Safety in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is generally considered a safe country. The overwhelming majority of reported crimes are not violent, but fraudulent. The greatest danger is posed theft, which can be easily avoided by observing the simplest precautions. In the central areas of San Jose, it is recommended to always be careful not to carry large amounts of cash, tickets or passports with you. The theft of cars and belongings from them is also quite common. The rest of the criminal situation in the country is quite calm.
Petty theft (including bag theft) is one of the most common types of crime in Central America. There are some common scams around, especially taxi scams where the driver tells you that the meter is broken when the trip has already started.
People who are usually involved in some kind of incident usually drink, take drugs or take part in sex tourism. It is best to avoid these steps if you want to say it is safe.
Travel tips for Costa Rica
1. Avoid isolated areas. You are at greater risk of being robbed if you are in a less crowded area, especially at night. Try to stay where the crowd is.
2. Don’t wear flashy clothes. As already mentioned, petty theft is common here. To avoid teasing the robbers, take off all jewelry or watches and do not wave your phone. However, if you happen to be the victim of a robbery, follow the robber’s directions and give up your valuables. Any material thing can be replaced, but life cannot.
3. Don’t leave your belongings unattended. For example, if you are spending the day at the beach, do not leave your belongings unattended while swimming or walking on the sand. Locals or tourists can easily pick up your valuables if you leave them behind.
4. Be careful when using public transport. Petty theft is the most common type of crime you will encounter in Costa Rica. Most thefts in Costa Rica happen while you are riding the bus. Keep your valuables and ID bag in your lap and be vigilant.
5. Use an official taxi. It is always best to choose a licensed taxi. It is worth paying special attention to the meter and making sure that it works. Taxi drivers can turn off the meter and claim it is broken (a common scam).
6. Buy travel insurance. Insurance is especially important if you plan to participate in activities such as ziplining, rafting or surfing. Travel insurance protects you from illness, injury, theft and cancellation. This is comprehensive protection in case something goes wrong.