Overall, Costa Rica is a safe country, but there are a few things you should know:
- Pickpockets are found in many major tourist areas around the world and San Jose is no different. Dress conservatively (no flashy jewelry) and always be aware of your belongings when in crowded areas.
- Use the buddy system! More than likely, the people you meet will be nothing but friendly and helpful, but it’s always better to have a companion in a potentially uncomfortable situation.
- With the many outdoor adventure activities that Costa Rica offers (zip-lining, mountaineering, surfing, white-water rafting, etc), we encourage you to take every precaution necessary to prevent bodily injuries. Always follow instructions that your guide offers you, and pay attention to any signs or warnings posted.
- Mostly, the food and water in Costa Rica are perfectly healthy for you to eat or drink, but there are different kinds of food that your body may not yet be used to or hasn’t yet experienced. You may suffer from food allergies or temporary ill effects until your body grows accustomed to the cuisine.
In Costa Rica there are not many general health risks beyond those found in the US. Health insurance is not required by the Costa Rican government, but CIS includes a comprehensive medical and accident insurance plan with all of our programs. For the most up-to-date information on traveling to Costa Rica, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s country specific website: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1093.html.