Many Places to Find Amorous Adventures
For the man who looks for adventure and sporadic sexual encounters, there are many motels where he can take a woman. In Costa Rica the word MOTEL is almost synonymous with a place for spurious and furtive sexual activity. The telephone Yellow Pages list some motels many of which are located in the San Francisco de Dos Rios area south of San José. Many others are not listed and most don't have any sign at all at their entrance. The ones that do have a sign have exotic-sounding names. Actually, as of this writing, 120 motels and whore houses (casas de citas) are legally registered mostly in the San José area. Nobody knows how many non-legal ones exist. There are several categories of rooms which have a different cost and you or your girl friend can call for prices whenever the telephone number is available. Some are luxurious and even have turbulent waters and expensive furniture. Up through the 1950s, San José was still a small city and you could meet acquaintances practically everywhere you went as usually occurs in small towns. So whenever a couple drove on its way to a motel, the girl in the front seat would automatically duck a few blocks before the entrance lest she be recognized by an acquaintance. Today, with the city's fast population growth, ducking is no more necessary.
In recent years investors have built more motels, since they're good money-makers and apparently a sure investment, although most of the municipalities have stiffened requisites before authorizing their legal construction and operation. To justify their granting permission to build, they contend that all is not bad since many clients of the motels are married couples who can't find any privacy at home and can find it only there. Strong opposition has come especially from home owners of the vicinity who want to protect the morals of their children. But some of their cries are unheard since apparently money is stronger than morality to some authorities.
Motels do a brisk business every day of the week. A study made in August 2002 revealed that Fridays from 4 pm to 9 pm. and Saturday afternoons are the hours in which business is the best. Some of the better known motels during those hours have a full house and no vacancies available. Prices range according to the amenities and luxury of the individual motels with prices going from $10 for three hours to $20 for 24 hours. Minors are not allowed to enter.
I still haven't been able to understand why in San Jose two striptease clubs and bars are side by side neighbours to two gathering places of religious sects. Is it a coincidence that they should be next-door neighbours? Or was it intended for the striptease clubs to corrupt the religious and for the sects to convert the clubs' clients?