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Costa Rica Safety Guide (Updated 2020)

TravelOpel Admin Costa Rica Safety Guide Is Costa Rica Safe to travel in 2020?

Costa Rica is a nature-lover’s paradise — and it’s one of my favorite countries in the world too. It was the first country I ever traveled to and it was the country that sparked my wanderlust.

water fall in Costa Rica

-> Read more: Things to do and what to see in Costa Rica

But, is Costa Rica safe to visit in 2020? The answer is yes, it does have some crime, most travelers report feeling quite safe here.

We’ve summed up a few things to keep cautious about when traveling in Costa Rica. After all, when you are in a foreign destination, safety issues are always top-of-mind. By following the below tips, you’ll find yourself enjoying an unforgettable vacation while being safe and healthy!

How to stay safe in Costa Rica ( 2020 Update )

1. 3 Safest cities to visit when you are in Costa Rica

Tourists should stay alert regardless of their surroundings while traveling. It is also recommended that tourists ask the hotel staff about areas to avoid

Guanacaste – Known as ‘The Gold Coast,’ is now a popular spot for ex-pats. This area used to be calm, sleepy fishing villages, but it is now is teeming with bohemian vibes and is a relaxing place to enjoy sunny beaches.

water falls in the middle of green trees photo

 Celeste river waterfall at Volcán Tenorio, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica

Arenal – With its majestic volcano and lake, Arenal’s friendly and rural atmosphere draws crowds of tourists every year. You’ll find beautiful and safe ecolodges and resorts to enjoy the scenery and have a good time!

brown mountain under white clouds during daytime photo

 Arenal Volcano, Volcán Arenal, Alajuela, San Carlos, Costa Rica

Southern Pacific Coast, including Dominical, Uvita, and Ojochal – These jungle towns are spread along forested mountains and sleepy beaches, and the region has everything most people want from a Costa Rican adventure. Pickpockets may target travelers, but the area is typically nonviolent.


Waves of Uvita, Costa Rica

2. Be alert when using public transportation

 Petty theft (including bag snatching) is the most common type of crime you’ll face in Costa Rica. Most of the theft in Costa Rica occurs while taking the bus. Keep your bag containing valuables and identification on your lap and stay vigilant.

3. Always take an authorized taxi and never share any information

 Crimes against cab riders are infrequent here but it’s best you use a licensed taxi. Also, pay close attention to the meter and make sure it’s running. Cab drivers can turn the meter off and claim it’s broken 

aerial photography of houses beside ocean photo

Puerto viejo de talamanca, costa rica

Only ride in taxis that are orange or red (with a yellow triangle on the door).

Also, just like the important note in Fiji, Never share a taxi with someone you don’t know and never let your taxi driver pick anyone else up

4. Don’t wear expensive items - be simple

 Because Costa Rica is such a tourist hotspot, it is inevitable that petty theft is the most common threat to tourists. It’s important to start being mindful once you enter the country.

Standing on the corner

 Liberia, Costa Rica

If you don't want to become a target of pickpockets then remove any jewelry or watches, and don’t wave your phone around

5. Don't go out at night

Avoid strolling on the beach at night or walking on the street if it’s too late, as you may become targets for muggings

Night at costa rica


Hopefully, these tips can help you better prepare for your upcoming trip! Costa Rica.Costa Rica is one of the safest countries in Central America so if you’re new to solo female travel, Costa Rica is a great country to start with. However, you’ll still need to take some precautions of course

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