Spring Break in Costa Rica

Spring Break in Costa Rica – Making your spring break dollars go further.

Vacationing to Costa Rica for spring break might not be quite as exciting as spring break in Cancun, but it shouldn’t be over looked as an option. If you are looking to party in a tropical setting for spring break, but are a little put off by the massive crowds in places like Cancun, then Costa Rica might be the perfect spring break destination for you.

Because almost no where in Costa Rica is as built up with hotels and resorts as Cancun, you will be able to get a lot more for your money here. Less money on a hotel room means more money for beer, liquors, and other sins of choice. Excluding your airfare, one could easily celebrate a week long vacation in Costa Rica for just a few hundred bucks.

You have probably heard that Costa Rica is cheep, but you aren’t really sure how cheap. Lets put it this way, in some coastal towns in Costa Rica it is not uncommon to get a beer at a bar for US$2 or less. Many of the clubs will usually have some sort of free shot during the week and rum and cokes are almost always less than US$5 at the bar.

What to Expect

You can pretty much find any type of vibe you want in Costa Rica. From the high class dance clubs in San Jose to the small reggae clubs of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica has a little bit of it all. For the most part though, you will find the reggae clubs, dance halls, and beach bars offer the most fun.

The parties here are usually a lot more intimate than the ones you would find during spring break in Florida or Cancun. The amount of people in any given town will be much smaller that that of popular spring break destinations. This means you are much more likely to find a group of cool people to hang out with. Spring break parties in Costa Rica are more similar to a house party or a party at your local bar.

Where to Go

As I said before, you will be able to find clubs and parties at just about any popular tourist destination in Costa Rica. That said, there are a few places in particular that are a bit more Spring Break style than others. These prime spring break locations in Costa Rica are listed below.




Puerto Viejo
If you are on a tight budget, but still looking to party during your spring break, Puerto Viejo is where you want to go. You won’t find any flashy dance clubs here, but there are plenty of bars, reggae clubs, live music venues, and tons of party hostels. One of the most popular party hostel in the area is the famous Rocking Js Hostel. You don’t have to go far to party here. The owners brothers has a top notch bar and restaurant on the property. You could easily spend your entire spring break at this hostel without ever stepping a foot in town.

Should you feel like heading in to town, there are a number of options that offer every type of vibe. Some of the more popular spots include Stanfords Club right on the beach, Johnny’s Place a reggae club on the beach, and Sunset Sports Bar and Pool Hall.

San Jose
If you are really into clubbing and dancing, you will probably want to stay in San Jose. They will offer the best “typical” nightlife scene in the country. There are a large number of extremely popular dance clubs, both gay and straight in the city. There is also a high concentration of students, both local and foreign in the area, which means you will be able to mix and mingle with a larger crowd of people.

If you are new to the city and don’t know where to go, I suggest checking out the hostel Pangea. This is a straight party hostel. So much so that they actually have a dance club on the property. You can hang out here all night or just meet some other like minded partiers and head out on the town from there.


Jaco Beach
If you are looking for your stereo typical beach party destination, then Jaco is where you want to go. This popular surfing town is filled with plenty of bars, clubs, and music venues. What is a calm and laid back surf town by day, turns into a lively party town by night. It is not uncommon to simply meet some folks at the bar and then end up parting with them all night long. If booze isn’t your first drug of choice, have no fear, as there is almost everything from weed to women available here.

The cost here is slightly higher than that of Puerto Viejo, but has the same basic vibe. The only major difference is that Jaco is more well known as a tourist destination and is much closer to San Jose. So, those who don’t want to waste half a day of travel to get to Puerto Viejo, may want to opt for Jaco.

4 thoughts on “Spring Break in Costa Rica

  • Glenn Alan

    I read your blog and I see you like Costa Rica. As you can see there are many things you can do while you are in CR but most people never know where to fine the best places to go and so if you are looking for great things to do check out http://www.top10costarica.com as I find they have they cover ALL you could ever what to know.

  • David Li

    I went last year to Costa Rica and costarica-springbreak recommended I go to Tamarindo if what I was looking for was good parties and night life. They were absolutely right, this beach has it all.

  • Donald

    Hello Friends,

    La Gran Vista is an educational “Farm School” located in San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica, where students, volunteers and visitors participate, learn and help.

    We receive volunteers, students, environmental interns locally and abroad. Beyond individuals who come to the farm, EcoTour Organizations in Costa Rica and around the world send volunteer groups to La Gran Vista every year.

    Most of the organizations we work with are volunteer groups, looking for programs that help with environmental education, such as at our farm.

    We would like to know if your school or community would like to send volunteers for us to receive; our website is http://www.lagranvista.com. Please help us start a grassroots campaign, talk to your friends, family and co-workers to help us promote our mission and organization.

    We offer a wide range of opportunities for all. From ideal opportunities for graduate students and researchers to extend their knowledge, pursue specific interests, complete field work or continue thesis material to undergraduate students who want to pursue a career in conservation, whom often need an internship experience, La Gran Vista is an excellent location to do so. Many volunteers have found time at La Gran Vista is an excellent way to verify an interest in a specific field. More than a place for students who would like to participate in experiential learning, La Gran Vista provides the chance for spring break groups to compete a project teaching them a great deal, aiding the local community, and spending time in a beautiful location. We host groups or individuals, for short periods or long, at any age. Moreover, La Gran Vista can provide excellent opportunities for gaining experience and making contacts at the outset of a professional career in conservation.

    We believe the best way to preserve our Planet Earth is for everyone to become active and lend a helping hand to Mother Nature. We have major problems right now from greenhouse gasses causing climate change, to massive landfills that continue piling up, pesticides in our fruit, vegetables, and meat, and shortages of drinking water. No matter what town, country or continent you live on, we all live together under the same sun during the day and the stars and moon at night. If we all recognize the issues and change one bad habit at a time, it would make an enormous effect on the planet right away. We all have to do it together, so start today and join us in our struggle to change the course we are currently on.

    Thank you for your help. We look forward to hearing from you very soon.

    Kind Regards,

    La Gran Vista Agroecological Farm.
    Costa Rica

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