Things to Know If You Want to Have a Costa Rica Girlfriend

This is a condensed guide to my experience dating Costa Rica women over the years. If you are looking for a girl to make your trip to this scintillating tropical Central American paradise more memorable, read on!

In my numerous trips across Central and Latin America, I have found Costa Rica girls to be very different from their Latina counterparts.

I’ve put together my experience in this guide and have answered the following commonly asked questions so that you have a solid platform to build from:

  • What to expect from a Costa Rican girlfriend?
  • Where to find hot Costa Rican girls?
  • Dating Tips to get a Costa Rica girlfriend

4 Things to Expect When You Have a Costa Rica Girlfriend

Costa Rica girls (locally Ticas) have a reputation for being the most beautiful in Central America. Though I would leave that judgment to you, I understand the basis of this claim from my extended stay there.

Here is a summary of their features and personality – handy information to zero in and approach your girl.

Costa Rican Women Are Beautiful Beyond Words

The girls have an unmistakable European appeal that combines with their Latina charm to make you go weak in your knees. Long hair, almond eyes, a curvy body, and poise make them irresistible.

They Are Feminine

Their physical attraction is amplified manifold by their feminine characteristics – something European and American men crave. In addition, they have an element of grace in the way they carry themselves, and the elegance punctuates their personality.

They Are Smart and Educated

Costa Rica has a literacy rate of over 97%, and it shows in the women’s personality. Many of them speak English, and they know what they want from life. Though they are far from being bossy, they like to know what they are doing and plan their future out.

They Value Relationships

Relationships are important to them. If you earn your girl’s trust, she will give her everything to make the relationship work, even if it means staying back to take care of the household and raising kids while you take up the breadwinner’s role.

Where Can You Find Your Costa Rica Girlfriend?

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Online dating

I had a surprisingly high success rate with online dating. Start a few weeks before your trip to have a couple of dates set up before you even arrive. Some conservative girls like to find their man online rather than be pursued by strangers in bars and clubs.

Here are a few international dating sites/apps worth trying.


It is the region’s favorite dating site with lots of useful features and genuine profiles. There are enough free features to generate interest, but a paid membership offers the best value for your time.


It is the world’s favorite dating app but is inclined towards adultery/hookups rather than long-term relationships.


It is a decent option to check out, but you’ll get many low-quality profiles. It takes additional time to filter out the genuine ones.

In Costa Rica

Your best chance to get a girlfriend is in the populous city of San Jose.  Although the rest of the country is perfectly safe to explore, San Jose’s 100,000+ population works to your advantage. Its centrally located, giving you easy access for your adventures deeper in the country.

San Jose

If you are out during the day, there are many coffee shops, restaurants, and malls to choose from. The city also has a buzzing nightlife where you get a young crowd. Day or night, these are the areas with the maximum scoring probability:

  • Great Mall
  • Eastridge
  • San Pedro (student town with affordable outlets)
  • Escazu
  • Downtown
  • Vertigo

Outside San Jose

Though San Jose has enough women to keep you occupied, you might want to venture outside the capital city once in a while to see what’s out there. Despite the low population, you can have a decent shot at one of these cities:

  • Tamarindo (beach town frequented by backpackers)
  • Puntarenas (scenic place with babes and beaches)
  • San Isidro (worth checking over a short weekend)

Dating Tips to Get a Costa Rica Girlfriend

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Costa Rica’s dating culture is mostly conservative with a touch of American influence. The following section lists the basic rules of the game so that you know what to expect and how to make the most out of it.

Take Charge

Girls like men who take the lead and plan outings. Though not the ones to fall for extravagance, Ticas like being pampered. I recommend picking above-average venues with romantic ambiance and a surprise gift – a combination that charms women universally.

One Night Stands Aren’t the Norm

Other than the rare exception of finding a fun-seeking university girl, don’t expect to jump into bed with your date the first time you meet. The girls take their time and are more into finding a long-term companionship than a weekend romance.

No Brownie Points for Exotic Men

Costa Rica is frequented by tourists worldwide, and an exotic-looking man strolling around is no more an exception. If anything, the girls will suspect you of being a sex tourist, and you need to put in extra effort to win them over.

The Locals are Conservative, Religious, Adaptable, and Easy Going

Religion and football are big in the country. They are calm and understanding and do not throw unnecessary tantrums to seek attention. They like to enjoy life and make the most of what they have.

Final Thoughts on Costa Rica Girlfriends

Costa Rica girls strike the elusive balance between beauty, brains, and understanding. They are educated supportive, loyal, and feminine. They usually stay away from the usual Latina women stereotypes.

These girls can adapt to different lifestyles, mingle with your friends, and make intelligent conversation at social gatherings. The Ticas will leave a lasting impression on your heart!

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