Blue Marlin Bar, San José
Right off the bat, I will tell you this-if you have done previous research on the Blue Marlin Bar, you have already heard that it is crawling with over-friendly whores. Well, they weren't lying. On any given night, especially nights like the Saturday and Sunday nights we were there, it is like being in any packed nightclub-only think of 50-70% of the persons inside are whores. No exaggeration.
This took some getting adjusted to, because whores are nowhere near my thing!
At least most of them get the message. When they approach (some will even not show any manners and just interrupt your conversations), all you have to do is hold your hand up to give the "stop" signal, and then they move on. But more girls than what you'll care to put with will be more pushy, try to sit on your lap, etc. Then you are provoked and subsequently forced to have to get somewhat rude and say something like "Beat it, you stinky whore." (Thanks for the tip, Mark.)
But if you are a patient and understanding guy, you'll also run into some "prostitutes" that are more civilized. Who you can say hi to and have a quick civilized chat with.
When you get passed that, you'll realize that the Blue Marlin is a pretty good place! They play great music, and lots of sports games on the TV, and has a pretty decent sized casino. The very pretty bartenders are down to earth, and were nice enough to keep sending us shots.
THE BLUE MARLIN BAR IS OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY. Good luck trying to sleep if you stay at the Del Ray!
Dress Code: Dress for the weather. It can get a little cool at night.
Here is an edited picture (as to not reveal identities here) to give you an idea of a typical scene at the Blue Marlin Bar. You'll note that you'll be surrounded by many beautiful girls, who will probably do anything you want them to do, but for a price.
My philosophy is, "if you have to pay for it then you don't deserve it."
I stay away. But some of you guys, I'm sure, will be in Heaven on Earth. Bring plenty of prophylactics. Don't buy them in San Jose, Ive heard they are more expensive there. Wonder why.
Disneyland for men is how one of the fellow drinkers at the bar described it. Yip, a smorgasbord of mui caliente chicas from all over central/South America -- a geography lesson which soon leads to a biology lesson. Sadly it's only open 24 hours a day!
Best bar east of Bangkok. 'Nuff said.
Dress Code: Undress code, more like it!
I dont want any one to get the wrong impression of this fantastic place. I have been to the bar/cascino numerous times in my two trips to costa rica. about to be my third. the bar caters to Americans, they have EVERYTHING an american wants. or we would not keep coming back and the place would shut down. the prostitutes are more classy than alot of girls I've met in the U.S. and i am a female. (straight female) almost ANY bar has them in it. beleve me, ive been to them too. they will not bother you if they know that are unavailable or uninterested. I have a friend that lives in San Jose part time and he takes almost every one here at least once. I would not reccomend staying at the Hotel Del Rey if you want any peace, but this bar is a must see for any one passing through San Jose. for any woman stopping in the bar, dont be suprised in the bathroom, Its more like a staging area. dont be offended. they are trying to make a living in a completly legal profession. i must admit that its weird at first, but u will get used to it if you have an open mind. most of them are trying to get through college. And if its a slow night, you will find this out because you dont have to pay for a conversation!!