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Safe to drive?

Safe to drive?

We are two women wanting to drive from Santa Teresa to Aerenal. We live in NYC, so we are pretty aware of our surroundings, and can handle ourselves behind a 4-wheel drive as well. :) I was just reading an advisory that says robberies at gun point are up, and the robbers may deliberately create conditions to give vehicles flat tires. Is this a hoax or something we should be concerned about?

Thank you!

4 replies to this topic
Ontario, Canada
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9,992 posts
70 reviews
1. Re: Safe to drive?

You might have read it here https:/… ?

There are safety tips on the right side of the main CR forum, under the Top Qns, - https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g291982… , etc. You may also want to read

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Tampa, Florida
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4,023 posts
51 reviews
2. Re: Safe to drive?

It is extremely rare to hear about any violent crimes committed against tourists. I have not seen recent posts describing the types of crimes you mention.

Hardly any of what you'll read about takes place anywhere near where you'd be. Most of us posting on this forum would tell you to completely disregard the links you were just provided.

Our recommendation is to avoid driving at night, except for short, local trips, and use common sense. Most of the crime that impacts tourists involves having things taken from parked cars, particularly near beaches.

Costa Rica is a safe destination for tourists. Coming from NYC (me too) has provided you with the basic skills you need to stay safe.

Destination Expert
for Costa Rica
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20,015 posts
62 reviews
3. Re: Safe to drive?

Indeed the safety situation, and feel, was very good thiis summer. Speaking to locals they confirm that both policia andd local communitiese has stepped up their efforts in curing this nation largest income source.

Larchmont, NY
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12 reviews
4. Re: Safe to drive?

We drove all over CR and loved it -- from SJO all the way down to Osa, then up to Monteverde, then Rio Celeste, then Arenal. No problems whatsoever and Waze was AMAZING navigating the dirt roads. Never got lost, no violence, never felt unsafe. Also rented small SUVs from Thrifty (not the suzuki, one up) and they were surprisingly great handling the roads. When our friend's battery went dead (because they'd left the door partly ajar), Thrifty came out immediately and swapped the car out.

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