THC Does Central America: San José

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After Panama City, I took a flight straight to San José. San José arrival pro-tip: You don’t need to take the taxi from the airport to the centre. If you just walk a bit further down the street, the bus will take you to a bus terminal in town for $1 dollar, in stead of the $25 taxi taxi trip. From there you can take a taxi to your hotel.

Arriving in San José

The city looked a lot less developed than Panama city. There’s no skyscrapers and a lot of the buildings are run down. I arrived on a Sunday and there were a lot of people out, it looked very lively. 

When I arrive at my hotel I immediately had a bad feeling about the place as I checked in. The reception girl barely gave me a look, like she was annoyed she had to do her job. She immediately starts rattling off the hotel rules.

“No guests allowed”

Bad hunch confirmed. I don’t let it bother me too much and decide to go for a walk to find lunch and to see the city. 

There is not a lot to see or do in San José. You have the National Theatre and some museums and that’s it. It’s also more expensive than Panama and Colombia. 

teatro nacional

Teatro Nacional, San José

I walk around the shopping street behind the National Theatre and manage to find a cheap place to eat where the locals go. It’s hidden in the cellar floor of one of the little galleries. You can eat a big plate of rice, beans and meat for two dollars: perfect. 

The Tica people I saw here are a mix of everything. You see a lot of weird people, ugly people, light skinned, dark skinned. But occasionally you’ll see a really cute girl, who kind of looks out of place. 

My Tica Girl

A girl from Tinder texts that she wants to meet up close to where I am, dale. So I meet her in front of a bar in the shopping street. She looks less attractive than her pics, but bangable. I’m a bit disappointed but decide I’ll have a drink with her anyway.

We go into the bar and I start drinking some beers. The girl is actually pretty cool and fun to interact with. And the more beers I drink, the better she started to look.

Well, I’m here and she seems DTF… What else is a man to do.

We take a taxi to my hotel and walk straight to my room. I’m worried about the reception girl bitching and having to argue in front of my date, but there’s a new girl at the reception who lets us walk by without saying a word.

There’s zero LMR. I bang her. Nothing great. Forgettable lay.

The next day I check out to find a better hotel. The reception bitch is working again.

“That will be 20 dollars extra you have to pay sir. You had a guest over.”


You can pay an entire new hotel room for 20 dollars here. Moreover she only was here for an hour. I refuse to pay for this rip-off but shit starts to escalates pretty fast. She’s pointing at the rule book, other staff gets involved and they start calling “la policia”.

I remember getting evicted from my hotel by cops in Barranquilla and there’s no way winning these arguments as a gringo. You just end up losing a lot of time and you could get yourself in more trouble.

Over all my travels, I’ve had so many clashes with reception girls. It’s like they feel it’s their duty to cock block you.

Reception dudes on the other hand get you high fives and nods of approval.

New Hotel, New Girl

My new hotel is a lot better and in a better location.

I had been texting with girl I met in Panama. She wants to come visit me for a few days and go to the beach. Great. San José is pretty boring anyway and I’ve heard a lot of good things about the beaches in Costa Rica.

She texts me she will arrive the next morning.

Perfect, in that case I’ll just call it an early night. I’m looking forward to spending some time with one girl to change the pace.

*beep beep* new message.

A new Tinder girl just texted me.

Are you still in San José?
Which hotel are you?
Can I come for a drink in your hotel?

It’s a Korean girl traveling Central America. I was already in my bed ready to sleep but since she’s coming straight over, I’m not going to deny.

I let her come to my hotel and we have a drink at the lounge bar, and exchange some travel stories. She’s really open and adventurous for an Asian girl.

I take her to my room to “show my travel pics”.

“Okay, but no sex!”

It’s funny how many times I’ve heard that line. It’s a girl’s mechanism to avoid all responsibility for the sex that is about to happen; some kind of “I said no sex, but we ended up having sex; so it’s not my fault, it doesn’t count, I’m not slutty”-reasoning.

