Costa Rica Sex and Prostitution Guide

If you are a single male traveler, you most likely know about the dark side of Costa Rica.  People in the know, know.  There is a side of Costa Rica that is so dark that it’s claimed lives, created crime, and ruined relationships.  While prostitution is legal in Costa Rica, it’s an extremely riveting topic to many people.  Today I’ll share the truth about Costa Rica hookers and prostitutes, because any traveler to the country should be aware of what happens there, whether they are for or against it.

This article is constantly updated as the scene continues to evolve.  Please follow all local laws if you are looking for sex in Costa Rica and always use protection. 

Costa Rica Escorts and Sex in Costa Rica

I studied in Costa Rica in the year 2000, and had a very brief run-in with this industry, but only during my one weekend of free travel from my home base, near Liberia, Costa Rica.  Along with some friends, we chose to stay in a hotel – one that would later become infamous – called the Hotel Del Rey.

Costa Rica bartenders pic
Some men prefer the allure of the bartenders in establishments that feature prostitution. What do you prefer?

“Cold beer, casino gaming, sportsbook, and Air Conditioning,” read the advertisement in the Frommer’s book.  Having been studying in Guanacaste for a solid two months, we felt that we all deserved some of the amenities we weren’t afforded in the scorching hot Guanacaste climate.  That said, four of us split a two bedroom room for the weekend not knowing what we had just gotten ourselves into.

“Make sure to come to the lobby at night,” said the man behind reception, who ended up being Greg Ruzicka, an owner of the hotel at the time.  “There will be 100’s of women who want you,” he continued.  “Ladies of the night,” if you will.

Being barely 21, and wet to the prostitution scene in Costa Rica, we had no idea that the pay for play model was so in your face.

(By the way, you will need a passport when you go to Costa Rica.  Seems obvious, but many ask.)

Needless to say, that night was an eye opening night.  Admittedly, all of us college students, two months fresh off the boat from Minnesota, were terrified to even make eye contact with the women.  When you do, the lock in on you and you become their mission.  Scared, we sat at the bar, watched American sports, and drank cold beer.  The scenery and people watching was amazing, and something that would never be forgotten.

Fast forward many years, and business took me to Costa Rica in the 2000’s.  My life and work was down there.  A lot of entertaining went on at the Del Rey and other nearby establishments.  I was a local.  I was friends with all the bartenders, security, and of course, the local street vendors.  When you are a local, it’s one thing, but to be a foreign local, that’s another.  They welcome you, and you will never go forgotten.  Even if you keep to yourself, people take notice.

Usually I was flanked by 2-3 or more friends as well as personal security, so I wasn’t hard to find in the San Jose area.  While I don’t visit as much as I’d like to, and the scene has really changed, today I present to you my recollection of 24 years traveling to and living in Costa Rica.

It’s important to know that my musings are mostly about the San Jose Escort scene.  Since I lived outside of San Jose, this was my area of expertise.

I’ll say this, I’ve been around the world, and this place makes my list of the best places for single guys to get laid. If you can’t seal the deal here, well, I don’t know what to tell you.

Escorts in Costa Rica

While escorts do exist on websites in Costa Rica, that’s a more discreet route.  The majority of the prostitution is confined to certain venues, like hotels and what are known as pensiones.  These are the equivalent to a brothel, but many operate as a massage parlor and they operate under some very gray area laws and are often busted by the local officials.

There are pensiones that cater to tourists, but most of them cater to locals.  Some even have local pricing and very cheap beer.  These come and go as problems surface, so be very careful about which ones you go to.

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San Jose Costa Rica Prostitution

First off, this is 100% legal in Costa Rica.

(Disclaimer:  I’m not here promoting or condoning it – just presenting facts for travelers.)

However, there are two things to remember. 

  1.  No minors.  No exceptions.  Don’t even think about it. You will be locked up immediately.  You do NOT want to end up in a Costa Rican prison.
  2.  Pimping is illegal.  Women are all independent in this trade.

Here’s a recent arrest that proves that the country does NOT mess around on either item.  – BUSTED.

Also, it’s not something most people try to celebrate, and there are many groups trying to get rid of the sex trade.  (Read –

The trade has unions, medical cards, and access to health care.  If you are a professional sex worker, the protocol is to be examined by a Doctor every 15 days.  You must carry a CCSS card for this.

Like Amsterdam, the sex scene is openly discussed in Costa Rica.  It’s something people know about, talk about, and have opinions on.  I’ve seen many famous people from the USA and other countries in places where prostitutes roam.  More than I could probably remember even.

As far as facilitating prostitution in Costa Rica, (pimping, trafficking, sex rings) it’s a very significant crime.  The view here is that nobody should be forcefully entering this trade, but if they want to, they can. 

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This is the best place to call home if you are a single male traveler in Costa Rica.

Another reason that will attract Costa Rican women to the sex trade is that they can make up to 125 times the average minimum wage in Costa Rica.  Let that sink in for a second, and you’ll see why women will go to great lengths to earn $100 while their friends work for only a few dollars per hour.  The quality of life can drastically be brought up in just a few hours per week, if they play their cards right.

You’ll also find that working women will have a grasp on the English language most of the time.  At least they know the sexual buzz words, that’s for sure.  It’s the perfect place to have a bachelor party if you are looking to get down and be off the grid.

Chica Friendly Hotels in San Jose

If you are looking to bring company back to your room, you MUST be aware that some hotels don’t allow it. Here’s a list of hotels that allow women to join you in your room.  They of course, will have to provide identification.

Hotel Name More Information
Sportsmens Lodge Book Here
Radisson San Jose Book Here

Playa Jaco Prostitution

As mentioned, the movement has made it’s way to this bustling beach town and San Jose is a shell of what the famous Gringo Gulch used to look like.  Destinations like the Horseshoe Casino and New York Bar have been closed for many years, and the Hotel Del Rey has gone through major changes.  You’ll find many Costa Rican hookers in the casino at the Cocal Hotel & Casino located in Playa Jaco.  Jaco has become the #1 destination for sex in Costa Rica now that the San Jose scene has drastically changed over the years and establishments like the Del Rey are no longer what they used to be.

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  • Vegas Style Casino - One of the Largest in CR
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There is no better place to be near the action, yet away from the chaos, and have everything imaginable at your fingertips. Bike rentals, fitness center, tours, and much more make this th best place to stay in Playa Jaco.

I recommend Playa Jaco if you are looking for the adult nightlife stuff.  If you are looking for a host, there is NOBODY better than Jaco VIP for the ultimate Costa rica bachelor party experience.  I’ve been in groups using their services and they are second to none.

