Avenida 13 and Calle 22, Barrio Mexico
Costa Rica, Costa Rica
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NileGuide Expert tip:

Warm up at the upstairs bar, get your groove on downstairs.


If you really want to dance in San Jose, you must go to Castro's. With music ranging from salsa to reggaeton to the occasional trance selection, Castro's aims to please a wide variety of dancers, though the main focus is on latin music and moves. Castro's first opened many years ago as a simple bar and has since become recognized as a Costa Rican landmark. From its humble beginnings as a little hideaway bar to its expansion in size and stature, Castro's continues to feel like a good old fashioned latin disco. The action at this classic discoteque is spread throughout different rooms and levels, each with spacious parquet wood dance floors for showing off fancy footwork. Plenty of couples come to Castro's together, but singles will have no trouble fitting in alone or finding a partner to swing and sway the night away with. It's not a fancy place, but sometimes folks get dressed up, and you definitely won't see flip flops and t-shirts, unless they've slipped past the doorman. True to its traditional roots when Costa Rican dads and grandads used to come to dance, Castro's still offers little snacks with drinks, and a quiet corner may be found to sip, watch, and catch your breath between numbers.

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