In Costa Rica we find a generalized typical clothing that consists of a brightly colored dress for women and a simple suit for men. However, in each province there are several differences. Therefore, in this article, we give you information about the traditional clothing of each area of ​​the country.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.


In Alajuela, the traditional female costume consists of a loose cotton shirt with ruffles, a rebozo or brightly colored shawl and a silk petticoat with soft colors.

Likewise, a black velvet ribbon with a cross or a gold medallion is typical around the neck. As for the hair, braids adorned with colored ribbons are combed. The shoes are patent leather ankle boots, although they can also go barefoot.

The men's version is made up of a white long-sleeved shirt, a red scarf and jeans. They usually accompany it with a gold ring and go barefoot or with leather sandals or falls.


The women of Cartago, in the Central Region, wear a blouse or cotton with lace, a skirt with three ruffles and ankle boots. Both a veil and a hat are worn on the head.

On the other hand, men wear a blanket jacket, a white or black hat, a jacket or vest, and a tie. In the following video you can see photos of the traditional clothing of Cartago and other provinces:


In Guanacaste, the typical costume for women consists of a blouse or camisole with puffed sleeves and a white, ruffled cotton petticoat. The men wear white cotton trousers, a chemise with a different colored front, and a hat.

On the other hand, to practice each dance different clothes are usually used. In the case of small bottle, the girls wear a lace and flared dress. The considered young ladies (the single women) wear a mantilla and the ladies shawl.


The traditional dress in Heredia is different. Colors are generally darker and garments more conservative.

In the case of women, they wear a plain cotton or silk blouse with a high neck, a long petticoat, a black silk towel on the back, and black patent leather ankle boots.


The province of Limón is located in the east of Costa Rica. In this area, the typical clothing for women is made up of a white blouse with ruffles and colored trims, a long skirt in bright colors, leather sandals and a flower on the head. Sometimes an apron is also worn.

Likewise, the men wear a white shirt, long pants, a sash at the waist, a neckerchief and a small hat. As for footwear, they wear sandals or falls Leather.


In Puntarenas, the women wear a ruffled dress and, over it, a large scarf decorated with flowers and sequins. The footwear consists of black leather or patent leather boots. Another characteristic element is the fan.

The most repeated colors in this area are white and orange. As for men, they usually dress in full white.

San Jose

San José's traditional female costume consists of a skirt and a ruffled blouse. A black velvet necklace with a gold medallion is worn around the neck. Also, natural flowers are put in the hair.

Among the different colors, white and purple stand out. The traditional clothing of the man consists of a black suit, black boots, a scarf around the neck and a hat.

Questions from users

What do the colors of the typical Costa Rican costume mean?

Sometimes the colors used in Costa Rican dresses are blue, white and red, which refer to the country's flag. However, they can also be in other colors, which convey joy, as they are usually lively.

When is traditional clothing used in Costa Rica?

The aforementioned typical costumes are not used every day. They are usually dressed on important dates such as national holidays or some cultural events.

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