Where to Find Sex in Costa Rica

Since I moved away in 2010, a lot of the scene has supposedly moved to Jaco Beach.  The Jaco prostitutes enjoy the nice beach life as well as growing tourism trend and mainly congregate at the Hotel Cocal & Casino.  While they do exist in other areas, Jaco, along with the declining San Jose sex scene, are the two predominant areas.

San Jose offers the “Gringo Gulch,” an area that is also called the “Zona roja.”  (Red light district.)  This is normally reference to the zone one block North of Mercado Central and it houses seedy bars, dingy night clubs and hourly motels.

Travel Tip:  In Costa Rica, a “night club” is somewhere females dance.  A “strip club” in the USA.

That isn’t to say you won’t find Costa Rican prostitutes in other areas of the country, but that’s just the belly of the beast.  The busiest working women are in Jaco and San Jose.

Where Will You Find Sex in Costa Rica?

Again, the action used to be at the iconic Hotel Del Rey, which boasted a 24 hour bar, casino, sometimes a sportsbook, a coffee station, and more sex workers than you could ever meet over a three day weekend.  Rooms are upstairs, and heavily guarded by security.  There is a fee to take women to your room, of course.  However, this establishment went through tough times during the pandemic and the action is now more at the Hotel Taormina, which is just a few blocks away.  Like the Del Rey, they feature a bustling bar and a Vegas style casino.

Del Rey Hotel Outside
The outside looks so simple, so innocent.

In San Jose, you’ll find sex starting at $20 for a low end, normally old, overweight, and very imperfect Dominican or Nicaraguan.  On the high end of the spectrum, you’ll find that a fresh off the boat Colombian with all the accessories will ask for $300.  You get all types of types in between, and of course, things will change based on their current need for cash, their desire to be with you physically, and of course, how their day is going so far.

Sure, you can find many options below $20 in Costa Rica, which is downright frightening.  These are mostly street hookers in San Jose, mostly known for their transgender traits and desire to rob you.  Many carry knives, and they are usually part of the old adage “good from far, far from good.”  Be very careful, because as locals say “they are on the street for a reason.”  This normally refers to the lack of ID card, having an issue at a place like the Del Rey or Taormina, or just being volatile and getting the old 86.  They could also be HIV positive.

Venues called “Pensiones” are basically brothers operating under the guise of massage parlors.  These are like the standard rub and tugs like you find operating illegally in the USA, although sex and more is available in these houses of ill repute.

Massage Parlors in San Jose Costa Rica

Again, these range from being blatantly advertised to very discreet.  Some of the lower tiered ones cater to locals, while others cater to sex tourism.  They often come and go, change names, and even locations, but if you ask around (start at the Sportsmen’s Lodge, there’s always people there willing to share stories and locations) you’ll get recent market conditions and updates on all establishments and perhaps recommendations on providers.  Yes, it does get that granular.

The ones that are usually rocking are the New Fantasy Massage and the Hotel Little Havana’s Zona Blue, but again these always come and go. It’s not my thing, and like I said, there are dozens, if not 100’s of other low end ones that line San Jose.  Just ask around as I’m out of the loop in this regard.

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One thing to keep in mind is that the women here want to meet foreign men.  American, Canadian, they don’t care.  They want to be treated to dinners, movies, and things that most local men just fail to deliver on because, well, they have a reputation as being players and not really being doting guys.  I’m sure some local men “do the most” but this is a widespread thought, and there is a HUGE reason Ticas like foreigners other than just the perceived wealth.

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What do Costa Rica Prostitutes Look Like?

On average, the typical Costa Rican woman is very attractive.  With their exotic look, tan and silky skin, what’s there not to like?  They are lighter than most Latinas, which many guys like.  What I

Woman posing
This is one of the better looking Costa Rica prostitutes you’d see. This photo was found on a website promoting The Cocal Hotel & Casino.

like best is their accents and the way they speak Spanish – it’s much more clear than neighboring countries.

There are, of course, many types of Costa Ricans.  You have an entire side (Limon, the East Coast) of people with Caribbean roots, so if you like darker women, they are represented down here too.  Don’t forget, there are women from many other Latin American countries, not just Ticas.  You will find all types working in this industry.

You’ll find that most Costa Rican’s enjoy the beach.  So, if you find that special someone and strike up a several day romance, keep that in mind, and think about taking a trip.  They will not say  no, especially since you are paying their way.

Where Do Prostitutes Hang Out in Costa Rica?

This article summed it up best as far as where do they hang out to find Johns.  The Taormina Hotel & Casino is now #1, and the Jaco Beach area, mostly the Cocal Hotel & Casino, are the main staples.  However, they do hang out at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Barrio Otoya, right nearby, as well as many lower end, dingy massage houses.  While the law is against these, (several people will argue against that but the number of raids, shutdowns, and arrests speak otherwise) you’ll find many unassuming operators in San Jose and beyond.  There have been reports of all sorts of conditions, prices, and activities, but again, I don’t mind hanging out in a well trafficked hotel and bar, but I typically stay far away from the other spots.

Also, keep in mind, these are regular people!  I’ve had many occasions where I’ve seen the women dancing the night away in Disco’s like Club Vertigo, Frankie Go’s, and Castro’s Bar.  I can’t even state if any or all of them are open as I write this in 2018, so I may be dating myself with that comment.  The fact of the matter is, they have lives too.  If you catch them with their guard down, strike up a conversation, you never know where it could go.

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228 thoughts on “Costa Rica Sex and Prostitution Guide”

  1. Until recently you could also look for our services in craigslist, but posting in CL is getting more difficult everyday. This is partially due to the measures against sex trafficking, which is good, but is affecting us. It is important to let you know that some of us are working independently, away from the streets, without intermediaries, providing safer and better services. And we are using the internet to promote ourselfs.

    • CL and Backpage were shut down by the authorities because of human trafficking. It’s for everyone’s safety and I entirely agree with why they did it.

      I normally don’t allow people to drop comments that blatantly promote a business or person’s interests, but when I looked at your site I figured I’d keep this open so you can advertise because clearly you need to get some hair waxed.

      Here’s to hoping you you find that special older gentlemen to help you get rid of the extra body hair.

  2. Just got back from Jaco Beach Costa Rico today 9/22/18. There are girls everywhere. You can take your pick. This is no place for a married man.😜

    • Great to hear that. It was like that in August as well, which is considered the very slowest part of the year in Costa Rica. Glad you enjoyed yourself!

