Costa Rica is a magical place. But it's definitely not all dreamy waves and jaw dropping sunsets here in Pura Vidadise. So what's a not-so-nice thing about Costa Rica?
In particular, petty, non-violent theft. Mugging in Costa Rica is super rare, but if you leave your belongings unattended on the beach while taking a dip in the ocean, those belongings may not be there when you return. Unfortunately, I've heard one too many stories of theft here in Costa Rica, from tourists to ex-pats, and I've even had my backpack stolen on a very quiet beach with maybe 10 people on whole two mile stretch of beach. Seriously, if you've ever had anything stolen, it's one of the worst feelings -- such a complete violation. 🤬
Now don't get me wrong, I certainly don't want to deter you from visiting + enjoying Costa Rica, BUT after my friend had his backpack stolen on the bus last week, I also want to share with you the truth about Costa Rica...even if it's an ugly truth.
So what are some things you can do to protect yourself against theft while in Costa Rica?
Overall, just be mindful of your surroundings and be smart. Theft can happen anywhere you travel or even right at home. It's an unfortunate reality -- and when it happens, all that Costa Rican Pura Vida becomes Puta Vida... . 🙈
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