What You Need to Know About Dating a Costa Rican Man

If you are interested in dating a Costa Rican man, you are a woman with great taste!

I have casually and seriously dated a few Costa Rican men in my day, and I can honestly say that they make the best boyfriends.

Something I learned the hard way is that they do dating and love way differently in Costa Rica than what I was used to. Here is a bit of what you can expect from a Costa Rican man, so you don’t get as shocked:

  • They are incredibly passionate. 
  • Exclusivity is a game they don’t play well. 
  • They are brutally honest.
  • They are as good-looking as the stereotypes say.

That is just a snippet of what’s to come. So let’s dive right into all you need to know about dating a Costa Rican man.  

What Are Costa Rican Men Like?

Before diving into the Costa Rican dating pool, you first need to know what the men are like. That way, you know what you are getting yourself into. 

Here are some of the things I learned about Costa Rican men from my romantic escapades in the beautiful South American country:

Costa Ricans are gentlemen! Chivalry is their game!

Prepare yourself to be treated like a princess. Costa Rican men sure know how to spoil a girl, and they rarely hold back. From random sentimental gifts to extravagant grand gestures, these gentlemen will do everything they can to make you feel special. 

It isn’t just about being spoilt with gifts and experiences; Costa Rican men are proof that chivalry isn’t dead, and this is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful things about them.  

Great integrity

Costa Rican men are also very integrous and honest, almost to a fault. While they do have their flaws, lying is not one of them, and they will tell you the truth even when it hurts. 

I had an eye-opening experience where a guy was clearly into me, yet he was very open about not wanting to commit. We shall get into that commitment phobia later. However, however painful, his truthfulness was quite refreshing and is something you will eventually learn to appreciate. 

Generally loyal

Cheating falls in sort of a grey area in the Costa Rican dating culture in my experience. Most of the men will never cheat on you. At least not in the typical physical infidelity sense. 

However, they are notorious flirts and may engage in conversations or interactions with girls that rub some girlfriends the wrong way. 

My advice is to communicate your boundaries as soon as you have defined the relationship. 

They do not lack self-confidence!

Confidence is the name of the game, and Costa Rican men came to play. They are the living embodiment of the stereotypical Latino macho man with their confidence and very attractive egos. 

What makes it so awesome is that they achieve this bravado without crossing the line over to unattractive arrogance. 

They are very friendly! 

Costa Rican men are very friendly. At first, it will feel like you are dating a celebrity as they keep stopping to say hi to some person or other every time you are out together. That is just a part of their friendly nature which also makes them very approachable. 

What Do Costa Rican Men Look Like?

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All the rumors you have heard are true – Costa Rican men are unbelievably hot! However, something I came to learn dating a few of them is that not all of them fit the tall, dark and handsome archetype. However, they are almost always super attractive, whatever aesthetic they have. 

Here are the two most important things you need to know about Costa Rican men’s looks:

Costa Ricans are people of mixed descent

Their features have contributions from different races around the world, from Asians and Caucasians to Spanish ancestors. That gives them their lighter skin features and often dark, thick hair.

However, some Costa Rican men with darker skin and curly hair are a result of their African heritage. Most Costa Rican men with this aesthetic can be found on the Caribbean coast of the country. 

Most tend to be tall and muscular as health, and physical fitness are huge deals in Costa Rican culture in terms of the build. 

Costa Rican men like to dress fashionably and smartly

In addition to being handsome, Costa Rican men are very stylish. They are very intentional about their grooming and what they wear, and it shows. Don’t be surprised if your boyfriend shows up to the date just as dressed up and stylish as you are, if not more. 

Costa Rican men also appreciate women who put effort into their fashion. You don’t have to look like you walked off a runway, but a little effort goes a long way. 

Costa Rica Men And Relationships 

One of the biggest culture shocks I got while on my romantic adventures in Costa Rica was how Costa Rican men view relationships. Here are a few things that I learned, so you don’t have to go through the same shock. 

Costa Rican Men like to keep their options open

Costa Rican men are not the kind of guys who jump straight into a relationship even if they like you a lot. Many of them will prefer to keep their options open for a while before they commit to exclusivity. 