  3. I think that forced prostitution sucks. Human trafficking is TERRIBLE and need to be fought with all the tools that justice has. We agree. And sure, craigslist and back page are doing what they can against it, which (as I said) is also good. My point is totally something else: some of us are not forced to be sex workers, some of us prefer to work independently. We find it safer, more profitable and we also consider that it is good and safe for our clients. We use our own limited resources, like websites and business cards, to promote our services and it is not easy, of course. Making it difficult to advertise in places like craigslist has a collateral effect: makes some girls more vulnerable to intermediaries that has (for sure) more resources and possibilities to reach clients. And that should also be considered. That´s pretty much what I meant with my comment. I think I was respectful. Now, about your personal opinions: don´t worry, I didn´t get mad. They are rude but it only reflects the way you think and that´s ok. I consider myself beautiful, very sexy and smart, and my clients do too.

    • LMC:
      I am a semi-retired Website designer/developer from the US. I agree that Human Trafficking is egregious. I am wondering why, since prostitution in CR is legal, hasn’t anyone run a website where the women can post their own pictures, vital statistics, specialties, contact info, and even daily schedules?

      This would stop the need for sites like backpage & craigslist that were dangerous for working women and bring the industry into the safe light. I would do it for free- design & host with the hopes it would encourage local businesses to advertise on the site.This could be a win/win situation. Let me know- maybe a partnership since you are the expert and know the territory? Norman

  4. Obviously you guys are straight, so I apologize in advance for the question, but I’m wondering if you might have noticed any gay prostitutes around anywhere?

    • Yes, that’s very abundant as well. There are many gay / lesbian clubs in San Jose. Gay friends of mine have referenced Pucho’s in the past.

      Also, the streets of Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, are littered with transgenders. Be careful though, as many are there to rob unsuspecting tourists.

  5. I am heading to Costa Rica on a guys trip in March for roughly 4 days. Would you suggest San Jose or Jaco? Any information would be helpful.

    • Jaco, all day long. San Jose perhaps for one night if you want to check out the Del Rey, Tango India, and if you want to relax and laugh a bit, the Sportsmens Lodge. But just one day you can crush all of those. Jaco is way more exciting these days. If you have any direction questions just post them in a subsequent comment and I’ll get to them.

    • If you want to be right in the belly of the beast, yes. Otherwise, there are many hotels in San Jose, such as the Mona Lisa, the Sportsmens Lodge, the Dunn Inn, just to name a few.

    • I’ve never heard of it being “a thing” in Costa Rica, to be honest. If it’s legal for females, I don’t think the law would exclude males from this, but I’m not a lawyer. There is a gay scene in Costa Rica, I had gay friends from living there for a while. There are clubs like La Avispa and Pucho’s Bar that you may want to head to in order to get more answers.

  6. Heading to Costa Rica in July with about 20 guys. Thinking about renting out a mansion on or around Jaco Beach. Looking for someone to possibly help facilitate tours, excursions, party favors and women. Any suggestions?

    • It depends what types of tours you are looking for, can you expand on that?

      As far as the rest, you can find that on ANY street corner in Jaco. Don’t overthink it.

    • Johnathan Fernandez can be found on face book that does custom tours. What ever you like. I have used him and he is great

    • I’ve never heard of such a thing. Pimping is illegal in Costa Rica. Avoid. You don’t need any help, just visit the locations referenced in the article.

    • There are MANY. New Fantasy and Zona Blue being the most popular with tourists. The locals go to the Zona Roja district which has VIPS, Molina Rojo, and many, many others.

  7. I have heard of a place called Monicas is it still there ? I was at Sportmens Lodge in Feb and it was a very pleasant stay. The girls are very nice,pretty and easy to talk to although their english is limited..

    • I’ve heard the name just from living there for so long, but I don’t go to the massage places and wouldn’t know if it’s open still. If you stay at Sportsmen’s Lodge and strike up a conversation with the men there that partake in that stuff you’ll definitely be able to get to the bottom of it very quickly. I agree, Sportsmen’s is a great place to hang out, especially for sporting events. The owner, Bill, is a great guy.

  8. Headed to CR in a month and staying in the Jaco Beach area. Few questions…
    1) Do the women looking for men hang out at the beach during the day?
    2) Is still the best recommend site?
    3) what are the usual rates for a good looking girl and is that per hour or for how long usually?
    4) And do the girls have limits on what they will do/allow? (What about anal)?

    • You can find women everywhere in Costa Rica. Amigos is a great starting point. Highly recommend. As noted several times in this thread, prices and services will vary.

  9. Questions:

    1) For good looking girls what’s the cost (ballpark)?
    2) Will they do anal?
    3) what’s a good stripclub in the Jaco Beach area?
    4) are prices and Payment in US Dollars?

    • Tom, your mileage will vary. I’ve heard as low as $25 and as high as $300. Jaco I can’t recommend a single strip club. Avoid.

      I’m sure you can find women that will do anything (for colones or dollars) but I can’t speak for them.

  10. Hello, me and my gf are going to CR, how ssfe is it? We have to have some fun with some hot girls, what percentage of hotels would you say let you bring guest(prostitutes)? And again how safe is the country?

    • Very safe provided you use common sense. Don’t be flashy, there is no need to be in Costa Rica. As far as hotels allowing working women in, most of the dingy ones will, but the more upscale you go, expect to pay a guest fee. I’ve had clients in town pay as high as $80 for the fee.

  11. im looking for FEMALE massuse on my wife in my hotel with happy ending 🙂 let her experince first time with woman. Is craiglist safe? I have been looking and they all leave their numbers and will come to hotel?? Also do you have any numbers or emails of girls you trust that i can contact to set up massage for my wife with another female? Thank you

    • Hey Aron, I personally do not use Craigslist for anything – PERIOD. That goes for the US and Costa Rica. I’d side with caution, you are in a third world country. As far as massages, you can find a lot of those by looking in Craigslist, but I don’t know any other place I’d recommend looking.

  12. I’ve heard proper brothels are amazing safe and low coast with better euro or asian women, I ve been to Jaco it was fun, mostly Cocal hotel, planning to visit again was thinking about del rey but your article suggest otherwise.

    • It’s definitely worth a stop by, due to the nostalgia. If you happen to be in San Jose, that is. Don’t make a special trip to go just there.

  13. Hello, i am a young european man heading to Costa Rica for work in a short time, but i will take a few days of relaxing before heading to my work place and i already booked 2 days at the Sportsmens, to be clear, i go there for the ladies and because i only heard good things about that hotel.
    But lets face it i am, well… not very good at approaching women, not that i am shy… Well ok i am terrible x) any advises on how to approach them as you said we have to do the first step ? I am a village boy and well i have some classy clothing if appearances is that important but i am not used to city parties and stuff like a city boy is

    Thank you 🙂

  14. Hi. Do you have any recommendations on where to pick up girls in Culebra? Will be staying at Planet Hollywood resort. Thanks.

