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Costa Rica
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San Jose

Other Main Cities/Resorts

Limon, Alajuela, Puntarenas, Quepos

Scene and Culture

Costa Rica is the most liberal country in Central America with progressive attitudes on homosexuality. This is reflected in the relatively large gay scene in San Jose where we you will find many western style bars, restaurants, clubs, saunas, hotels and guest houses. There is even a small scene in Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast with gay hotels and a gay beach. Costa Rica is a beautiful country and a particularly good destination for the gay and lesbian traveller.

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Legal Notes

The Constitution of Costa Rica protects homosexuals as equal to any citizen of Costa Rica, however, the police have been known to occasionally harass gay men and transvestites. Closeted homosexuality is generally tolerated. In a recent gallup poll 70% of the people interviewed believed that homosexuals should have the same rights as heterosexuals. Homosexuality is not illegal at the age of 15 if "previous corruption" exist whatever that means. 15 is therefore the "effective age" of consent.


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Costa Rica has a tropical climate with two seasons. A wet season from May to November and a dry season from December to April which is generally considered the best time to visit.

In the central upland areas the climate is more temperate. Average annual precipitation is 3,300 mm and rainfall patterns vary from region to region. Average temperature ranges in San Jose are from 14c to 24c in December to 17c to 27c in May.

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