Play it safe in Costa Rica


Costa Rica is a relatively safe country. Just stay away from the big cities, especially at night, and travel smart and you should be alright. Here are some tips on how to keep safe.

Better safe than sorry!

The only thing you should have to keep an eye out for is petty theft. Take precaution and you and your valuables should be safe.

  • If you carry valuables with you, keep them out of site. When you can, leave valuables in the safe at your accommodation.
  • Make a copy of your passport and keep it with you at all times, leave your passport in a safe. You will need a copy of the photo page and page with entry stamp.
  • If you rent a car, do not leave anything in the car, not even in the trunk. Cars are often broken into and cleared out.
  • When on the beach, keep an eye on your belongings. If you think no one would want your old, crusty sandals, think again...leave anything unattended and it will be gone before you know it!
  • Don’t bring unnecessary valuables. There are internet cafes all over, so leave your laptop safe at home.

Safety in numbers

There have been reports of violent theft which usually only happens to people alone in the streets of a big city or town at night. When out at night it’s best to stay in groups.

Follow the rules of the road

and watch out for potholes! Even though Ticos may not be following the traffic rules, you better! If you do get pulled over, pay the fine and move on.