        • Haven’t spent considerable time out there, but there was a disco near the four way stop where you can head north, or head to the beaches. I can’t recall it’s name. That disco had some working women according to my local friends, and of course, if that one isn’t around, just ask a local what the new disco is, because they will be there, I’d bet on it.

    • Yeah, I have never heard of anyone being rejected for having chicas come back. Sometimes hotels will add a fee and make a big scene of it though, speaking from friend’s experiences.

  15. Do you have any recommendations for hotels to stay at and bars/clubs to check out in Jaco. Heading down there in 2 weeks by myself.

    • The bars and clubs are all on the main drag. There are only a dozen or so, so wherever you hear music is where to stop by. It changes nightly, but stuff like Le Loft, Man Cave, Amigos, are always popular. It’s a small town, if you walk it you will run into just about everything, and won’t miss anything.

      As far as hotels, it depends on budget. I’m a Los Suenos person, and rent from owners,, or just stay direct through the hotel. If you don’t mind the monger seen and all it comes with, and want to stay in the action, you can’t get any closet to it than staying right at the Cocal. (Not for me, though….too wild.)

  16. I’ll be spending a week in San Jose this June, in the La Sabana area. I’m interested in having a couple visits to my hotel, which i haven’t selected yet. Do you have a recommendation?

  17. Hi! I will be in SanJose between 12 may -17 may. And i want to be with good girls there. But i am Curious about can i meet with the girls in my hotel. I mean i do not book my hotel but should i consider the hotel for that ?

  18. Hi! I will be in SanJose between 12 may -17 may. And i want to be with good girls there. But i am Curious about can i meet with the girls in my hotel. I mean i do not book my hotel but should i consider the hotel for that ?
    1-City Express San José Costa Rica
    2-Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela
    3-Holiday Inn Express San José Airport Costa Rica
    4-Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center
    5-Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton
    6-Best Western Irazú Hotel & Studios
    7-Wyndham Garden San Jose Escazu
    8-Holiday Inn San Jose Escazu
    9-Hotel InterContinental
    10-Sheraton San Jose Hotel, Costa Rica

    • I only know with certainty on two of those hotels. The Intercontintental will allow you as well as the Sheraton. Both have guest fees. Check with them regarding that. I can’t comment on the others as I haven’t known anyone to stay there within 5 years or more.

  19. Hey Dan,
    I’m in Tamarindo.
    Sharkey’s is full of women at night but it looks pretty scary. Not sure how safe it is around there!?
    Do you have contact details for Isababe92
    Ideally a WhatsApp number?

  20. i want to stay in Jaco beach for a couple days to hook up with working girls, are any of the beach area hotels adults only?

    • I don’t think they have the adults-only label but the Cocal is NOT a place I’d ever bring a minor. Stay there.

    • Jaco is less than 90 minutes from San Jose, GIVEN a few things: rain, traffic, and time of season. You can make it quicker, but allow for 90. You can find a private transport from $120 – $150 and UBer is an option as well as bus.

  21. I stay in condos on the beach in Jaco alot – several of them only allow people that are on a guest list that you provide, so do your research.
    I find The Palms by Crocs casino is the best. Just check the girls in with security.

  22. Just got back from Jaco and San Jose, just before U.S. Memorial Day. Stay at the Sportsmen (owned by two American brothers; you will see Bill the owner onsite regularly) in San Jose and rent a Condo with friends at Vista Mar (part of the Cocal). San Jose women will ask for $100 US and Jaco Beach women will ask for $150 US. Both lodgings are probably the safest around, checking all girls in and the girls knowing that if they do you wrong, they will lose their privileges. Happy to answer any specific questions you have. Great thread here for educating travelers. Thanks guys!

    • Bill is a great guy, have known him for years! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your reports, Tom. Feel free to come back any time and chime in on things. We appreciate it!

    • I an planning to spend 4 nights in Costa Rica. Just for guy things would it be best to spend all 4 nights in San Jose or Jaco. Tom/Tim what would be better stay in San Jose for all 4 days or split between San Jose and Jaco? Where are better girls overall? For San Jose would you recommend staying at Del Mar or Sportsmen? Would Cocal Casino be best to stay for Joco to pick up girls and take them to room?

      • Hey Andy,

        This question is posed quite a bit. I’m a lover of San Jose, but I lived there for many years and know the ins, outs, etc. That said, I’d personally do one night in San Jose and the rest at Jaco. When in San Jose, it’s really up to you, whether you want to stay at the slower Sportsmen’s, which is a bit more welcoming and you can relax, or the always up-tempo Del Rey, where you’ll be pressured to partake in drinking, gambling, and women, 24-7. When in San Jose, make sure to visit Tango India VIP.

        Overall, there are probably better women in Cocal / Jaco. Cocal is where 90% of the action takes place but after it closes, the disco’s pick up and are a good place to meet those same women, and many more. If you are looking to have guests, Cocal is probably your best bet.

        • Thanks a lot Tim. Is Tango India VIP just a strip club or you can get action there as well. Can you take girls back to hotel from here?

          • Strip clubs in Latin America are called “Night Clubs.” That may sound weird but when talking to locals it helps a lot. There are many private suites up there so you can imagine what happens there. Yes, you can bring them back to your hotel, for a fee, of course, just like everything else in that industry.

  23. Hey Admin,

    Thanks for posting updates Appreciate it. How much it cost for an hour to spend with a girl or how much does it cost per day?? is it safe to take them to a hotel to spend an entire night??

    • Rakesh that all varies…..lots of answers here in this thread by people, I suggest you read through this thoroughly.

  24. Hello Tim,
    Would you recommend asking to see a CCSS card? And what do the locals workers call this ID in Spanish?

    • Locally the ID is called a “CEDULA.” If you are having questions about an age, YES. Don’t take any chances. Never.

      • Are there any apps available for escorts? I’m looking to meet some women on apps similar to Tinder. I’ll be in San Jose for a week and am looking for a plethora of women to spend my week with.

        • Yes, there are apps, but they aren’t “just for escorts.” However you will find them on the “adult themed” apps.

  25. Hi Guys, I’ll be coming to San Jose in August for a little hernia surgery but before I’ll have a few days mongering. My question is should change money or is it just as easy to pay USD? Most of ASIA USD is fine but in China the girls have trouble exchanging and want RMB. Just wondering.

