Costa Rica attracts surfers, eco-tourists, families, sport fisherman, and global adventurers from every corner of the world year after year, and Costa Rica nightlife shows the same kind of eclectic flair as the lively people who love to play here.
Some of the best nightlife in the world rocks this Central American paradise. No matter where you go, no matter what you enjoy, Costa Rica nightlife tailored exactly to your tastes is never far away.
The party gets started in San Jose, where most visitors begin their vacation itinerary. San Jose’s El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte remains the number one Costa Rica nightlife destination for the capital city’s young, restless, bohemian crowd, and for good reason. Live music is standard, and the place is absolutely packed from Wednesday through Saturday every single week.
More laid back travelers will settle right in to the Costa Rica nightlife in store for them in San Pedro, San Jose’s university district. Small bistros, coffee shops, music and dance clubs, and bookstore create an artistic atmosphere.
In San Pedro, locals and visitors spill onto the sidewalk and watch the world go by at café tables under city lights. Check out Omar Khayyam for a front row people-watching seat, the Jazz Café for cutting edge live music, or Terra U for hooking up with college students and faculty over drinks and good food.
If you are headed for the famous beaches of Tamarindo first and foremost, you can’t miss The Big Bazaar, the best party in town and a real jewel in crown of Costa Rica nightlife. Tamarindo is young and rowdy already, and when you factor in the huge bonfire built right on the beach every night at the Big Bazaar, you have a party you’ll never forget.
Mar y Sambra is hands down the most happening spot in Manuel Antonio. Located just couple hundred meters from the opening of the park, Mar y Sambra features a big open-air dance floor and outdoor tables in the sand where park visitors can relax over a cool drink under the stars.
Surfers will appreciate the San Clemente Bar & Grill in Dominical, the Pacific coast surfing hot spot. Costa Rica nightlife in surfing towns keeps it casual, with plenty of filling, cheap eats; televised sporting events; and pool, Ping Pong, and football tables. San Clemente Bar & Grill provides a great place to unwind after a day on the water, and meet up with like-minded friends, both old and new.
Costa Rica nightlife on the Caribbean coast centers on the tiny village of Puerto Viejo. You’ll find beachfront bonfires and local color at favorite bars like El Bambu, Johnny’s Place, and Stanfords.
Finally, if your Costa Rica nightlife dreams veer towards the mysterious and the sedate, indulge in a night tour of the rain forest.
Rainforest night tours are offered across the country, and often include night vision goggles and flashlights so you can easily catch a look at the exotic flora and fauna. Look for night tours in Tortuguero, Monteverde, and the Osa Peninsula, as well as night volcano tours in Arenal.