Here, you either have to go with the program and be patient or set your boundaries and put your foot down. Just don’t fake being ok with the arrangement if it truly upsets you. 

There is a good chance your Costa Rican bae may cheat

As far as I am aware, none of the Costa Rican men I dated cheated on me. However, while I was there, I did hear a few horror stories from local girls and foreigners who had dated Costa Rican men. 

While these Latino hunks are known for their honesty and integrity, cheating is not something that they are entirely above. And given how flirty they can be, it is a possibility you should always brace yourself for. 

They are very passionate and intense

When a Costa Rican man loves, they don’t do it halfway. They go all in and love with a passion and intensity you will probably never experience anywhere else. At least I know I haven’t. 

It’s all in the little things they do, from how they treat you like a lady to how they talk to you and respect your opinions. Let’s not even get started on the relationship’s intimacy because these men don’t hold back. 

A Costa Rican man is very unlikely to dump you

Even if he doesn’t love you anymore and wants to leave you, a Costa Rican man is not likely to dump you easily. Most will want to work things out, and when they eventually give up, they just silently detach and wait for you to cut the cord. 

How to Meet Costa Rican Men 

Online Dating in Costa Rica

Online dating is probably the most convenient way to meet single men in Costa Rica. It works well if you are looking for a Costa Rican man but traveling to the country is not an immediate option. 

You could also use dating sites to meet these men while in the country if you are too shy to approach random strangers. 

If you choose to use online dating sites to meet a Costa Rican man, just make sure to go with trusted sites popular enough in Costa Rica to have a wide dating pool. We recommend AmoLatina.com or mainstream dating apps like Tinder.

Visiting Costa Rica 

If you want to and can visit Costa Rica, this is another great way to meet a man from this incredibly beautiful country. Who doesn’t want an awesome vacation as the backdrop to the start of their love story?

If you are serious about meeting a man by visiting Costa Rica, I would advise that you avoid extremely touristy spots. Instead, find cities and towns that locals also frequent so you can get a chance to meet locals. 

Here are the three best places to meet men in Costa Rica from my experience:

San Jose

San Jose is the largest city in Costa Rica and also happens to be the country’s capital city. It is a true hub of activity both day and night and is full of fun activities and attractions for you to check out. 

San Jose is also very popular among the locals and will give you a chance to truly immerse yourself in the culture and meet all sorts of Costa Rican men. And with all there is to do in San Jose, you won’t run out of fun date ideas. 


Jaco is a beach-side city in Costa Rica that is ideal if you want to enjoy some fun in the sun and sand as you continue searching for the perfect man. 

When you are not looking for your prince charming on the beach by day, you could take your search to the many awesome clubs, bars, and discos in the area with Jaco’s lively night scene. 

Playa Viejo

If you prefer small-town vibes, Playa Viejo is a great place to take your search for a Costa Rican boyfriend. It has beautiful beaches that are not as crowded as other tourist hot spots and is perfect if you want to relax on your visit. 

How to Conquer a Costa Rican Man’s Heart 

So how do you get them to notice and fall for you?

Here are a few tips I found handy while I was also on my quest for a Costa Rican bae. 

Work on learning the local lingo

Learning something as simple as saying hello, making common requests, or using Spanish pet names will impress your guy as it shows you are truly interested in his culture. 

Learn a few dance moves to impress him

The quickest way to a Costa Rican man’s heart is through dance. Don’t worry; you don’t have to suddenly become a salsa expert. Just learn a few moves be willing to have some fun with them. 

Get on the family’s good side 

Family means everything for these men. So if you want to win his heart, you may have first to win his family’s approval. Fortunately, they are usually super friendly and welcoming, which will make things easier for you. 

Be confident

Finally, be confident in yourself. Costa Rican men find this very sexy. And if you feel too shy, just fake it till you make it. 

Bottom Line 

You are definitely in for a treat if you are seriously considering dating a Costa Rican man. And with all the tips and information we have provided, you have everything you need to bag yourself your very own Costa Rican Prince Charming. 

Tina is your Latin dating expert. She has traveled all over Latin America and dated many nationalities over the last decade. You can trust her advice and any tips she gives about dating Latino men.

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