Costa Rica is a safe country to visit, but when travelling to any foreign country it is important to keep in mind the local culture and safety of that particular area. When you get there, the best thing to do is to talk to trustworthy local people, such as those who work in your hotel or local tour company. The workers are usually very familiar with the area and normally speak fluent English. Here are some things to ask:
If there is a beach nearby, find out what the ocean current is like and if it is suitable for swimming. In oceans all over the world, there exists riptides - small and powerful currents that can cause even experienced swimmers to lose control.
In the rainforests there are not very many dangerous animals to be concerned with. However, poisonous snakes do exist in the Costa Rica forests. When walking through the rainforest always stay on maintained paths. Never walk through the rainforest or touch the trees as snakes and other poisonous creatures could be camouflaged and may attack when startled.
Find out if any of the parts of the local town should be avoided and if it is safe to walk around at night.
When travelling by local bus, always keep your belongings close by. Avoid displaying any valuable items that you have such as passport, phone or lots of cash.
Use the local licensed taxi service, even though it is more expensive. Avoid using the unmarked taxi service unless recommended by someone you trust.
Book your tours with a reputable tour company. Never participate in a tour that does not provide proper safety equipment or doesn't appear to be a real company. Remember the two rules at Desafio: 1) Be safe! and 2) Have SERIOUS Fun!
It's a good idea to purchase travelers health insurance before visiting any foreign country to give yourself rest and reassurance that you will be taken care of in case of an emergency. Try www.worldnomads.com
You might want to photocopy the front page of their passport and carry it with them at all times to avoid questions or problems with the local authorities.
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