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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.
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
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
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
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
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