Costa Rica Nightlife

If your idea of a good time includes zip lining through the forest and exploring volcanoes, you probably aren't the type to call it an early night. Get to know the locals when they get off of work and just want to go out and have a good time. Costa Rican nightlife varies from small gatherings at the local karaoke bar to heart-pumping discos with dancers and DJs.

No Shortage of Nightlife in Tamarindo Costa Rica
No Shortage of Nightlife in Tamarindo


Was your day full of exciting activities, and now you need to slow it down a bit? Tamarindo's nightlife options still have you covered. Freshen up after a day of outdoor adventure to partake of remarkably fresh sushi and cocktails at a lounge. Enjoy a romantic dinner al fresco on a warm night, or simply make use of your hotel suite balcony whilst you enjoy a glass of wine before slipping into the jacuzzi — Tamarindo's nightlife can be whatever you want it to be.

Get Sucked into Santa Teresa's Eco Chic & International Vibe   Costa Rica
Get Sucked into Santa Teresa's Eco Chic & International Vibe

Nicoya Peninsula

You could start your night at one of dozens of amazing restaurants for a delicious meal and craft cocktails. Santa Teresa has attracted chef's from around the world so you literally have almost every type of cuisine to choose from. However, given that you're on the Nicoya Peninsula, seafood is a specialty at most restaurants.

Not ready to call it a night? Grab a cocktail or micro brew at one of dozens of lounges or bars — each with its own vibe. Some are quiet while others are the place to be if you want to sip a cold cerveza and jam to reggae. Usually by about 10:30 pm the big party has started to heat up so get ready for salsa dancing, techno on the beach or cheap drinks at bar hoping to draw in a big crowd.

If you'd like to retire early, you can head back to your accommodations and rest up for a sunrise yoga class or a long jog on the beach before the sun heats up. If you came to surf then a good night sleep and riding those early morning waves might be your best bet. For many people the late night party scene is secondary to experiencing the natural beauty of the region and the health and wellness culture of the area.

San Jose Nightlife — From Seedy to Hip, The Spectrum is Wide Costa Rica
San Jose Nightlife — From Seedy to Hip, The Spectrum is Wide

Central Valley

Cocktails here are similar to what you'd find in North America, with a bit more tropical flair. Popular drinks include a lager called Imperial.