    Thanks, Raul

  26. I’m a beach person what’s the best beaches the Caribbean of Pacific side I prefer upscale lodging and companionship. This will be my first trip to CR.

    • Hey Ron, I’m not personally familiar with the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. It’s literally the only part of CR I haven’t traveled to. Hopefully someone else here can weigh in and assist.

  27. Can you recommend a hotel to stay in Jaco? I’m a single man travelling alone. Maybe a simple place. not a hostel, not a resort, that has air conditioning…..maybe in the $100. a day area? I’m a photographer and may sample the ladies if I feel comfortable.

    • Hey Bill, honestly I don’t know what’s available in that range. As a tourist destination you won’t find a lot of budget options. I’d try Expedia or something like that.

  28. How is it driving in Costa Rica? With all the advice here I plan to visit within the next two weeks spend 1 day at Del Rey, 2 at Jaco and was checkign if parking and driving is safe in those areas?

    • Andy, it’s easy. It’s like Miami. People drive like crap but that’s all of Latin America. If you park anywhere, lock your doors and remove your valuables. I can’t stress that enough.

  29. I’m planning a trip to Costa Rica and I am single :). When you meet girls…how much do they normally charge and do you pay in $US or Costa Rica Colones?

  30. Hey Tim, thank you for taking the time to answer everyone’s questions. Quick question- if you could elaborate with some detail, how important it is to know Spanish– pikcing up women, or simply just having a fun time– while I understand it certainly helps, is it absolutely to know Spanish for a good time?

    • Hey Nathan, you don’t need to know Spanish. Most of the women anywhere remotely near a tourist item, from maids, to bartenders, to escorts, will all know enough English for you to be comfortable hanging out and getting by. Don’t let the fact that you lack Spanish be the deciding factor in visiting Costa Rica.

  31. Hey Tim,

    Visiting CR in a month and my flight actually arrives at San Jose at 9:30PM. So I plan to stay there for just that one night like you recommended. I then plan on going to Jaco.

    My questions are:
    Do you still recommenced Sportman for the one night I’m staying in San Jose? I want a cheap hotel but are the women there attractive or is that only hotel del Rey? Could I bring a woman from del rey to sportsman?

    Also, I see that you recommend Cocal in Jaco, is that the only hotel in Jaco that allows you to bring back workers?

    Finally, if I wanted to get an Airbnb, do you think That women would want to come back there?

    • Omeezy,

      The Del Rey has 10 x more women, so if there for one night, you’ll probably want to stay there, especially if you land so late. The sportsmens could be a ghost town by then. I’m not sure, it’s been a while for me.

      I’m not sure about bringing back women in Jaco, but I know the Cocal allows it, because I have been there with friends, and seen it happen, but personally I can’t speak for any hotel policies.

      AIRBNB, they won’t want you to do that I’m sure, but go ahead and ask the individual owner.

  32. Tim,
    Thanks for this thread …you’re the best!
    I’m staying in one of the mansions (Jacovip) later this month Aug. When asking for “CEDULA.” that will verify age does that also verify disease free?
    Also how much if i take a taxi from airport to Jaco? Thanks again Tim…keep this going…!

    • Hi Joshua,

      Good questions, I’m sure many people have had the same ones. A CEDULA will tell you a woman’s age, but nothing about diseases….

      Taxi’s should range from $120 – $150 one way from the airport. Always try to negotiate, it never hurts to ask.

  33. I am planning on visiting San Juan CR in early September. Considering staying at the Intercontinenlal. Is that one of the best hotels and are prostitutes available there? Do they visit the bar area etc?

    • Hey Jerry, I imagine you mean “San Jose?”

      The Intercontinental is nice, I’ve stayed there many times and it’s my first choice to stay at whenever I travel there. You won’t find working women there, however.

  34. Hey Tim,

    I have quite a bit of experience with Costa Rican sex tourism, which thus far has always been solo. While I’m happy to have made lasting connections with some lovely ladies, I’ve wondered about the possibility of connecting with fellow sex tourists from the US. Do you know of any relevant social meetup groups with scheduled tours and such? Thanks!

    • Hi Jorge,

      I’m not really into that whole thing, so I don’t know of any groups. Sorry….I’m sure if you join forums and FB groups though there are plenty of people out there looking for the same.

  35. I noticed some condos at the Vista Mar listed on VRBO and other rental sites for slightly cheaper. Would this be a good idea, or are some of these condos owned by people by the hotel and subject to different rules?

  36. I am a 73 year old widower and I would like to know if it is possible to find a regular Lady to spend time with and maybe become travel companions with the objective of maybe finding a wife?

  37. Hey Tim,

    I’ll be in San Jose next month for 3 days before I start my tour. I am 31 and will be by myself for those 3 days. I’m looking to have some fun. I originally booked the captains room at hotel little Havana. They messaged me saying that zone 2 is closing and offered me a standard room instead.

    My questions are
    1 should I still stay at HLH or get a nicer room at sportsman lodge? Which has a better bar/atmosphere and girls?
    2. Is it worth going to San Pedro and chatting up the college ticas or would me staying at sportsman lodge or HLH ruin it with a regular Tica?
    3. Where is the best place to exchange usd for col? Based on comments most lady’s prefer usd over col correct?
    4. What MP’s are the best atm? Still HLH, muses and new fantasy?

    Thanks for your time. Also any locals that can speak on this are much appreciated.

    • Hey Jesse,

      1) I’m personally biased towards Sportsmen’s, there’s just a lot more going on there besides women. Sports, American cuisine, and you can arrange tours, transportation, etc. It’s in a better area IMO, although they are very close to one another.

      2) 100%. Those have been my best experiences, meeting locals in the “non pro” areas. Worst case is if you strike out, you return “home” to SL and there’s options waiting for you.

      3) You don’t really need to worry about exchanging money, as the dollar and debit / credit cards are accepted, but the airport is decent enough. Casino’s typically are the worst, the best being at an actual bank but for ease, I opt for the airport.

      4) No idea, that’s not my cup of tea and it’s been years since I’ve really even paid attention to where people go, but assuming they are still open I’d say whatever New Fantasy changed it’s name to, (it’s between SL and HLH) as well as HLM. If a bartender named Iliana still works there, drop my name and you will get great service I assume. 🙂

      Enjoy, and safe travels.

  38. Tim, I’m coming to Jaco by myself in late October. The other guy had to cancel. What hotels you recommend for a solo guy? I want to be close to the action but not in the belly of the beast.
    On the beach if possible.
    Is there any problem bring multiple women to my room at the same time?

