Last year criminal prosecutors in Costa Rica officially confirmed that small scale narcotics possession cases were no longer being prosecuted. Many had suspected that such a policy had been in place for some time. Officials, however were reluctant to immediately confirm the truth.
Unfortunately many men who come to San Jose to meet local ladies are also tempted by the lure of cheap and easy to obtain narcotics. Under the new policy, citizens caught by police with small amounts of cocaine, marijuana, heroin or methamphetamine can at worst expect to face a night in jail and confiscation of their stash. Foreigners caught on the street with drugs can still expect to be extorted or robbed by the police. Those who are more discrete recruit their local girlfriends to buy the drugs and bring it to their hotel rooms.
The drug of choice in Costa Rica is cocaine, which has a street price between $5 and $8 gram. The level of purity is also much higher than in the United States where the price is ten fold. Higher quality marijuana, by comparison can cost more in Costa Rica than in the United States.
Many of the taxi drivers who park in front of hotels known for romance tourism can usually get DEA Schedule III drugs in a matter of hours. Benzodiazepines and Anabolic steroids are especially popular choices that are easy to obtain in Costa Rica.