If you're travelling to Costa Rica, you might as well be told (if you don't already know). Prostitution is legal here, and is a part of the tourist economy. If you tour downtown San Jose or Jaco at night, it'll be more than evident.
If that's what floats your boat, and you don't break any laws while you're at it, you're free to go about your business.
In downtown San Jose, the Hotel del Rey is the main place to go. Nearby is Key Largo, another bar where prostitutes can be found. Aside from that, most hotels can hook you up if you ask discreetly at the front desk. In Jaco, the Monkey bar is the preferred hookup spot.
Aside from those, numerous strip clubs (called "night clubs" here) operate throughout the metro area and tourist spots.
Health cards and similarEdit
There's no "health card" or legislation requiring anything of the sort among prostitutes here. You're at your own risk. Always play it safe and use protection.
Beware of internet sites offering hookups and company in Costa Rica. Many of these sites are phishing scams, looking to collect credit card numbers. If you're going to come to Costa Rica for hookers, do it in person. Make sure your money goes into your enjoyment, and not into internet fraud.
Prostitution and sex with minors is illegal in Costa Rica. Legal age of consent is 18. Anyone over 18 carries ID or a driver's license, which you can ask for, to avoid getting into trouble.
Be aware that if you are accused of buying sex from minors, you will face up to 10 years in prison locally. Aside from that, if you are a US Citizen, you may be extradited and charged under the US legal system, as if the crime had been commited in the US.
Minors who are employed as prostitutes have been classified as a higher-risk group for STDs and HIV, which is another reason to avoid this group altogether.