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7 songs you need to listen to that will get you dreaming of Costa Rica

Recently updated on July 24th, 2023 at 04:17 pm

There is no better way to get in the Pura Vida mood than by listening to these Costa Rica songs. Costa Rica is known for their diverse music scene, especially in the capital of San José where many Costa Rican musicians come from. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best Costa Rican music that will instantly transport you to the tropics. If these Costa Rica songs inspire you to book your next vacation, be sure to check out the range of tours that Trafalgar offers.

Debi Nova – Quédate

Debi Nova is a singer-songwriter from San Jose with an impressive resume. From singing background vocals for Britney Spears to guest appearing on television shows to producing award-winning music, like Quédate, her lively pop and dance music will leave you wanting more.

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Café Surá – Sol Poniente

Café Surá have been making waves in the Costa Rican music scene since for some time now, ever since they formed as a band in high school. If you’re looking for a Costa Rica song to sway and sing-a-long to, look no further than the catchy Sol Poniente. It’s a laidback reggae tune that features soft vocals and catchy instrumental breaks.

Walter Ferguson – Cabin in the Wata

Walter Ferguson is a famous Costa Rican musician hailing from the Cahuita district. His music falls under the genre of Calypso and his career spans over seven decades. Walter Ferguson’s Cabin in the Wata is a classic and a must-listen to discover the sounds of Costa Rica.

MishCatt – Goofy

MishCatt is one of the most popular acts to come from Costa Rica. In fact, her debut EP, which was released in 2016, made her the most-played Costa Rican musician on Spotify. In the video for her popular track, Goofy, you’ll see beautiful shots of MishCatt skateboarding through the streets and along the lush beaches of Costa Rica.

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Passiflora – Moonlight

In addition to all of the reggae, pop, dance and latin Costa Rica songs that dominate the music scene, there is also a large number of indie and folk bands to come from the country. Passiflora, who formed in 2011, are a great example of this. A lot of their music is inspired by the beauty of nature, which Costa Rica is known for, and their single Moonlight is no exception.

Cocofunka – Coleccionista

This Costa Rica song by Cocofunka will make you want to dance. The group is known for their alternative sound that can be described as a mix of rock, reggae and funk. They formed in 2008 with the aim of integrating new sounds into traditional Costa Rican music. The result is an upbeat, energetic vibe that’s truly unique.

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Ojo de Buey & Blackdali – Uppercut

Ojo de Buey is one of the most popular reggae bands to come out of Costa Rica. They’re known for combining Afro-Carribean rhythms with Latin American lyrics. Their latest song, Uppercut, created in partnership with Blackdali, is a must-listen to experience the sounds of this Costa Rican musician.

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