Safety.... here's an extract from one of our Costa Rica safety pieces:
- There are plenty of beautiful and safe areas to visit in Costa Rica, however, as in any country there are some places that are best avoided.
The areas of Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Tamarindo, Jaco and Puerto Viejo all boast a higher crime rate. They aren’t necessarily “no-go” spots, but if you do travel there be especially careful and aware of your surroundings. San Jose, like any big city, can be riskier particularly after dark. It is advised that you avoid any of the parks there at night as they are considered very dangerous.
If you plan on visiting some of the banana plantations in Limon, be certain that there is a security guard on your tour bus. Those that lack proper protection are frequently targeted by thieves and other criminals. You should also avoid camping on any of the beaches for safety reasons.
A good rule of thumb is that anyplace that tourists frequent is going to be a location that criminals lurk.
The ports of Puntarenas and Limon are especially vulnerable to criminal activity, as are any other public transportation hubs.
Bars and nightclubs are often havens for thugs, like the Gringo Gulch area of San Jose. Take extra care when visiting any of these night spots.
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Phil over 7 years ago