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A Night Out in Nicoya

By Oliver Pérez

Sometimes residents and visitors of Nicoya's coastal areas find themselves "stuck" for one night in Nicoya. They might lose their bus or ride back to their hometown, or they just simply have to spend the night in the colonial city to run errands the next day. Many decide to book a room at a hotel and go straight to bed, however, Nicoya offers much more.

Karaoke, dancing, food, and soccer are just part of the menu of ongoing activities that you might find. Although the city may seem desolate at night, just walk around a bit and you will find a wide range of possibilities to have fun.

If sports are your thing, sports activities are almost always taking place at the Polideportivo's gym. Located near the Chorotega stadium, there is an indoor soccer field where many teams go to play. Here you can spend some time, caught up in the excitement of indoor soccer.

Verolis Restaurant, Chile relleno

However, if you enjoy karaoke, singing gets going on Thursdays at Chari's Bar, located right across from the Barrantes gas station; on Fridays and Sundays at the Guanaticos Bar while at El Crucero Bar, which is located next to the traffic lights at the city's main entrance, it is an everyday thing!

Nicoya also offers a varied cuisine, both traditional and fusion. For example, at the newly opened restaurant Verolís, located in Barrio San Martín next to Los Delfines carwash, you will experience a friendly atmosphere, with traditional and international cuisine and a wide choice of cocktails. You may be confused by the restaurant's elegant atmosphere but prices are very affordable.

If your palate prefers seafood, we recommend Rincón del Marisco, which is located behind the old brewery, next to the Barrantes gas station on the main road. If you are looking for a tasty chifrijo, you will find it at Eli's Bar, right across Radio Cultural, 100 meters east of the Court.

On the other hand, if you enjoy leaving your mark on the dance floor, dances with live bands are always held on Fridays and Saturdays at several of the city's dance halls. You just have to ask around and see which dances or parties are going on that day. Tickets usually cost $8.

And for music lovers, live music may be enjoyed at the park every Wednesday at 7 pm. The Orquesta Sinfónica 25 de julio (July 25th Symphony Orchestra) holds concerts here throughout the summer.

Although it may not seem so, within the colonial city's nighttime solitude, it is just a matter of venturing out cautiously and seeing what might be found around its corners.


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