Costa Rica's Best Dance Clubs: Cut Loose and Chill Out

With so much to offer by day, Costa Rica also has dance clubs worth staying up late into the night for, too. Club Vertigo is the probably the hottest venue in the capital city of San Jose, consistently hosting an impressive roster of guest DJs from around the world and inspiring dancing into the wee hours under the club's soaring ceilings. Costa Ricans flock to the floors Miraflores, where each room plays a different music style. Fun awaits at El Pueblo, a colonial Spanish style landmark stretch of restaurants and clubs in San Jose- Club Twister is one of the best dance clubs. On the Caribbean coast, find Johnny's Place, a long-standing establishment on the beach in Puerto Viejo de Limon, for the best dancing late night - it really gets going after midnight and draws a casual crowd to a bumping dance floor- not for the faint of heart. The water's edge glistens steps away, and candle lit tables and chairs in the sand offer refreshing respites from the dance floor. A mellower scene is found at the Lazy Mon at Stanford's. Sundays after sunset, a live jam night begins that has become the best place to gather and dance to local and traveling musical talents.

El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte


What was once a modest establishment for artsy types has become one of San Jose's trendiest spots for all walks of life, especially the young and hip set, who flock to El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte for the scene, the bar, and the live music,...  Read More

The Lazy Mon at Stanford's
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If you've made it to Puerto Viejo, you must visit The Lazy Mon at Stanford's, day or night, before you leave town, and in which case, you may decide to extend your stay. The Lazy Mon is a casual beachfront- as in you can go for a dip in between...  Read More

Johnny's Place
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Johnny's Place is Puerto Viejo's longstanding, landmark dance club. This beachfront spot has been the place to sway, bump, and grind for more than a decade, and it looks like it's here to stay. The digs are the epitome of non-descript, and by...  Read More



Sometimes a college crowd is just what the doctor ordered to get you in the mood to celebrate. Just a bit more than a stone's throw from the city center, Terra U is in San Pedro's bustling Calle de Amargura, and is the most popular spot among...  Read More



El Pueblo is one of those quintessential Costa Rican tourist destinations that fits many attractions under one red adobe roof; there are restuarants, shops, and dance clubs within this Spanish Colonial style complex, and any time of day or night...  Read More



If you really want to dance in San Jose, Castro's is the place. The music ranges from salsa to reggaeton to electronic trance selection, though it's always upbeat and focuses on latin music and moves. From its humble beginnings as a little...  Read More



One of Puerto Viejo's most popular spots to party after dark, Cafe Mango, formerly called the Sunset Bar, has maintained its old-school vibe and infused new life into this open-to-the- ocean-front beach shack. Inexpensive drink specials such as...  Read More



Just when Puerto Viejo was in need of a little more night music, Bar Maritza has stepped up to the plate with a remodeled interior and a shiny new facade, bringing life after dark to the otherwise quiet stretch of beachfront it occupies. Maritza...  Read More



Miraflores Disco Club has been the hottest spot to dance and party in the otherwise subdued suburb of Heredia, a short ride from the capital city of San Jose, for more than forty years. This legendary dance club is only open on the weekends from...  Read More



Club Vertigo will have your head spinning and your feet moving in no time. With expansive dance floor and high ceilings, Vertigo is the ultimate party spot in San José. This popular dance club features special events throughout the year with...  Read More


Meet Sophia LaMonica

On Sophia's first trip to Costa Rica, she came face to face with white-faced monkeys, gasped at the sight of giant purple crabs, and rode horseback through plunging waterfalls. Costa Rica...  More About Sophia