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Travelling to Costa Rica (Travel safety tips?)?
My girlfriend and I are thinking of travelling to Costa Rica. Do you think it’s safe for Americans there (one blond, and one with mediocre Spanish skills), can you recommend good places/cities to stay, and are there any other concerns? I’ve never travelled to South America, only to Western Europe, in which I feel very safe.
I appreciate all your tips.
Top Tips for Safer Travels: Keeping safe and enjoying Costa Rica
There are basic safety tips that are recommended since so many rich tourists with so many gadgets and money to steal are such a temptation. (i.e. don’t park your rental car with all your luggage and walk away. Instead, leave your luggage at your hotel and follow local advice on where to go so you don’t end up in a bad area.)
Costa Rica is really a great place to travel and there are tons of options – your itinerary mostly depends on your interests.
How far off the beaten path do you want to go? What type of places would you like to see? – volcanos/beaches/rivers/mountains/rainforests? What are your major interests? What kind of adventure activities (if any) do you like to do? – white water rafting, surfing, kayaking, scuba, snorkeling, biking, hiking?
TRAVEL CONSULTING: My partner Julio and I have an eco-travel company in Costa Rica (www.boyerotours.com) and we’d love to help you out with your travel planning to visit the beaches, volcanoes, and rainforests of Costa Rica! Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 011-506-265-1511.
PLACE TO STAY UPON ARRIVAL: We live at the entrance to an organic coffee plantation and we often have travelers stay in our guest room at the beginning and/or end of their vacation in Costa Rica. We live only about 6km (and a $6 cab ride) away from the San Jose (airport code SJO) airport; hostels in San Jose city are a 30+ minute (and $15+ cab ride) drive from the airport.
Yes its safe…if you’re smart.
My husband and I got married there last year. Obviously, don’t go into bad areas at night, and you’ll be fine. My husband and I both enjoy the more ‘authentic’ parts of the country and went to areas that were not touristy. And we both only spoke a little spanish. I absolutely loved Costa Rica and recommend it to anyone.
We stayed at Iguana Lodge in the Oso Peninsula, and a couple other places. I highly recommend the lodge. They have their own web site, and I can’t wait to go back again.
I also recommend going to lonelyplanet.com to get more info, and also maybe purchasing their book on Costa Rica.