge facility. However, if you don’t go on the correct night then the place will be dead. Add them on Facebook and talk to locals to find out when Club Vertigo will be good.
Other Thoughts On Nightlife
I always went out on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. However, you can find something going on almost every night in San Jose or San Pedro. Sunday nights are said to be good at La Concha De La Lora again. Mondays in the La California area are known to be a good for a party as well.
Surprisingly, most of the Costa Rican girls I got with were from my night game. However, I did manage to hook up with a fair amount of girls using online dating during my month in San Pedro/San Jose. I used these sites in Costa Rica:
- Plenty of Fish
- OkCupid - which I review here
- Latin American Cupid - check out my review here
Bring your “A” game if you want to meet cute chicks using online dating in Costa Rica. The girls have met a number of gringos before and you will not be anything special, especially if your Spanish is average. I recommend opening girls in Spanish if she doesn’t have any English in her profile. If she has English in her profile text, you can use whatever opener you normally would back in the Western World.
Lastly, I’d avoid trying to get girls over to your place straight from an online dating site. Ticas are generally not easy girls. You’ll need to take her out for drinks before she’ll come over. I say this because I lost a number of girls due to pushing to meet at my place in San Pedro. These girls appreciate the boyfriend type of vibe a bit more than most.
San Jose/San Pedro Overall
I did not enjoy San Pedro or Costa Rica as much as I had anticipated. While I had no comparisons to make after my time in Panama, I do now. I much prefer Panama City to San Jose or San Pedro. Still, you can find great Costa Rican girls in the city and there is no excuse not to.
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