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Travel Health & Safety in Costa Rica


No prevalent diseases. One reason eco-travelers love Costa Rica is because odds are very low that they will get sick from a tropical disease.

Malaria is extremely rare in Costa Rica. There is some risk in the Province of Limón although not so much in Limón City. As for the rest of the country, anti-malarial drugs are not recommended.

There have been some cases of dengue fever in parts of Costa Rica. And it's always advisable to have Typhoid shots when traveling near the equator. Hepatitis A (food transmitted) and B (body fluid transmitted) can be encountered anywhere there are people so it's probably a good idea to be vaccinated even if you're not traveling.

Know before you go. You can check with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) before heading to Costa Rica. Health updates for are posted on the CDC website.

The level of medical care is good in the larger cities of Costa Rica and patients taken to rural clinics with serious injuries or illness are often transferred to larger hospitals.

Accidents happen. Visitors to Costa Rica often enjoy more vigorous activities and insurance is worth considering.


In general Costa Rica is a safe place to travel. Costa Rica enjoys a good standard of living and most of the population is middle-class. Poverty is low. And statistically speaking, the violent crime rate, even in the capital of San Jose, tends to be far lower than in other developing nations.

Costa Rica does have laws. And a police force. However, petty crimes often go unprosecuted. Visitors should take care to protect their belonging, be alert whenever they are traveling about and stay in populated, well lit areas at night.

Be safe. Have fun!


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