The Costa Rican Times want to give personal experiences of the expats that have come to call Costa Rica home. You are told what real estate agents and people that are trying to sell you Costa Rica, we want to give you both the good and the bad and will not sugar coat it.
I’m from the city that never sleeps- New York, of course! Moving from the Big Apple to Costa Rica I didn’t expect very much from the nightlife in my new city. It is actually a lot better than I thought it would be. It’s true that most places don’t stay open until 4 a.m. but a few do and it’s definitely possible to have a social night life in or around the San Jose area.
I am living in San Pedro which is home to many of the universities so it’s often lively at night, especially Wednesdays through Saturdays. On the famous Calle de la Amargura you will have a ton of fun! There are two streets right next to each other with this same name! Both are full of restaurants, cafes, bars, and multiple pizza joints! On a Friday or Saturday night you should check out Congos and Xcape both of which open dance spaces and play great music.
In Los Yoses there are two other interesting places. Roots bar features raggae roots music and a Caribbean vibe. There are frequently drink specials here. It’s the best place to have a relaxing night out with areas designed to seat large groups. The other is Craic which is an Irish bar with pool tables and darts and the best fries!
There’s an area popular with the younger crowd that all taxi drivers will be able to take you to; it’s called El Pueblo. This is an area where there are many clubs in a circle and you can go bar hoping between them.
My last suggestion is for all you dancers out there. Don’t miss Castros! It’s got the best mix of Latin music. A great benefit of this place is the culture of the crowd there. It’s easy to find a dance partner. If you get sick of dancing head upstairs for some karaoke!
By Kerry La