You need to watch your belongings in this region of Costa Rica. Keep valuables locked up and don't leave items on the beach . With the influx of tourists and money the crime rate has gone up in Playa Hermosa. As usual common sense prevails.
Dengue fever is increasing in Costa Rica and Guanacaste is the highest -risk area. The mosquito that carries dengue fever bites during the day, so protect yourself day and night. Its important use a mosquito repellent with at least 30 percent deet .Onset of the fever can occur up to two weeks after being infected.
We were there in the dry season and during the day there were few mosquitos, we protected ourselves at night and had no problems.
Costa Rica is plenty of snakes. Everywhere. Few of them are dangerous, but if you don't know how to recognize them, better to scape.
Honestly, I don't like snakes, but if you overcome your fear, try to watch them from near. They are really beatiful, and there are so many different species from every colour...!!. I spent many time making "snakewatching" and I'm still alive, so they shouldn't be as bad as people say...
Here it is a green velvet snake. At the time I took the picture I didn't know if it was poisonous or not, and I don't want to know.
When they tell you to rent a 4x4 to visit Guanacaste--believe them! The roads are mostly dirt roads with lots of rocks, ditches (often filled with mud or water), and animals either wandering in the middle of the roads or just sitting there daring you to make them move! The good thing is that the roads may be what keeps this area free from massive development.
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Arenal, 3.9 km from Palma Highway 142, , Costa Rica
Good for: Solo