San Jose and San Pedro are both ugly places in my opinion.You can see some mountains on the skyline, but the architecture is not impressive. This threw the vibe off quite a bit in my experiences.I did a majority of my approaching walking near the main university in San Pedro, University of Costa Rica (UCR).I also did a couple of approaches at Mall San Pedro.Often, these girls are cute as hell, smiling and bored.
You can grab hotels for - 45 a night in the center on If I ever go to the area again, I’d make sure to check this area out first before I booked anything long-term. If you are staying in San Pedro, I would skip hotels and hostels and try to grab an apartment. Weekly rates can be found for 5 - 150 with monthly rates going for 0 - 500.You can check for nicer accommodations, but Craigslist has a number of cheap and available options for San Pedro.Online is a bit played out due to the influx of traveling gringos, but it’s still worth a shot.The capital of Costa Rica is San Jose (San Pedro) and is certainly the best city for dating Costa Rican women if that's what you're looking for. I stumbled around drunk numerous times late at night, sometimes alone and sometimes with a girl. However, I heardof a number of people getting jumped near the mall at dusk and at night.