The magicians, who perform right next to customers, are skilled, entertaining, and know enough English to communicate so that everyone can enjoy a fun night to remember. Meiji Jingu – Tokyo Tucked away in a 70-hectare (170-acre) forest, Meiji Jingu can be found in a peaceful stretch of nature that makes you forget the hustle and bustle of the city located around its perimeter.
If you’re more interested in pure gambling, the Colonial Casino next door is considerably less trashy.
The remainder of the nightlife seems contained to San José and the surrounding suburbs at a few venues: Vertigo for the up-all-night crowd, El Steinvorth for the artists and musicians, and the Del Rey for lonely fellows (and yes, the woman in the tiny dress smiling at you is most likely a prostitute).
If you’re like me, and you’ve been to these venues a few too many times, a different experience might involve carrying your hammock into the woods and sleeping there, maybe with that special bottle of whisky by your side.
, as are Playa Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula, Dominical on the southern Pacific coast, and Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean.
The most bangin’ beach town, though, has got to be Jacó—particularly if you are part of a rowdy bachelor party.