After I show her the token travel pics we start making out and it seems she had already forgotten about her “no sex” proclamation. She starts moaning, opens up her legs and lifts up her skirt. She’s wearing sexy panties, what a surprise. She gives some token LMR as I take of her panties, but that’s it. I bang her and… damn, this girl had a tight pussy: #Asians.

Great lay.

She asks if she can stay over. I feel bad sending her out quite late at night by herself so I let her sleep over. I tell her she has to get out really early because I don’t really know what time the next girl will show up.


Shittiest Beach

Luckily everything goes smooth and she’s gone before my girl from Panama arrives. I really liked this girl. We spent one more day together in San José and then went to the beaches.

We picked the wrong beach however. I went to Jaco, officially the ugliest beach I’ve been to. The sand and the water are black, the town is full of old hippies and crack whore prostitutes yet somehow it’s still expensive as fuck.

I’d get depressed here if I had spend one more day.

jaco sucks

Jaco beach sucks!

I’m glad I had my girl come over, she’s really cool and we do manage to have a good time there. My original plan was to stay a bit longer in Costa Rica and do some surfing, but after seeing this shit hole, I decided to go straight to Managua, Nicaragua.

…which turns out to be an equally big shit hole. Next week’s post, stay tuned!


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I’m TravelHardcore, but people simply call me THC, although I don’t smoke. I speak several languages and suffer from insomnia. I left a well paying job, stuck in a miserable office to go out and see the world. I simply live for adventure. Cheers.

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  • WOW! I was talking to this guy once and he talked up Jaco like it was a must see. I was gona make fun of you for bringing sand to the beach but looks like it was the right move this time.

    • Someone recommended it to me as well. I’m never going back there for sure.

    • Jon

      It might have been recommended to you because you’re a single guy who might have been talking about “meeting” women. I was in Costa Rica several years ago heading to Manuel Antonio and we passed Jaco so I asked some people about it. The consensus was that it’s cool if you want to see a black sand beach and hookers otherwise head to Manuel Antonio.

      I’m looking forward to hearing about Nicaragua. I’ve always heard there was cool stuff to do there from seeing luchadores to sandboarding.

    • Jon, you are 100% on the money, thinking back it was recommended after exchanging some stories about hooking up with women in different countries. For some people hooking up = p4p. Next wednesday I’ll post on Nicaragua, mixed experience there!

    • Brianmark

      THC, I was in Jaco Beach just about the same time you were there. I have to agree with you 100% that the place is nothing. It is only one street. It is not their busy season now, but Jaco was the most boring beach town I have ever been to! All the restaurants and bars were empty. There were no Ticas in town looking to party. I didn’t see any crack whores. I talked to some expat guys living there who weren’t even alcoholics. I met some USA exchange students down for the weekend from San Jose. Jaco is not cheap and the prices were about the same as the USA. This is a highly over rated place.

    • Hight over rated and highly overcharging!

  • Yeah THC you have been having the worst luck with hotels evicting haha. time to move to airbnb travel

    • Ive been having AirBnb bad luck too. Like the owner’s mom living next door, counting how many girls I bring back and reporting me. Had to game myself out of a bad review 😉

  • splooge

    dam thats pretty forward of that korean girl, you must have model esque looks

    • I had the look she digs. I checked her facebook and it’s full of pics with dudes who kind of look like me. No doubt that girl had a lot of “travel experience”

    • Harry

      I always wondered how you and the other authors from this page look like. I mean you definitely have game, but you pull so many girls I think you are pretty good looking too. I understand that you won’t post a pic of you, but how would you describe your look? like how tall, muscular, hair style, face etc.

    • Eventually we’ll post some pics. My look: I’m 6ft, normal build (200lbs), balding, my hair trimmed short.

