Heredia is a mere 10 km north of the capital, San Jose. It’s a friendly little town. The only reason you would have heard of it is if you ever considered a study abroad option in Costa Rica; almost the only known attraction in this town is the University of Costa Rica. The city is a perfect choice to escape the craziness of San Jose, with enough pretty young women to keep you visually stimulated.
WEATHER: Comfortable (15-25 °C). Rainy season May-October
MUST DO: Parque Central. It’s not only a must do, it is one of the few things you can do it a town this small. Take a seat and do some building watching and people watching.
DATING IN HEREDIA
I’ve heard that Heredia is one of the best places to find a Costa Rican girl. Not that there aren’t good ones in other cities, it’s just that they are more likely to be pros or parasites. In Heredia, the girls are sweet, classy and seem to be interested in you for more than just colons. You’ll be able to build rapport here quite easily. I recommend (obviously) staying close to the university, which won’t be too hard because Heredia is a small city. Girls will be likely be interested in you unless you’re a complete fool, but they will also know that you’re not staying long, so this could prevent them from engaging in sack play the first night.
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WOMEN IN HEREDIA
Yeah, I’ll toss it a 6.5. It’s no Colombia, but it’s better than towns of the same size in Panama. It was actually much better than I expected in this respect: Heredia women on the whole are pretty good looking.
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RENT AN APARTMENT IN HEREDIA
$350.00-$400.00. Expats have drove the property rental prices up in Costa Rica. Even in Heredia, it seems.
NIGHTLIFE IN HEREDIA
So it turns out that size doesn’t matter!! For a town of about 20,000, Heredia does a fine job of nightlife. The people are what makes going out pleasant here. There are plenty of pretty university girls that’ll make your heart yearn after you leave; even the guys are friendly!
I recommend: Bulevar Relax. For once, Lonely Planet was right: Bulevar really is the place to be in this town. The joint is packed nuts-to-roof on the weekend with fun-loving students. The price is right too.
IS HEREDIA SAFE?
Yes, it is safe. The people in Heredia are friendly and, unlike most of the country, I found them refreshingly honest and forthright. This is often a welcome surprise once you get away from beach destinations in countries that are primarily known for their beaches!
COST OF LIVING IN HEREDIA
GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.40 Loaf of Bread= $1.50 Eggs= $3.20 Water (1.5L)= $2.10 Cigarettes= $3.00
BOTTLE OF BEER: $2.00
TAXI: No more than $3.00 to cruise around here.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $15.00
Here? Not really. Although in other parts of the country where more tourists go you’ll probably be able to teach English or something.
As a country, Costa Rica does not do much for me. There is quite a bit of of petty crime, people trying to cheat you at every turn and it has a bad case of gringovitus. Heredia is the star pupil of this country. If you want to skip the above hassles, skip San Jose, skip the beaches and have a pleasant stay in Heredia!
OVERALL RATING: 7/10
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