Costa Rica Gay Map and Info

San Jose, Central Valley Gay & Lesbian Scene

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Best of Gay Costa Rica

Best of Gay Costa RicaColours Oasis Resort    2296 1880, 1-866-517-4390 from USA    www.coloursoasis.com

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Key West styled boutique hotel and the only exclusively gay hotel in San Jose. 20 rooms, all with private bath, some with kitchen and living room. Great for traveler looking to hang out by the pool and meet fellow travelers. Pool and sun terrace, jacuzzi, gym/exercise area. Full restaurant and bar. Quiet neighborhood in the embassy district a short taxi ride to all bars and gay activities.

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Hotels

Best of Gay Costa RicaColours Oasis Resort    2296 1880, 1-866-517-4390 from USA    www.coloursoasis.com

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Key West styled boutique hotel and the only exclusively gay hotel in San Jose. 20 rooms, all with private bath, some with kitchen and living room. Great for traveler looking to hang out by the pool and meet fellow travelers. Pool and sun terrace, jacuzzi, gym/exercise area. Full restaurant and bar. Quiet neighborhood in the embassy district a short taxi ride to all bars and gay activities.

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Casa 69    2256-8879   

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Historic house renovated to a charming B&B. Located just four blocks east of the National Museum, no more than 10 minutes walking distance to the center of town and to gay nightlife. No longer gay owned but gay friendly and continues to have a fair number of gay clientele.

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Costa Rica Guesthouse    2223-7034   

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Guesthouse within easy walking distance of center in pleasant neighborhood. Not primarily gay but they advertise as gay friendly.

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Hotel Kekoldi    (506) 2248-0804    

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Gay owned hotel located in central San Jose. Mixed clientele.

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Secret Garden    2290 3890   

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Charming gay owned two room bed & breakfast in the Rohrmoser embassy district (close to Colours Oasis Resort). Secure, parking, quiet, personal service. Ideal for longer stays (ask about weekly & monthly rates).

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Bars

Al Depiste Bar    2234-5956   

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Popular hangout in the Zapote part of San Jose. Well known for the "bocas", great variety of tasty foods. Live music and activities all the week. Karaoke on Fridays and Gogo dancers on Saturdays.

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Bar La Cueva del Oso   

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"Bear Cave" is a gay bar for bears, wolves and friends. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7pm.

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Bar Margot    2223 2163   

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Small fun, cruisy bar with with mainly blue collar type locals.

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Bochinche    2221-0500   

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Popular Trendy bar for younger types. Mostly locals.

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This place is mostly for lesbians but all are welcomeBuenas Vibraciones Bar    2223-4573   

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Lesbian owned bar popular with both lesbians and gay men. Good gathering place to hangout with or meet new friends. Open 7 days a week

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This place is mostly for lesbians but all are welcomeCastilla Bar    2221 0656   

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Small friendly bar with food served. Primarily lesbian but gay men welcome too. Open daily from 6 pm.

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Puchos Night Club    2256-1147   

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Popular place with all types and featuring erotic dancers. Darkroom.
** Was destroyed by fire in June 2013 but reopened and remodeled by Sept 2013.

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Zona Rosa   

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Cruise bar. Very busy with locals. Also has full cinema booths in back with glory holes and dark room. Costs $5 to get a day pass which allows you to go in and out all day.

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Discos/Dance Clubs

La Avispa    2223-5343    

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Popular dance club favoured by locals. Good age mix and local dance club experience. Sunday afternoons are legendary with a mix of latin disco and salsa.

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Venue    2234 5009, 6027 8297   

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Lounge / restaurant / disco

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Restaurants

El 13    2221-7228   

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Cafe, Bar and Restaurant. Happy Hour 4pm to 7pm Monday to Friday.

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Bathhouses/Saunas/Massage

100 Celsius Lounge   

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Newly open bathhouse / social club with Lockers, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam room with maze, Dark room, Sling room, Glory holes, Porn room, Lounge. Hours Noon - 10 pm daily.

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Blue Door Massage   

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Massage for men by men

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Hispalis Sauna    2256-9540   

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Largest and most popular of all saunas in San Jose. Mixed crowd. Bar, Restaurant, Cruising Areas, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam Room. 7 Days a week Noon - 1am. Wednesdays are Naked Nights. Note: saunas in Costa Rica tend to be busier early evening and after work versus late night

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Las Termas de Paris   

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Look for door on corner with purple curtain. Behind the curtain you'll find a small bathhouse with lockers, cruising areas and booths. Open daily 1 pm - 9pm, most popular after work. Admission is 3,000 colones with a special rate on Wednesdays of 2,500. Women and minors not admitted.

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Oasis Erotic Massage    8824 8511, 8648 9504   

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Erotic massage by men for men. Open Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm.

