The Del Rey’s Web site is respectable enough—“Children under 12 stay free“ is a nice touch—but the bad shit, the stuff that’ll get you in trouble, starts on the first link that comes up on Google. For another thing, Costa Rica is close, a four-hour flight out of Atlanta.
No, it’s an average hotel with an intermittent ant problem. “We only want the people that want to spend a Pura Vida’ time.“Yet the whoremongers came in droves anyway.
What’s nice about it, though, is that it’s a Holiday Inn. And by the early 1990s, they’d branded Costa Rica with a reputation as a sex haven—a reputation that stuck and then exploded near the end of the century. For one thing, prostitution is legal, or at least isn’t illegal: The business isn’t tad or regulated like, say, casinos or bars, but there is no law against an adult selling his or her body for cash.
(ABC7’s ominous tagline—“ the Shameful Obsession“—would suggest as much, too.) The so-called Michigan Boys, on the other hand, might tilt toward dabbler.
They hold a legitimate annual fishing tournament, one that in 2004 drew 167 contestants—including a suburban police chief, a school-board president, and a judge—only it was based at a resort that happened to be stocked with prostitutes.
There are also at least eleven companies that offer either complete package tours to San José, including airfare, or lodging, transportation, and women once you land.