    • Hey Marco, multiple’s is no issue anywhere in Costa Rica. You may pay a fee for each one, so keep that in mind. Personally I recommend Los Suenos Marriott in Herradura, its’ about a 7-8 minute cab ride to Jaco and is a GORGEOUS. You’ll be away from it all in paradise, on the beach.

    • No, don’t know anything about that landscape, Jack. There’s plenty of websites out there but be very careful, organized crime can be behind it.

  39. Hi Tim, This article shares very good info. I am an Asian going San Jose for Business purpose. I have room booked at Sleep Inn, which is adjacent to Del Rey. I would like to talk to girls from Blue Marlin and take her to the room in Sleep Inn ($25-Guest Fee), however I am not sure, how should I start the discussion or negotiate. Should I directly ask her for the rate or is there any other options.
    Are they safe enough to take to the room and will they accept to take shower in my room before we start to have fun.
    Will I be able to get good girls on Friday afternoon between 4 and 5 pm in Blue Marlin.
    Also Regarding. TangoIndiaVIP, can we touch the girl anywhere during the lapdance or are there any restriction not on tops or back or inbetween the legs.
    Thanks for all your inputs and guidance.

  40. I will be going to Jaco next week and will be staying in an air bnb condo. Can I take women to my room?
    What are the best clubs ? Are the ladies friendly to African Americans ?

  41. I´ve read all the posts in this article (a very useful one, Tim) and I love the way you guys are trying to help each other to have a good time in Costa Rica. Maybe the perspective of a lady, that happens to be very familiar with this issue, is a valuable apportation for you guys.

    1. It is very easy to find escorts in Costa Rica: a lot of them from agencies but you will easily find them hanging out in bars and brothels. You can go from cheap to high end, from ticas to foreigners, from young and fresh to mature, from professionals to “the girl next door” innocent kind of girl, university students secretly dating tourists every now and then to help themselves to pay their studies (which is my case). You can choose according to your taste. The problem with the alternatives for craigslist is that there are almost no alternatives for us, the independent escorts, to advertise. And believe me, some of us prefer to work independently. We really try hard to appear in your radar but is not easy. Keep your eyes open!

    2. How to address the girl? One approach could be just getting to the bar/brothel and making eye contact, to pick one before they pick you… 😉 but another approach (the one that I am familiar with) is to make previous contact throug the internet and then make sure you build trust and customize the experience some time ahead. This will help you to avoid missunderstandings or weird moments. And I give you a tip: a girl who speaks decent english will avoid you from unexpected headaches and complications. You can have a fairly good experience with a costarican escort, yes, but you can also live a GREAT experience with the right pick. Up to you.

    3. There are very nice places to enjoy while living a sexy tropical getaway. If you are coming for medical or dental treatment San José will be the best one. But for holidays the coast will offer you a lot. All depends on your circunstances. Don´t underestimate San José: a discreet visit at your hotel room when you arrive to the country can be the perfect “welcome to Paradise”, or the best way to say “see you later, Costa Rica”, at the end of the trip.

    5. Always ask the hotel in wich you´ll stay if you can receive visitors. The big hotels usually don´t give any trouble but some of them, specially the small ones, they night not allow girls visiting you. And that could end up being a real BUMMER. Don´t be afraid of asking the girl for her real name in order to make your reservation for two people, if you want to plan ahead: nobody will give troubles to a couple checking in on different moments. If not, always go with the girl to the front desk so she can eigther check in or show her ID as a visitor: it is safer for both, you and the girl. Some places they don´t even ask. And very important: avoid minors. You can get in serious troubles if you engage with underaged people in Costa Rica. Use the services of legal aged “lolita” escorts, instead.

    Finally: be nice to us. Pay upfront and with low denomination dollar bills, treat us with respect, try to connect with us, you can even invite us to dinner. And very important: make us cum 😉 We´ll give you a great quality time in return. Believe me: we are really happy about your visit and we are willing to give the best of our sex to you guys.

    If you have any question and I know how to answer I will gladdly do. Tim is doing great answering so far, anyway.

    Welcome to Paradise!

    • Little Miss, thanks for the solid contribution “from the other side.” I usually don’t allow self-promotion but you provided so much value here that I’m happy to let you comment on this topic whenever you want. I appreciate the Kudos you gave me…..I lived there a while as you can see and had a lot of investors touring the country which led me to many interesting nights out on the town.

      It looks like you’ve had some good fans here, so good luck with all them. And like she said, gents, be nice!

    • Miss Caruzzel, I’ve learned recently that there is an online catalog of independent escorts that is available to search through. Are you aware of this and can share the details or know of anything like that?

  42. Hi, when you say $20 Low or $300 high or whatever the price is, is it for an hour or for the night, I’m definitely not going through all this trouble to have an hour that is even questionable on service quality. I’ll always be looking for a whole night , each time.
    Thanks ..

    • James, it’s for the hour in most cases but all negotiations are different and you’ll see prices and options all over the board. There isn’t a set price list, like at McDonald’s.

  43. I usually visit Jaco/Los Suenos, considering Qepos/Golfito for a visit. Are there lots of opportunities there similar to Jaco? If so which places to frequent?

    • Hi Ron, far from as abundant. I don’t know of any locations at this time as I haven’t been down there in many years, but hopefully a fellow reader can assist.

    • Go to Escazu & Santa Ana. That’s as high end as you’ll get in Costa Rica. Some realtors call it the “Beverly Hills” of Costa Rica. Lots of money, local and abroad. You’ll see the gold diggers hanging there.

  44. I have reached an age (early 50s) where I am not really into the party scene anymore. I would like to find a female companion for dinner and drinks, and maybe music or shows, and leisurely time together without having to watch the clock. Intimate time would hopefully be part of it, of course, but the other would be just as important–real companionship, and sort of an illusion of romance. So, two questions: 1) Is it realistic to look for something like this as a foreigner traveling in Costa Rica? 2) Can you all recommend how to find it?

    Great info here, BTW, especially from Tim and Little Miss. I have learned far more here than anywhere else I have looked. Thanks for all the comments.

    • Saigo, thanks for your comments. It’s good we provide some valuable Costa Rica travel tips to people of all walks!

      Your best source for that type of thing is or the Hotel Del Rey. You can absolutely meet women for all the things you mentioned.

  45. I have only one night in San Jose with a early flight out in the morning. I was initially thinking about staying at the Holiday Inn Aurola…and bringing a girl from the del rey bars. but now i’m more inclined to stay close to the airport. You think a girl from del rey will be willing to come all the way to a hotel near the airport? Any girl friendly hotels close to the airport that you know of? Also any general feedback on my situation would be greatly appreciated

    • Raj, there is literally nothing to do by the airport other than hang at the Fiesta Casino. (It may have a different name now.)

