Costa Rica Warnings and Dangers
Warnings and Dangers
Warnings and Dangers
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Robbery San José
When you are walking trough the streets dont look at your map were you have to... step into a restaurant or shop and look at your map there... keep some change in your pockets
I was watching the map...
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jp2 - The issue with my co-worker was compounded by the fact when we rented the cars you have to give you license and passport so they can make a photo copy. Well they forgot to give it back to him and he forgot to ask for it! So, stopped for speeding with no license and no passport. Sounds like a mandatory trip to the local police station. Nope! He paid $120usd to the officer and they let him go, lol.I have not used VacationCity. I always reserve online either from the rental company website or through expedia. I've never been able to get a quote with the CR insurance included. I'm sure if you call the rental agency in CR they will tell you the exact rate. A good way to do it is to go to expedia, enter the dates and location you want to rent the car. They will list every company that has vehicles available with the rate. Choose the cheapest one and then go to that companies website....
Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary: WARNING!!
WARNING: DO NOT GO HERE!! My friend and I spent 3 months in Costa Rica volunteering with various animal organisations. Back in the UK we are qualified animal behaviourists and Zoologists so suffice to say we know a thing or two about correct animal welfare. We were disgusted by Rainsong. The 'sanctuary' is merely Mary's garden crammed with tiny cages and junk. The animals have no behavioural or environmental enrichment or stimulation. Their cages are baron, covered in old and moldy food and disgustingly dirty. Some of the monkeys - an extremely social species - have collars on and are kept isolated from one another and are locked in tiny crates during the evenings! There is litter and rubbish scattered everywhere. And the activity books and stickers she asks for in all of her emails are in stacks all around, gathering dust and growing mold. We kept what we brought and gave it to the...
Hepititis A/B and Typhoid Vaccinations
These are the reccomended vaccinations from the Ontario Government to travel to Costa Rica.Hepititis A is a viral infection of the liver that can cause permanent liver damage. It is contracted through contaminated drinking water, ice cubes or other food related items. Commonly found in the Caribbean and Central America, it is always a possiblity. Although most adults will recover from this infection, it is preventable by vaccination. Hepititis B is a sexually transmitted disease found throughout the world. Like Hep A it is a virus that attacks the liver, but unlike Hep A it is very likely to cause permanent damage. The vaccination for Hep B can be taken in combination with the Hep A vaccination. These vaccinations will provide a lifetime of immunity if the full course of 2 (Hep A only) or 3 (Hep A/B combined or Hep B alone) are taken. Typhoid fever is a bacterial disease that can be life...
Coca Cola Station
San Jose We were more than warn about the danger of this bus stop. And dreading it. But it's an outdoor kind, with bus parking on each side of boarding sidewalk under a roof. Although we never let any of our belongings out of our side and were careful not to do anything stupid, we never felt in danger of anykind.The man that got closer to me was trying for the third time to sell me cheap watches. But I think he knew I wasn't interested and even tho I didn't spoke spanish, he engage in a nice little chat. I understood about 4 words of what he said, but it didn't bother either of us. He left after 2 minutes, smilling and waving.The other one, and he was in fact the first one we encountered coming in for the first time from our taxi that drop us off at the wrong station (500 meters from the correct one). Although I was sure at first he was going to trap us in an alley to sell our eyes and...
This is not a subject the travel agents or tour operators like to discuss, but I feel it is necessary. If you are traveling to a country where there is poverty, there is theft. This is not limited to any particular country, it can happen anywhere. Travelers who are informed and aware can make wiser choices. I live on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Robberies have increased so we have formed citizens groups who work with the police and the public for prevention of crime and help for the victims. Private guards have been hired to patrol the beaches and the streets. Fortunately physical harm is rare, but often valued possessions left vulnerable are nabbed. There are things you can do to protect yourself:RULES FOR DAY OUTINGS:1. DO NOT CARRY ANYTHING YOU DO NOT IMMEDIATELY NEED! I cannot emphasize this enough. When you are on an outing, whether it be the beach or a bike ride:a. Take only...
During my Trip (July 2009) Some of Costa Rica's Roads were still heavily damaged from the earthquake and so I reccommend you call someone at your destination and make sure you get good directions or at least talk to someone that has come and gone to your next point in your trip. You don't want to head out and find out two hours into your trip that the roads are closed. Everything pretty much leads in and out of San Jose so you would have to drive back another 2 hours back to san jose and find a different direction. This is not true of every city/town, but it is true of many.
Be very careful on the roads. They arent very well made up in some places and the drivers all seem to have a death wish. They disregard road warning not to over take Some of the lorries we observed had VERY bald tyres no chance of stopping
Security is a serious Thing
Make sure you watch out where you are going, and when. They have only 8,000 police for 4.3 million people, the worst in the globe ratio wise. Everything is on good faith, However, the poverty economy and lower end lifestyle leaves people to rob and plunder. Per capita income is $13,000. It is said that if you leave your house over one day, it may be vacated of most items. Not to put a scare into you, but you should be aware of your surroundings. These are gentle people, but poverty can created desperate people and crime.
Earthquakes, floods, volcanoes.
Just one month before our trip, there was a 6.1 earthquake about mid country north of San Jose. It killed 40 people. The supposed after effect was down in Limon, coral reefs upheaveled a bit, and all trash service stopped. But then it seemed like maybe some of this damage was form 2004, or even maybe before that. The railroad, even though not too functional, had torn up tracks; now closed for good. Then the floods of torrential rains came right behind whenever that quake was, and wiped out some agricultural land. Next is a possible volcano eruption of Izura near Turrialba and close to SAn Jose about 20 miles.
Vehicle Repair-Look Out
It may not be Easy to get help. From what I noted, there are not any service stations that you as a "foreigner" would trust to get work done, properly and swiftly. It looks like the process is slow, and the quality probably less than desired. Be careful if you drive the roads. There is not AA around out here.
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