Costa Rica hasn’t always been a spring break hot spot, but it’s started to compete seriously with party spots in Mexico in recent years. If you like sun, sand, drinks, and dancing, you’ll find these Costa Rica destinations have lots to offer.
Manuel Antonio – Nightlife in the National Park
Manuel Antonio began as an eco-tourist destination, but this national park morphs into a hot spot for nightlife when the stars come out. Start your evening with happy hour between 4:30 and 6:30 at Marlin Restaurante where you can get great margaritas or pina coladas. Continue the party at Marlintinis where the live music, drinks, and dancing continue well into the night. Ladies enjoy house drinks free here from 8 to 11pm on Wednesdays. Arco Iris is another popular spot for late night action, with admission around $3.
Puerto Viejo – Laid Back Beaches
In Puerto Viejo, you’ll enjoy stunning black sand beaches and lush jungles where you can hike, go horseback riding, or try zip lining. If you can’t stand being disconnected for Spring Break, the Caribbean Coffee & Chocolate Factory has free WiFi. The bar scene is laid back with disco lounges, karaoke, and pool. Johnny’s Place sets a bonfire on the sand for dancing on the beach. This destination is ideal for visitors looking for a casual, low-key experience.
Playa Tamarindo – Adventure and Action
The allure of Playa Tamarindo lies as much in the daytime activities as in the nightlife. Spring breakers here can get their adrenaline rush zip lining through the jungle, careening through rapids, rappelling down water falls, surfing the swells, or hiking the Arenal volcano. Those who have enough energy left at the end of the day to do something other than collapse, can enjoy a festive nightlife atmosphere that’s been compared to Mardi Gras year-round.
Jaco – Costa Rica on a Budget
Jaco is one of the more affordable destinations in Costa Rica. In addition to local hot spots, it offers many familiar establishments like American fast food joints and a Hard Rock Café. Though the beach isn’t as stunning as in other areas, it does offer decent surfing and plenty of surf shops to keep you well supplied. Jaco’s reputation for allowing prostitution is something female visitors should stay mindful of when visiting the area.
San Jose – Clubbing and Coffee
If you like to party late into the night and shock yourself awake again mid-day with a jolt of caffeine, San Jose has everything you need. This scene has historic significance as the hub of the coffee business and you can still pick up some signature local brews. The nightlife is extremely varied with something for everyone including contemporary clubs, hot salsa joints, and live jazz music. If you’re up in time to enjoy daytime activities. San Jose has several notable museums including the Costa Rican Art Museum.
Many of the best vacation packages for 2013 focus on Costa Rica as a hot Spring Break destination. Snag a great package now and you’ll be set for an unforgettable vacation.