That being said – you can still do well for yourself in Costa Rica and have a great time.
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.
They aren’t ugly at all, but the tica girls are not anything special. The country has been ambushed with gringos for the past thirty years.
If you like a traditional Latina look – then you’ll find the girls here good looking. I’d surmise the first fifteen years of the ambush were amazing for traveling men visiting Costa Rica. Ticas don’t see the gringo as a valuable commodity, but more of a nuisance. The women in Costa Rica generally prefer boyfriends.This isn’t to say you can’t sleep with sexy women here. I’ve never been to a place were I saw more PDA than in San Jose.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. 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.