      Girls will come anywhere if the money is right. I’d personally stay at the Holiday Inn. It’s dated but in the action and only 25-30 from the airport.

  46. Hi Tim great service you are doing for us and also Little Miss Carruzel.

    Any ideas or is there a list of Hotels that are more “visitor friendly” to avoid awkward or overly judgmental frontdesk staff. The Courtyard in Belen is all kids of judgey AF.

    • Chris, thanks for your comments. I haven’t stayed anywhere in the last many years outside of the Intercontinental, the Sheraton, and Los Suenos. Every hotel down there seems to have the “Judgey” aspect down pat, other than the Del Rey, Cocal, and Sportsmens Lodge.

  47. HI Tim, thanks for the helpful information. I’m going to be in Grecia and Escazu in Feb, scouting for potential retirement areas. Are there working women opportunities in those areas or do I have to drive into San Jose?

    • Hi Eddie, it’s been a while since I’ve visited lovely Grecia, but I know it’s slim pickings and you sort of “have to know someone.” I have met many gorgeous women from Grecia, and in fact dated one for a while, but it’s not really a place you can expect working women. You’ll want to go to to San Jose or Jaco for that.

  48. Hi Tim and Little Miss, I’ll be staying at Casa Chameleon, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica. It looks like Jaco is 4 hours away. Please tell me they will have women available in the area that I’m staying or closer by? Do y’all know anything about that area? Any advice would help?

  49. Hi, I’m planning a solo trip to Costa Rica. I’m a guy just wanting to enjoy want the women are like in the Jaco Beach area. I have a few questions, how easy is it renting a car from the airport on arrival? If I was to get an Airbnb in the Jaco area, would the women mind coming back there? (The owner said it would be okay for guest to come). Or is best to say at a hotel?

    • Hey Redrum,

      Car rental – super easy. All major agencies are located in the SJO airport and shuttle you a few miles away to get the car upon arrival.

      No issues on the Airbnb as long as the owner approves. Zero.

  50. Staying at Dreams Las Mareas resort next month, is there any action that goes on at the resort or is it all in the areas you mentioned? Have been searching online with no luck as of yet.

    • Hi Ty,

      I’ve never been there personally, but being it’s in Guanacaste, it’ll be doubtful. It’s very rural in those parts and around secluded resorts, it’s all tourists.

  51. I went to Jaco back in April 2016. I got lucky and pick a great weekend. It seem like they were celebrating some holiday were everyone is off work and at the beach. There were so many girls! One of the greatest weeks of my life. I headed back again this April. Hoping i have as great a time as last time. Bringing some buddies this time.

  52. Greetings, my trip to CR is happening next week. As stated above by many others good hotels have a watchful eye so I am wondering what is situation with AirBnbs as an option and will doormen have any issues letting in a guest with me?

    Also, heard downtown is potentially dangerous are Ubers readily available day and night?


    • Hey VPlayer, it really depends where you stay. I know many people who use the AirBNB model and they don’t mind you bringing guests to the place. In fact, a lot are set up for the bachelor life already!

      Downtown San Jose can be VERY dangerous. Always stay in well lit areas and keep your valuables safe. Do not walk anywhere outside of say, Del Rey to the Colonial or Key Largo. Taxi or Uber everywhere, they are both very abundant.

  53. Flying into Liberia in two days while staying in hermosa beach area. Looking for a personal tour guide to show me what Costa Rica has to offer for both tourist locations and happening late night events. Any suggestions? Thxs

    • Hi AZSunrise, I wish I did know someone. Personally I’d head to the town of Tamarindo, and ask around there. It’s the most happening beach town on that side of the country.

  54. HI Sunrise. This comment will be different. I am a 74yo retired widower. I lost my wife 10 years ago after 42 wonderful years. I have an unusually strong libido. this can be both a blessing AND a cures. Iam not looking for a one might stand or an escort. I am looking for a long trem relationship with a Latina or a gringa that should lead to marriage. I have not been able to get to function for me. I would be happy to pay someone to help me meet suitable Ladies in Costa Rica in my search for a mate. Do you know anyone that might help?

  55. Hello!

    Great blog, lots of useful information!

    I’m considering a trip to CR in the late fall or winter. Given what I’ve read here and elsewhere I will probably only spend a night or two in SJ and the rest of my time in Jaco, with maybe a night or two in Tamarindo if time permits.

    Here is my primary question: How does CR compare to Germany for sex tourism? I’ve been to Germany three times and had a blast every time. There they have brothels where the women are usually completely naked all the time. Can someone who has been to both locations please provide a comparison? The rates in Germany hover anywhere from $30-100 Euros per half hour ($33-110 USD, give or take).

    It seems like the rates in CR have been creeping up to the point where it may not be a good value any longer. Plus I have the hassle of bringing them back to my room/hotel, which could be an issue if I’m not staying at a place like the Cocal or Del Rey.

    Germany is obviously a safe country, and the women being naked in the brothels means no surprises when they undress.

    I may still go to CR for the “normal” tourism related stuff and sight-seeing, but am not so sure about the punting scene.

    I took a peek at LMC’s website and my jaw dropped when I saw she wanted $350/hour. That is more than what elite escorts charge in larger and much more expensive cities like Toronto.

  56. Also, on February 24th, Tim mentioned that SJ can be VERY dangerous. Could you please elaborate on that? Is there much actual violent crime occurring, or is it more just sketchy looking people and a run-down environment.

    Frankfurt, Germany near the central train station appears very dangerous on the surface, with lots of homeless people and a large red light district. There are many people openly injecting drugs. However, people are generally left alone. I didn’t even experience any panhandling. It was sketchy but I didn’t feel unsafe.

    • Skinny Vinny,

      San Jose has a lot of homeless, desperate people. Most are addicted to crack, meth, or heroin. I’ve seen knife fights, shootings, bottles broken over people’s heads, and more. For the most part these types of people won’t mess with you, unless provoked. However, I stay away from highly intoxicated, unpredictable people as a general rule.

      There are also many people that will rob drunk and unknowing tourists, especially if you make a wrong turn and make it into the Dominican neighborhood.

      As a rule of thumb, taxi everywhere unless you are crossing the street from Del Rey to Key Largo.

  57. Thanks for the details, Tim. Many people have mentioned the dangerous nature of SJ but actual details have been rare. I’ll be sure to keep my walking to a minimum, if I decide to go!

