Is it safe to travel in Costa Rica? is one of the most often asked questions we receive from tourists. The majority of our Anywhere Travel Experts are based in La Fortuna and have watched Costa Rica grow over the years into one of the most well-liked tourist destinations in the world. Every year, millions of tourists go to Costa Rica because of its intriguing biodiversity and spectacular landscape, which includes beaches, cloud forests, and volcanoes. Although this country is peaceful and democratic, it is still in its early stages of development, therefore it is crucial to use the same caution you would in a foreign country or large metropolis. Although there is crime in Costa Rica, compared to other Central American nations, most visitors say they feel safe there.
Once inside the nation, hotels, restaurants, public transportation, and tourist sites must adhere to tight rules for the protection of customers and personnel, and mask use is required in some areas.
All the trips, activities, and experiences that were previously offered are still available, and because to the strict cleaning and social seclusion procedures that have been implemented, they are now much safer.
We are confident in advising you to travel throughout this stunning nation, but we do ask that you abide by these rules so that you can safely take advantage of everything “Pura Vida” Costa Rica has to offer.
Keep track of where your possessions are at all times. Keep an eye on where you store your belongings when on public transportation. This also applies to bringing things to the beach. Easy solution: don’t do it. Leave any critical papers at your accomodation and bring a dry bag with you for the items you do need, such your hotel and car keys, so you can take them swimming with you. Make copies of all the crucial documents you brought with you, send yourself an email with them, and leave the copies at your accommodation. Make sure all of your luggage is with you at the airport and is not left unattended.
In particular, if you are a woman and travelling alone, we advise against going to the beach after dark in any location. The same holds true for ATMs. (Side note: US dollars that are in any way, even marginally, damaged or nicked will not be accepted here if you are bringing them. It would be necessary for you to visit a nearby bank and ask them to replace it for you; but, there is no assurance that they will do so.
Furthermore, we advise against driving at night. Even with the best WAZE or Google Map directions, many of the roads are difficult to see and lack signage. In addition to lacking signs, many of them also lack lighting, making it very challenging to detect potholes, road construction, pedestrians, sharp corners, cliffs, etc.
When entering any body of water in the nation, exercise extreme caution because rip currents and tides can be powerful. In addition, because a large portion of the nation is a rainforest, the weather can quickly shift radically. Thus, if you are not attentive, hiking to a waterfall might become considerably more perilous. Consider the forecast before making plans.