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Safe Traveling to Costa Rica

News of the murder of a woman from Florida in Costa Rica surprised and saddened the country. She was traveling independently using an Airbnb lodging facility. Any time something like this happens, it’s natural for people to ask themselves about safety.

All things considered, Costa Rica is still one of the best countries to live and travel in the world. Unfortunately, we’re not exempt from crime.

Since a vacation is all about resting, relaxing and recharging before going back to regular life, it’s important to put what’s happened into perspective.

It’s easy to travel safely in Costa Rica, but it’s important to stick to standard safety precautions and use common sense. You’ve already taken the first step and that is that you’ve booked your vacation with us. There is much more to what we provide than hotel reservations and transportation.

When you travel with Costa Rica Expeditions, we are ahead of you looking for rigorous standards of safety across everything you will do.

We are with you as you go, checking the weather, calling ahead, making sure your driver will arrive before you do and that you’ll have exactly the experience we promised.

We are behind you asking how it went, rescuing lost items, and arranging for last minute requests and if something didn’t go as planned, making it right.

Our resources and team will ensure an authentic experience with the wrap around of safety that our 40 years in the business brings.

We are all Costa Rican and live here year-round. There is no need to be fearful, but it is always important to use common sense and be careful.

Please use the same standard safety precautions in Costa Rica as you would in any major city in the US.

Standard Safety Precautions What CRE Does for You
Stay in reputable hotels. Carefully selected accommodations and lodging. We choose the best fit for your primary trip goal, your budget and your safety.
Don’t ask strangers for advice. We give you the ability to text back and forth with our Operations Staff. Write or call us any time you have a question. Get your advice from a trusted source.
Always put your valuables in your room safe. You’ll feel so safe at the places we recommend that you’ll be tempted not to use the safe. But go ahead, use it anyway.
Don’t run alone in an unknown place and especially not before dawn or after dark. We’ll tell you where it’s safe to run and if possible, we’ll put you in touch with a group to run with. If it’s not safe to run alone, we’ll tell you and help you find alternatives.
Don’t walk on the beach or on remote roads after dark anywhere in the world, no matter how safe it might seem. Call us before you go. Tell us what you want to do, we’ll help you figure out the best way to navigate that situation safely.
If you end up in a local town or beach bar, always get your own drink.

Watch it being poured.

Don't leave it unattended.

Even better, drink beer and ask for the bottle with the cap on. You take the cap off yourself. Don’t set it down to dance or to go to the bathroom. If you do put it down, don’t drink out of it again.

Don't drink or taste unknown people’s drinks.

Don't accept drinks from anyone else.
You can order drinks without worry at the carefully selected lodging that we’ll suggest for you.

You can also order beer or cocktails at any of the restaurants our drivers stop at while you’re moving around the country.
Do keep your wits about you. A bar or beach party in a foreign country is not a good place to overdo it.
Don’t get into cars with strangers or with people that you just met at a bar. Not at home, not in Timbuktu, not in Costa Rica!
If you rent a car, don’t leave valuables in the car. We’ll always rent with the best rental companies in Costa Rica, recommend the best routes, gas stations and pit stop. You’ll have that authentic experience you’re looking for under our wrap around guidance.
Don’t leave anything you don’t want stolen unattended on the beach. Take a small amount of cash, sunscreen, a paper book and your towel, hat and sarong. Everything else should stay in your room safe.

It’s easy to travel safely in Costa Rica, you can be careful without being fearful.

When you travel with Costa Rica Expeditions you get our support and guardianship 24/7.