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December 22, 2012 7:26 PM Subscribe
How safe is Costa Rica in terms of violent crime/theft? My partner and I are planning to visit in February, and I'm reading wildly contradictory reports of the danger levels for tourists there
posted by abbagoochie to society & culture (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Costa Rica looks beautiful and I'd love to take a decent ($700) camera to take pics of the the amazing jungle/wildlife. Some of the threads I've read about it describe it as the safest place in Central America, and others describe it as a very dangerous place where kidnappings/marching to ATMs at gunpoint are common, serious assaults to tourists are regular, etc. Would it be foolish to walk around with cameras or are locals used to seeing this?
We don't speak any Spanish (English/German), but my partner could take the next six weeks to do an intensive course. What are your experiences of the safety levels and threats to visitors? Any helpful hints/tips on keeping safe? My partner is extremely risk averse so getting them to go somewhere they perceive to be hazardous with me in the first place is a majorly big deal.
Thanks in advance for any advice you might have!