    • My pleasure. Don’t let that change your mind. I highly recommend experiencing Costa Rica. Just keep your head on a swivel and take cabs / ubers at night in San Jose. You’ll be fine.

    • Costa Rica Golf is great, both the Iguana Golf course in Herradura and the Valle Del Sol in Santa Ana are among my favorite courses.

  58. Well as im in CA under shelter in place orders, im planning a vacation for golf and fun. So far I have narrowed it down to either Costa Rica or Brazil, CR looks to be fun and Jaco Beach would be my first choice but seeing the prices, im thinking of Brasil. It seems the golf and the girls are just as expensive in Costa Rica as it is in the Bay Area, which is in Northern California. Im sure it is worth it, but if I was a local, it certainly would be hard to afford the women or the golf.

    Have any of you guys travelled to Brasil ? Is the experience comparable ?

    • Hi Golfguy, I haven’t been to Brazil but I have to question how you are getting women of the same caliber of Latinas in San Fran for the same price? I’ve never been there but I know San Fran has a LOT of money and class.

  59. Hello Tim:
    Hope all is well with you. Planning to go to Costa Rica in mid November and probably staying at Occidental Papagayo. How do I go about meeting girls and asking them to spend the night with me at the resort? If this is not possible, can you recommend massage parlours close by that I can have a happy ending massage?
    Thank you for your time.

    • Hey Richard,

      Don’t overthink anything you want to ask women in Costa Rica – just simply ask! It’s a friendly culture and if they seem upset just act like a dumb tourist and say sorry, but I doubt that will ever come into play.

      I can’t help you on the massage thing, not my neck of the woods or preferred type of thing.

  60. Exactly my point SF does have a lot of money but $300 is still about the average rate and the overnighters can be had for about $1500. Due to the economic differences between SF and Costa Rica, I was expecting somewhat lower prices. But same as the golf resorts in Mexico and other countries, they charge more than the resorts in United States. The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay can be had for $90 but most tropical countries want 2-5X that amount. Im definitely looking forward to visiting CR. I have a budget in mind but if I see a cutie I like, haha the budget goes out the window.

    * If you ever get out to the Bay Area in CA, ill be happy to take you out for golf and dining and pick your brain as well

  61. Does anyone have any current trip report for Jaco or SJ in recent months? Trying to gauge what the scene is like in the current environment in regards to the “covid era,” if the women are still around or if it’s a ghost town in that sense.

  62. Hi Tim and everyone. im a Brit and lived in Thailand for many years. are there similarities?
    I will be looking to make business to stay there a long time, Is land cheap to buy an build to sell or build to rent? Is opening a girly bar and guest house a good business (freestyle girls and staff who do want they want when they leave the bar with a customer?).
    What kind of business would go down well there?
    Can foreigners own land or condos in there own name, are visas easy for long term tourists?
    Thanks for being so informative buddy.,
    Oh ps what time of year is busiest and when is the best weather? is local street food good and fresh/clean?
    Cheers mate

    • Hi Ronthedon1,

      I’ll leave this open to other visitors as I haven’t lived in Thailand so I can’t compare the two.

      I will add that it’s not “cheap” to buy, build, and sell, nor is the process efficient. Can it be done? Yes. But It’ll come with headaches.

      As far as a “girly bar,” I can’t speak to that. You can own land in an S.A. (which is a company).

      Best time is January – May as it’s dry season and you won’t see any rain and plenty of tourism.

  63. Hi Tim,

    I’m going to CR for about 2 weeks in December. Is it possible to “find women” in La Fortuna? Staying there for a few nights before heading to Jaco Beach.

  64. I’m planning a week’s vacation for my husband’s birthday in July. I would really like to be able to get online to communicate with women about spending the week with us. Would you say that is the best site for that?

  65. Hi Tim,

    I’m planning to visit CR with my wife and I’m looking for a male masseuse/call boy who can give her massage and spend few hours with us. What is the best location to stay and how to find a male escort?

    • Hey Chad, I can speak for all of our writers and say we don’t have any knowledge in that subject. Check Craigslist perhaps?

  66. Hi there,
    Many thanks for all your information. I am currently in CR and have stayed at the Taormina Hotel with Casino. The surrounding streets do not look safe at night, but I walked several times to the center and back. Some addicted people started to chat but I simply continued my way. Maybe not my safest trip.

    However, to the interesting point: From late afternoon all kind of sexy ladies are strolling around in front of the hotel and on the way to the elevators. I guess it would be no problem to take a girl to your room.

    My I ask in which rough range some pleasure here might cost? I just don’t want to get ripped off if I’d book such a service on my way back.

    • Blackrabbit, you are definitely in an area you want to taxi around in after dark. The surrounding streets are littered with thieves posing as prostitutes, many of which are transvestites. Be very careful. As far as range, $20 – $150. YMMV

  67. Anyone been to CR in 2021? Looking to visit, but also wondering what the current state of events are given the pandemic. Is Jaco still lively?

    Thank you!

  68. I went to CR for the first time RIGHT before COVID (2/20-3/20) for 12 days I was alone for 8 days, I spent 2 days in San Jose and stayed at the delray, I walked around that district alone during the day and at night with no problems. I would like to mention I grew up outside of Philly and learned a t a young age NOT to appear as a target. Simply act as if you belong and most will leave you alone. I am also 6’2″ and not really a small guy, so I’m sure people look at me and think “There are easier targets”.
    There was a helpful fellow I met outside of the Delray, very friendly and hoping for a handout who guided me to a massage parlor around the corner that was safe, he had lots of helpful info while I was there. I gave him all my extra change and even bought him a pair of shoes and new clothes for less than $20 His guidance was very helpful since I was a first time tourist. I really did appreciate his service. Not all of the people outside the Delray are helpful Believe that. I have a good sense of intuition. 53yo and I’ve never been robbed.

    Having said that my time was very enjoyable. I traveled most of the country for 8 days before I met my friend from the states for the last 4 days. We stayed at “Hotel CR lounge by Little Havana” which is only a few blocks away from the Delray for $60/night in VERY nice rooms. They also have a very nice selection of women who frequent the place with their health cards, so it’s certainly very convenient, and cheaper than the Delray girls. We were also able to bring back girls we picked up from the Delray. We then traveled to Jaco for the weekend. Club Cocal was VERY overwhelming with the amount of women that were present. My friend got a kick out of the look on my face when we entered, after about 10 minutes I acclimated and everything went great. The room prices at CC were a little steep compared to an ABnB we found, this next trip in 2 weeks we will simply spend the extra $$ on a room at CC It will be far more convenient.


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