Costa Rica is known for a number of amazing places to go, things to do and sights to see. But while you can enjoy lengthy walks down the beach while sipping on some of the world’s best coffee and seeking out some amazing wildlife, not everything is on its long list of to-do’s. If you ever find yourself in this impressive side of the world, take note of 10 things you shouldn’t do when visiting Costa Rica.
1. Leave valuables unattended
Unfortunately, one of the most common crimes in Costa Rica is theft. Expect that if you leave valuable items in plain sight and unattended, such as on the beach or in the car, that they will be taken. Passports, electronics, money, and even sunglasses and shoes are easy targets and highly sought after by thieves.
There is an easy solution though. Be aware of your belongings at all times, put anything that you don’t immediately need in the safe or a safe place, make copies of your passport and credit cards, spread out your cash in various hiding spots, and always lock your car and accommodations.
2. Go to the beach at night
Most beaches aren’t well lit and provide criminals with the perfect cover to rob or attack unaware nighttime beach goers. While this doesn’t happen all the time, robberies, rapes, and assaults have taken place on the beaches of Costa Rica at night. It is better that you just avoid dark and secluded parts of the beach, especially when you are alone.