When you travel to Costa Rica, the last thing on your mind may be your personal safety. However, your personal safety should always be the first thing on your mind, no matter where you are in the world. During your Costa Rican vacation, keep the following safety tips in mind to ensure a safe and enjoyable vacation:
Consult a trusted source, such as a hotel concierge, before visiting any areas of Costa Rica outside your hotel or resort. Your concierge will tell you if it’s a safe place for tourists. If you are adamant about visiting a particular area, consider hiring a guide.
Make copies of your important documents to carry on your person. Leave original copies in a hotel safe.
Don’t carry large amounts of cash or wear expensive jewelry. A good rule of thumb is if you’d be heartbroken to lose it, leave it at home. Try to blend in with the locals, as best as possible.
Never travel alone. There really is safety in numbers, and criminals will be less likely to target someone in a group.
Only travel in licensed taxis, and, if you decide to rent a vehicle, make sure it is adequately insured against theft.
Follow these simple tips and you’ll have a safe, stress-free visit to one of the most beautiful tropical locales on earth.