Tips for a safe and pleasant trip

- If you plan on traveling to áreas far from your hotel, you must carry your Passport and be cautious. If, on the other hand, you stay within close range of your hotel, it is advisable to keep your documents in a safe box and carry a copy of your Passport with all the relevant information and the arrival stamp. Use the safe deposit box of your hotel for your valuables.

- Don´t leave unattended your possessions whenever you are in a public area (hotel lobby, transport, airports, restaurants etc).


- Ask for information at the front desk of your hotel about the safest routes and means of transportation, especially during nighttime.


- When using taxi services, verify that they comply with the legal established requirements, such as yelloq triangels printed on the doors and a meter.


- Exchange money currency only at Banks and approved change offices. Bank transactions require a Passport (not copy).


- Use ATMs that are located in public, well illuminated areas. Don´t allow strangers to stand near you and avoid taking unsolicited help. Count your money and put it away prior to leaving the ATM.


- If you need to check a map, do so in a public and secure area or ask a police officer for help. Do not stop in front of strangers.


- Keep car windows closed and doors locked when travelling and parking. Do not leave ítems in your car.


- If you get a flat tire, or someone tells you something is wrong with your car, you are bumped from behind or you are being followed, do not stop. Seek police assistance or drive to a busy shopping center.


- Costa Rica protects its children and adolescents. Sexual exploitation of minors is a crime punished by law.


- There are countries that make it easier for those that exploit minors to be prosecuted in their native country.


- In Costa Rica, a person from 18 years old is considered an adult.