When you are preparing a trip to Costa Rica or when you are thinking of visiting Central America we always keep in mind the fact about insecurity and violence. The bad reputation and crime levels are unfortunately higher than in other parts of the world, although they don't deserve it. However, there are also many places that are very safe for visitors and there would be nothing to fear.

Here are some tips for good travel:

1. Avoiding Obsolete Information

Security levels can change in a few years. For example, Costa Rica and Panama are one of the safest countries in Central America. Nicaragua, on the other hand, which was going to become a safe country and we were writing this in this section, is now being devastated by political and civil disturbances that unfortunately make us recommend that for the moment don't visit the country.

The other destinations that appear in this web, don't have any problem and we can say that right now it is safe to travel through New York, Miami, Panama or Cuba.

Be sure to check out the year of the travel guide you have or the website you are visiting. Your information may not have been updated long ago. Try to collect information for at least the last three years and you will surely have a better idea of what is happening in Central America. Luckily, things have changed for the better in most cases.

2. More caution in capitals

If there is a consistent pattern in Central America, it is that capital cities have the worst levels of crime, often contributing greatly to crime statistics in the country in general (while the rest of the country experiences less problems). Taking official taxis at night and staying in a hostel/hotel located in a good neighborhood, will avoid problems.

On the other hand, capitals are not the most representative of Central American countries. Compared to Asian countries where a visit to Ha Noi or Bangkok, you would never escape, in these lands this doesn't happen. So it is better not to waste too much time in these cities.

Recommendations: take the official taxis, do not walk at night and choose accommodation located in safe areas.

3. Common sense

If you are one of those who like the night, you need to know and inform yourself, depending on where you are, the areas you need to avoid, if there are any. Do not show jewelry or objects of value that attract attention. Leave your passport and valuables in the hotel safe.

If you're going to spend the day at one of Costa Rica's wonderful beaches, it's better not to carry anything of value.

Avoid beaches at night. Normally these are not illuminated and therefore are not safe.

4. Knowledge is power

Rutas Costa Rica has in all these countries people who will be in charge of information of the situation of every place. They are there to welcome you and to answer all your questions.

On the other hand, it is necessary to consider very much the information of the personnel of reception of the hotels that can guide you in those days that are planned as days off.

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Costa Rica is a safe and quiet country, and the kindness of the Ticos makes it very pleasant to travel through the area. But that doesn't mean you can leave prudence and common sense at home: keep an eye on your backpack or wallet and if you go out at night, it should be in crowded and rather touristy places. Remember to leave valuables things safe in the hotel's safe box if your room doesn't have one.

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