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Community Centres

Casa Cari   

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Center for LGBT culture and spirituality. A project initiated by the Rainbow Community in February 2008 to create a physical space for group meetings. Dedicated to promoting culture and spirituality of the LGBT community in Costa Rica. Home of the following groups:
- Comunidad Arco Iris (LGBT spirituality)
- Fenix (personal growth)
- Vivencias (spiritual and group support)
- Cinema CARI (LGTB Cinema)
- Colectiva Lesbica (Women's group)

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Cruising Area

Cinema 2000   

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Cinema showing straight porn films but with lots of gay action happening in the seats and other areas. Entry 3000 colones ($6)

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Parque National   

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Downtown central cruising park. Now with free WiFi too.

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Video Relaxx   

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Video booth store with gay and straight films, cruising.

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XXX Adult World   

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Sex toys, porn videos for sale. Video booths.

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Shopping

Nuestras Letras    2236-6671   

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The first gay bookshop in Costa Rica is now open! Librería Nuestras Letras providing a place to find a selection of alternative literature. Open Mon-Fri 3-7pm and Sat/Sun from 12noon-5pm.

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Additional comments from our visitors about Gay and Lesbian San Jose, Central Valley

What are people saying about us?Hooking up     Alan from San Francisco, United States     February 26, 2012

I had a lot of success in meeting boys and hooking up at Club Oh and Bochinche. They will be able to tell right away that your not a local and I think there is something appealing about that. I live in San Francisco and have some street smarts about me so I found it fairly safe to hook up, but I think the advice above is good and you can never be too safe.

I brought by Ipod touch with me so I could get online (wifi at hotel). I didnt try using my cell phone because I didn't want to incur additional charges. I found Grindr, dudesnunde.com, and A4A to be pretty active. I met a lot of great boys online, some that I hooked up with, others just chatted. Since you just cant walk out on to the street and find a gay man, I think online is the best way to discover the gay culture here. I would suggest start looking before you get to Costa Rica and putting your vacation plans on your profile in order to find boys and start chatting. By using these sites I found very few (almost none) in norther Costa Rica and most were either near Manual Antonio or in San Jose. You occasionally find other gay travelers who are in your city and using Grindr, A4A etc.

Overall San Jose (and the rest of the country) for that matter aren't very open to the gay culture. Yes there are a few gay bars/clubs in San Jose, but they dont have a gay neighborhood or even a stretch with your typical gay bookstore coffee shop, etc. The gay culture is still hidden away.


What are people saying about us?Safety Advice for Hooking up in Costa Rica     Costa Rica Cruiser from San Jose, Costa Rica     October 19, 2009

I don't want this to sound overly alarmist, but there are certain precautions that the inexperienced gay traveler should take when meeting local guys in developing countries.

Costa Ricans are very friendly people and are pretty open about gay life. However, given that it is a poorer country, there is a segment of the population that preys upon foreigners. Keep in mind that the average unskilled working stiff makes about $15-$20 day.

I have lived in Costa Rica for 5 years and over that time I have learned a few things (thankfully not the hard way).

Here are some basic tips to keep you safe.

Do not walk around downtown San Jose at night. Taxis are only a few dollars and are usually available outside the bar you are leaving from. If you are leaving from a bar or sauna and do not see a taxi, have the counter person or doorperson call one for you.

If walking around during the day, refrain from wearing jewelry such as gold chains, watches etc. Also keep displays of using such items as cell phones and ipods to an minimum. You are just sending out messages that you have "goodies".

When going out, keep the amount of cash that you have with you to the just amount you need for that night. You also can leave all ID including passport in your hotel safe. You are required to have a photo-copy of your passport with the entry stamp as well. This is legal ID all over Costa Rica except when you do face-to-face bank transactions and an original copy is required. Try and have photo copies done before you leave, but if you do not, most decent hotels will do it for you.

Keep park cruising to day light hours. If cruising around downtown parks, there are very cheap hotels that you can go to for sex. Latin culture is designed this way as very few people live alone and given that latins are very horny, casual encounters and sex outside of relationships is very common.

If you bring someone back to your hotel room, make sure that he is not expecting money. If he is, negotiate the price and what that includes ahead of time.

Most gay hotels and hotels that are used to guests bringing back local friends make person register at desk with ID. This is a good thing as it is for your protection and other guests. If your new found friend does not have ID, that should be your first sign that he might not be trustworthy. I would stick to taking him to a sex hotel or sauna.

If you do not know the person or do not have reliable references about the persons character, it is not advisable for you to have him stay the night.

Make sure all your valuables in your hotel room are locked up. It is a very good idea that until you know someone not to display signs of wealth such as expensive cash, credit cards, cell phones, computers, etc.

If having sex in venues like sex clubs or parks, be very mindful about things in your pockets such as car keys, cash or wallet.

If you are a victim of crime or threats, my advice would be to call the police. That will usually end things right there. Almost anyone involved in illegal activity does not want to deal with the police. They are counting on that you are too afraid to call.

Unlike other Latin countries I have visited, the police in Costa Rica overall are quite friendly and will try and help. The whole country on a whole is not really homophobic and even though many do not approve of homosexuality, they are not hostile about it.


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