If I ever go to the area again, I’d make sure to check this area out first before I booked anything long-term. If you are staying in San Pedro, I would skip hotels and hostels and try to grab an apartment. Weekly rates can be found for 5 - 150 with monthly rates going for 0 - 500.
Still, I spent around 5 weeks in Costa Rica with a majority of them being in San Pedro, the university town suburb of San Jose.
Truly, I didn’t really see any benefit in being in Costa Rica over Panama.
While I wasn't a huge fan, I have met some men who loved the country. Tico men are smaller and I think my upper body size was a bit of a deterrent for them.
A small European guy I knew got jacked at an ATM for 0.
San Jose and San Pedro are both ugly places in my opinion.
You can see some mountains on the skyline, but the architecture is not impressive. This threw the vibe off quite a bit in my experiences.
If you’re in downtown San Jose, you’ll want to go into a number of shops and stores as you walk around to find some Costa Rica Ticas.
The girls working the counters are pretty open to chatting, as they don’t get many customers.
Online is a bit played out due to the influx of traveling gringos, but it’s still worth a shot.
The capital of Costa Rica is San Jose (San Pedro) and is certainly the best city for dating Costa Rican women if that's what you're looking for. I stumbled around drunk numerous times late at night, sometimes alone and sometimes with a girl. However, I heardof a number of people getting jumped near the mall at dusk and at night.
I did hear some great things about Tamarindo, which is a beach town on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica with good surf and nightlife, but I didn’t check it out. Costa Rica is great for nature, good for beaches, and can be a lot of fun - but it isn’t good for a budget traveler looking to bang a number of hot chicks.