The First Trip Experience

Everyone reading this is either contemplating his first visit or remembers his first visit.

Before the first visit, the questions and imaginings run wild. I myself had images in my mind that were very little like what I actually found once my sandals hit the pavement. I did quite a bit of reading and research, more than most visitors I have met since, but I quickly realized that my interpretation of what I had read was going to need serious revision.

This was back in 2004, and the amount of photos and videos available was minuscule. I had mental images of the Blue Marlin bar and San Jose in general that were quite far removed from reality. But beyond my illusions of how things would look lay a more important issue. My preconceptions and ignorance of the nature of the “business” and “scene” was what really needed serious help.

The first time visitor is confronted with situations and choices that are virtually impossible to prepare for in advance. Dedicated readers of sex-tourism forums will come across a ton of advice and information. But it is very difficult for the newbie to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. He will read a glowing report about a particular “massage parlor” and a particular “chica” only to discover that the chica is no longer working at that location, or sometimes that the business itself is kaput. There will be advice from one “seasoned monger” that is contradicted totally (and sometimes nastily) by a different “seasoned monger.” And neither point of view may even make much sense to a newcomer.

6946080029_9da9ed6870_oI have given quite a few “introductory” tours to first timers, and although I do my best to provide the most useful information I can based on what I think each individual needs, I generally find myself addressing about half of my narrative trying to rid my “client” of his false preconceptions. I never succeed completely, though I do feel that some of my clients are definitely on the road to “wisdom” even if they have a ways to go.

Back in the day, there was considerably less information available. Daniel Caro’s book, Sex Travel Guide for San Jose, Costa Rica gives a ton of very concrete information regarding where to stay, how to find the venues that provide female company and what to expect in terms of cost and service, along with hotel and transportation options. For a more personal point of view, I humbly submit my own literary efforts, Dances with Prostitutes and MORE Dances with Prostitutes to give an idea of the kind of real interaction you can expect with working girls. And there is also my Clueless Clyde series to serve as a sort of comic how NOT to book.

It’s up to you if you want to just land at the airport and let the chips fall where they may, or do your homework. Either way, you are in for an education. It’s only a matter of how long it will take to reach a comfort zone, and how much it will cost.
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