One of the jokes that gets the most laughs here in Costa Rica says that the highest cause of traffic accidents is due to men taking their eyes off the road to look at the pretty women walking down the street – this will cause a pileup!Despite all the ogling, male chivalry is alive and well in Costa Rica (unless you are on the bus).Some clubs require a dress code: usually no hats, no shorts, no tank tops (for men), no pants with holes, and/or no tennis shoes.
Costa Rican men like to talk and gesture wildly with their hands and they are not afraid to stare a woman down.
The other exception is when Ticos go out with their families to Fiestas Patronales.
Fiestas Patronales are festival-like celebrations of a particular town’s Saint Day.
However, a male tourist asking where the best nightclub is will be immediately pointed towards the strip club, no questions asked.
This could complicate your night if you are innocently trying to find a regular dance club. You are welcome on the dance floor to try and learn the steps of salsa or merengue, but if you want to show up prepared, take some dance lessons while you are in town.