    • splooge

      lol think shes tryin to replace “the one that got away”.
      hmm lotta milage and still tight. either the previous guys are tiny or she hasnt been worn out yet ….or you got a ur rockin a pop can for a dick…so which is it

      what kinda pic u used for tinder outta curiosity since tinder game is heavy on looks n she was very forward

    • Pussy tightness works in mysterious ways. I use a lot of travel pics in my profile, had the pics preselected by several girls. Next time you close a Tinder date, have her check your profile as a game and ask her about it. Ask to see hers as well, it’s fun and you can get some insights

    • Da Mick

      THC is dead on. Costa RIca sucks ,the juice is not worth the squezze . I don’t even want to chance anywhere else in Central America except Panama .Ecuador is pretty good especially if you like to surf.Start from Guayaquil and go up the Costa Azul. Montanita has people from all over the globe .Colombia is the absolute best ,especially Medellin and Pereira as far as abundance , quality and quanity of women . I feel that Paisa’s have more charming personalities and are more trustworthy. Cali girls (Calena’s) have a little more drama , and Bogota girls (Rollo’s) are known to run a little more game. I’ve never been to the Atlantic side unfortunately but I’m from Queens ,NY and we have a lot of Colombiana’s from.all over Colombia..Matter of fact, lol we have a lot of everything. Women wise I think Venezuelanas are right up there too but I’ve never been there either , I’m just judging by what I see here …..Keep up the good research fellas & best of luck

    • Great comment Da Mick. I’m currently back in Medellin, I needed to be in a fixed location for a while after all the roaming around. I’m gonna stay here for a while, found a great setup. After that I’m looking into going Cali / Ecuador / Argentine.

  • Ian

    Swoop Crew,
    What Latin citites have you guys see the most bodies like this girl in purple in @1:36 in of this clip-

    • Brianmark

      This guy goes to some interesting places, but his videos are BORING.

    • Ian

      Did you expect him to party like Katt Williams or Rick James (RIP and I’ve known people from Miami who have actually partied with Rick James @ his house) on a backpacker budget?

      I think he does a solid job of showing what places are like and highlighting a decent amount of features in just 10 minutes of footage on YT like he tends to do.

      More importantly-
      What per we would make it more “fun”? Give an example of who does this?

    • The Backpackers budget no excuse because if you check out my videos Im on a tighter budget then most and I Party Like a Rockstar. It’s knowing where to go in the country you’re in hand your personal needs a shine in the video. He just doesn’t look like the type that would party and have a lot of fun. He looks like the hippie that would be cool with grabbing coffee on the beach. I’m not trying to throll him just saying my opinion.

    • A good place to go Dominican Republic, Columbia, Venezuela, and Argentina. As here in my opinion and it experience you find what you’re looking for. In Dominican Republic go to Santiago that’s where most light skin girls are from

    • Good advice Franz, Santo Domingo and Santiago are quite different in DR. Venezuela should have great potential and hot girls, but every Venezuelan I’ve talked to have been formally recommending me NOT to go for the time being, seeing the situation there. I’m sure it’s a bit exaggerated but the stories are consistent. It should get better there again in a year or two.

      You had a good time in Argentina? Which places did you go? I’d like to visit it as well.

    • I heard of how bad Venezuela is right now. I never been to Argentina but when I was in NYC I went to a festival for Argentinian people, SOOOO many hot girls fresh off the boat. I was going to Buenos Ares but the pipelining results where really bad for me. Might be me technique, I have changed me technique a little bit and it seems to do 10-15% better now. So, I’ll try Argentina again in December.

    • Tinder Scouting is a lot of fun 😉 I’m really curious about Argentina, I’m gonna check if there are reasonably priced flights available. Else it will be for LatAm Part 2

  • So many people including 20 has told me that Costa Rica is not the place to go. I was going to go for my first vlog there a few months back but decided to go to Dominican Republic instead. Costa Rica it seems like a shitty place no ofence.

    • San José is boring, there’s nothing to see or do. I can only speak about Jaco beach, maybe there are some other beach location that are better, but I’m not about the beach village setup any way. You made the right call going to the DR over CR

    • Yea, I am going to Costa Rica eventually but only with a date. A girl who can pay for her own ticket there, or like you a girl from Panama that can travel to C.R. to visit me. Is it bad that I enjoy the Country less if I don’t get laid? Even if the country is amazing….

    • Can you even really say you’ve “been” in a country without having smashed a local girl 😉

      For San José, you’ll be fine and find a girl easily. But for the beach resorts it’s better to go with a date indeed

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