Let's talk about an important question about Costa Rica that popped into my inbox on Instagram this week...
Is Costa Rica safe???
The short answer? Yes! Costa Rica is a very tourist friendly country and the locals are very friendly. The country is safe for families and solo female travelers -- and super fun!
The long answer? It's always best to exercise caution when traveling to new places. I've never felt unsafe in Costa Rica -- I travel quite frequently in the region of Guanacaste, BUT I also always let my friends know where I'm going just in case. A lot of roads here are dirt and there's a lot of farmland + wildlife, so there's always a risk of a flat tire or a cow wandering into the road. Accidents do happen.
I also NEVER leave any of my belonging unattended. Unfortunately, petty theft is very common here in Costa Rica -- if you leave your backpack on a beach to go for a swim in the water + turn your back, don't be surprised if it get's snatched. Car and home break-ins also do happen -- my rule of thumb is don't bring anything to Costa Rica that is super valuable, can't be replaced easily and/or is not insured.
Cat calling from men is also common...unfortunately that's Latin culture. I usually ignore it and keep on walking...sometimes I politely smile at them, give them a taste of their own medicine, and cat call right back at them. 🤷♀️
Finally, there are certain neighborhoods, mostly in the capital of San Jose, I'd never go to, but that's like any other city. Like I never used to ride the subway in NYC past a certain hour at night and I'd avoid streets that were not well lit at night. Just practice common sense!