Costa Rica is one of the most developed countries in Central America. In Costa Rica life and the common good are very important and it is the society itself that takes care of the security of all. The Ticos are attentive and hospitable, and have an exquisite treatment with the tourist. They are the first to guide you about where to move and where not to move. Learn more about security in Costa Rica here.

Security Tips

  • Costa Rica is a safe country, there are cases of theft in several parts of the country, especially in tourist areas, so it is advisable to be alert at all times, not leave their belongings without supervision.
  • Avoid walking down the street late at night unaccompanied.
  • Avoid entering places that seem unsafe.
  • Do not bring on your trip belongings that are too expensive to be lost or stolen.
  • All over the country the water in the pipe is drinkable. However, visitors are advised to drink bottled water in the Caribbean area to avoid traveler’s illness, which can affect the quality of their trip.
  • It is advisable to make a photocopy of the passport with the entry stamp to take it with you at all times during your trip in Costa Rica, and thus not take the passport to tours and other activities.
  • Include in your luggage all the medications you may need in case you have a medical condition.

The Costa Rican Institute of Tourism in conjunction with the police, have created a subdivision called tourist police with more than 250 officers, whose main purpose is to maintain order and security in tourist areas of the country. If you have any questions or doubts, you can turn to them.