Dating Costa Rica Women: A Great Guide to Picking Up Single Ticas

Many people consider the women in Costa Rica to be the most beautiful in Central America, especially in the capital city of San Jose. Besides being rich in its population of attractive women, San Jose also has a thriving nightlife and is safer than other Central American cities.

While you may consider Costa Rica and San Jose specifically to be the number one place to meet attractive Latina women, the truth is that Costa Rican girls do not value foreign men nearly as much as other Central American girls do. That means finding a Costa Rican girlfriend is going to be more of a challenge then you may have thought.

What Are Costa Rican Women Like?

When you arrive in Costa Rica for the first time, you will quickly find that the Costa Rican women look and sound more European than anywhere else in Central America.

Also known as Ticas, Costa Rica women tend to speak good English, have a better education, and highly value relationships more than their other Central American counterparts. At least with fellow Costa Rican men.

Nearly two million foreigners visit Costa Rica annually, which means you’re not going to be nearly as exotic in the eyes of Costa Rican girls as you may have thought. Seeing Costa Rican women displaying clear affection for their boyfriends at bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and campuses is common, but only a small minority of those boyfriends will be foreigners.

The good news is that a Costa Rican woman is still a Latina, meaning she will likely be family-oriented, sweet and loyal, a good cook, and a fun girlfriend if you can win her over. You just have to learn how.

Meet Costa Rican Girl

Where to Meet Costa Rican Girls?

Meeting women in Costa Rica should be easy, as there is an abundance of places to meet attractive women. The trick, again, is winning them over.

Here are the best places to meet Costa Rica women:

Cities & areas

The only city in Costa Rica that has more than 100,000 people is San Jose. Your chances of finding a Tica you can date will be much higher in San Jose than any other Costa Rican town.
The best places for meeting women in San Jose, logistically speaking, will be Downtown, Escazu, and San Pedro.

Downtown, in particular, has high rise buildings with discos and swimming pools on the roofs that are pretty cheap to enter.

Escazu is the upscale area of San Jose. There are many lounges and bars and is the best place for living a higher quality of life in Costa Rica. Most expats in the country live in Escazu.

San Pedro is where the college campuses are. There are two large universities, and it attracts a strong under-30 crowd. If you’re looking to meet younger San Jose Costa Rica women who would likely be more interested in dating you, this is the place to be.

But while San Jose is the best place to meet a nice single lady, there are other towns you can try your luck at too:

  • San Isidro
  • Puntarenas
  • Puerto Limon
  • Puerto Viejo

That said, you should be wary about going to the Costa Rican beach towns, such as Tamarindo or Jaco. These places are popular with tourists and backpackers, but are also rife with prostitutes and are not the best examples of the Costa Rica dating scene.


Costa Rica is one of the best Central American countries to practice your day game. In San Jose, you can travel to the Mall San Pedro near the college campuses. By around midday, students getting out of class will be heading over to the mall, so there will be no shortage of potentially single ladies there.

Another option in Escazu will be the Multiplaza Escazu. That is one of the largest malls in San Jose, and you should have no difficulties in finding women to date by the late afternoon and early evening.

The nightlife in San Jose is also robust, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, and these will be your best opportunities to meet women. Some of the best clubs you can visit are:

  • Asylum
  • La Concha de la Lora
  • Vertigo

Take note that you will need to have a solid game and at least speak decent Spanish if you want to have any luck with girls at these clubs.

Online dating

Date Costa Rican Woman

There are more opportunities for online dating in Costa Rica than there are in other Central American nations. Besides Tinder, you can use AmoLatina for girls who live in San Jose.

San Jose girls also tend to be more responsive, but you will need to display that you speak decent Spanish to have any luck with them, or else you will be lumped aside with other foreigners.

As far as online dating outside of San Jose is concerned, your best choice will be Badoo, as there are lots of Costa Rican girls who live outside of the capital on this app.

Dating Tips

Here are the top tips to follow for Costa Rica dating:

Spend your time in San Jose

If you want to meet a girl you want to begin a relationship with, San Jose is easily your best bet. If you go to outside towns such as Jaco, you’re going to meet many pretty girls who are either professional or semi-professional prostitutes and are looking to hook up with a couple of foreigners a month to pay the bills (many of these prostitutes are single mothers as well).

Yes, there certainly are prostitutes in San Jose, and there are dateable single women in the outside towns such as Jaco. But there are far more dateable women in San Jose and fewer prostitutes there as well, so for approaching and finding the right girls to date, it’s your best bet in Costa Rica.

Learn and speak some Spanish

Spanish is the official language in Costa Rica, and while Costa Rican women do speak better English than other Central American women, if you don’t speak any Spanish at all, they’ll lump you alongside the other non-Spanish speaking foreigners.

Speaking Spanish displays to Costa Rican girls that you are not only interested in them, but that you are also interested in their culture. They should be more willing to talk to you, and they’ll appreciate you making an attempt even if your Spanish is basic and conversational at best.

Being late is common.

It’s very common for people in Costa Rica to be between a half hour to one hour late to dates, events, and so on because they tend to be more laid back and relaxed. Being late is simply common in Costa Rica, so don’t get mad if your date shows up later than she said she would.

Yes doesn’t always mean yes.

Just because a Tica says she will go out with you, and just because she gives you her phone number, does not necessarily mean she is saying yes to going out with you. She may even give you a fake phone number. Don’t feel offended by this, because it’s their culture for women not directly to say ‘no’ to a man’s request. That is just something to be prepared for.

Just because she flirts with you doesn’t mean she likes you.

Costa Rican girls like to laugh, flirt, and have fun. But just because they flirt and laugh with you does not mean that they are into you. It is much different from the United States, where women don’t flirt very often. Girls in Costa Rica have more playful energy to them.

Your Western status won’t get you anywhere.

Just because you come from the United States or any other Western country does not mean you are going to hit it off with the ladies. Millions of tourists visit Costa Rica each year, and many Costa Rican women are turned off by foreigners.

While you can’t help it if you are from a Western country, going out of your way to tell every woman you meet where you are from or making it abundantly evident is not going to demonstrate any value to them.

The best ways to impress these girls is by speaking Spanish as best you can, not flaunting where you come from, and being fun to be around. The more she can see you’re not like other tourists, the more interested in you she should be.

Closing Thoughts

Costa Rican girls are fun, affectionate, loyal, educated, intelligent, and typically speak good English, but they are also not that impressed by foreigners.

So, if you see a cute Costa Rican girl, you’d like to go on a date with, you need to really get your game on and follow the above tips carefully to maximize your chances with her.

Hello, I am Dave! I am fascinated with Latin countries. I spent the last 5 years traveling in Central and South America. I have met many people and dated many women along the way. I am here to tell you everything I know about dating Latina women. Happy reading, happy dating!

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