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Costa Rica has city action, jungles full of nature and of course spectacular beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

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San Jose & Central Valley

The majority of Costa Ricans live either in the capital San José or the surrounding central valley so it is no surprise that the majority of establishments catering to gay and lesbians are located here. Most of the action is centered in San José but the other major cities of Heredia, Alajuela and Cartago have plenty of gay people too albeit less in the way of gay nightlife.

All Central Valley San Jose


Central and South Pacific Coast

The central and south pacific coasts have a variety of lush tropical beaches from the well-developed tourism of Jaco and Manuel Antonio to the remote nature experiences of the South and Osa peninsula. The Manuel Antonio and Quepos area is the main area of interest for travelers interested in a gay scene at the beach and some nightlife options but many other beach towns have a LGBT presence as well as spectacular nature.

Manuel Antonio & Quepos Other Central Pacific Osa & the South

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Guanacaste & Nicoya

The dryer Guanacaste coast is for sun lovers and contains the majority of large chain properties. But the smaller towns have a lot of charm and as you go further south onto the Nicoya Peninsula the vibe changes to a more casual vibe and the weather gets more tropical. Samara and Tamarindo are some of the principal towns of interest to LGBT travelers.

Dos Rios, Samara & Tamarindo

End of the Day, Punta Uva

Caribbean Coast

The Caribbean beach towns of Puerto Viejo and Cahuita have always attracted a counter-culture vibe and so have had a strong LGBT presence. Eco-tourism, yoga, massage and a great selection of gay and lesbian owned boutique style accommodations await you along with unbeatable beaches and spectacular nature.

Puerto Viejo & Cahuita

Lake Arenal and Volcano at sunset

Mountains & Volcanoes

Eco-tourism, lodges with mountain and volcano views and cloud forests await you in the highland parts of Costa Rica. National parks with hiking, waterfalls and amazing bird and animal spotting opportunities are also highlights. The weather is cooler than the heat of the coasts and there are several small towns where LGBT owned or friendly businesses cater to travelers.

Arenal, Chirripo & More


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Traveling in Costa Rica for Gay and Lesbian visitors

Costa Rica has always been the most popular destination in Central America for LGBT travelers. It's prefect for those that want a more adventurous, organic experience while still providing a good dose of nightlife and a friendly environment.

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Sex and the Single Tico

Heading to Costa Rica on vacation and want to meet locals? Well there are a few things you ought to know. First thing: Ticos are damn guapo. After that things can get a little complicated.

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Safety Advice for Hooking up in Costa Rica

There are certain precautions that the inexperienced gay traveler should take when meeting local guys in developing countries. These are some basic tips to keep you safe.

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There's lots more information to come. Got questions on traveling around Costa Rica? Buses, shuttles, flights and rental cars.

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