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Last updated on February 3rd, 2020 at 10:45 am EST COSTA RICA PROMOTION CODES: HAVE YOU HEARD THE NIFTY NEWS?.
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(LOW SEASON) click on the link above to access the free Costa Rica promotion codesHOW DO THE COSTA RICA PROMOTION CODES WORK.
Once you click on any of the links provided above (which will load the “Exclusive Promotion” page–including the promotion code–in a new window), you will see a “How to obtain/apply the promotion” section offering further details.

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Driving and Car Wrecks in Costa Rica

Safe Health y Travel.
It’s tough to think about things like accidents, illness, disasters and crime in paradise, but a little awareness can go a long ways towards making your visit safe.
Read this, heed this and get out there and have fun.
Rip currents occur when the water brought inshore by wave action find a prefer red channel to run back out to sea.
They are one of major causes of tourist deaths.

In general Costa Rica is a very safe place

but as a traveler it’s important to remember that you’re out of your element in unfamiliar territory.
Some of the most important safety issues aren’t readily apparent to the uninitiated.  Highways are some of the most dangerous places, the nature that tourist want to experience comes with intense heat and UV exposure, tropical bugs and all sorts of water hazards lurking in idyllic scenes.
Until a few years ago we mainly warned about petty theft, but violent crime, .

Corruption and especially fraud are a growing problem in Costa Rica

Each of the sections below includes information on some of the dangers of international travel in general and in Costa Rica in particular, but more importantly what you need to be aware of and do to stay safe.
The dramatic things that many people worry about the most before they visit Costa Rica are fortunately the ones that cause the least real problems.
Some of the more mundane but common safety risk s and precautions are described below.
Accidents in Costa Rica .
Accidents happen and there have been fatalities on canopy zip-lines, waterfall rappels, scuba diving, parachuting, ATV trail riding, and on horseback in Costa Rica .
Dropping travelers off cliff faces to rappel a waterfall and sailing them down a zipline five hundred feet above a ravine are inherently dangerous but the Costa Rican government is not particularly involved in the safety of tourists.  There are few regulations, insurance requirements, safety agencies, or tour design standards.  However, that doesn’t mean the tours are reckless and dangerous.  The tourism industry in Costa Rica has a huge financial concern in self regulating to ensuring that travelers are safe while having fun.
The best companies have strict in house safety policies and seek assistance from international sources.  For example many canopy tours are designed and/or certified by the U.
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Our favorite rafting and canyoneering company uses standards based on California regulations and trains their guides using U.
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army techniques.
Do your part by choosing legitimate operators with the appropriate certifications, liability insurance, good records, and professional guides.  Don’t exceed your physical limitations, pay attention during the precautionary lectures, and use common sense.
ATVs and Personal Watercraft are some of the most dangerous big kid toys in the world.  As an adult you can make your own decisions whether the entertainment value is worth a potential broken neck.
If you look you’ll probably also find someone willing to let your twelve year old ride but you may want to read this tragic story about a young woman who died before you put your kid on an ATV.
Most Accidents Don’t Happen on Zip-lines.
By far the majority of accidents in Costa Rica involve cars crashing into each other or running over pedestrians.  There are few sidewalks and streetlights are uncommon so there are more fatalities caused by cars hitting people than accidents between vehicles.  It happens daily and even more at night so be especially careful then, use lights and reflective clothing and avoid it if possible.
Driving and Car Wrecks in Costa Rica.
Truck vs Car vs Pulperia Accident – Truck Wins.
As in North America or Europe, .

Driving or riding in a car is one of the most dangerous things you’ll do in Costa Rica

Car wrecks are the single most common cause of hospitalization for foreign travelers.
1) Don’t drive after dark.
2) Potholes (huecos) are ubiquitous—even in roads that appear to have been freshly paved—and some are large enough to snap an axle or cause you to lose control if you hit them going too fast.
3) Often there are no guardrails on sheer precipices.
4) Gutters so large they would qualify as canals frequently border mountain roads.
They can swallow your entire vehicle and the warning about guardrails applies.
5) Drunk driving is very common in Costa Rica especially on weekends 6) Possessions left in your unattended car (trunk included) are likely to be stolen.
If you can afford it rent a larger SUV with full front and side curtain air-bags.  Many of the smaller economy vehicles are not equipped with air-bags.

Some of the worst drivers in the world call Costa Rica home

We’re not saying that all Costa Ricans are bad drivers

in fact 9 out of 10 are quite safe, conservative and defensive.  However that other 1 in 10 sets records every day for nearly unbelievable stupidity and it’s perfectly common to come around a blind corner head on into someone passing illegally.
One of the most dangerous times to be on the highways around San José is very early morning when there is nearly no traffic.  Drivers aren’t used to the wide open spaces and being able to go as fast as they desire.  We’ve seen no fewer than three fatal accidents (a couple others looked pretty bad but we never saw the news reports to confirm fatalities) when driving to the airport around 4:30 – 5:30 am.
Once we watched as a small delivery truck lost control hit the far guard rail and launched into the air at about 120 km per hour revolving several times before landing and and decapitating (according to the news) the driver.  Only a few weeks ago we saw a semi-truck upside down with the guard rail speared through the center of the cab and box.
Be careful on the wide open road.  You never know when an airborne missile will fly at you.
Sunburn can be Very Dangerous in the Tropics.
You may think we’re joking, .

But sunburn ruins more trips than any other danger you’re likely to face in Costa Rica

The location near the equator, and lofty elevations of many of the attractions add up to extremely intense UV radiation.
Combine this with water everywhere washing sunscreen off, the fact that many visitors are bleached white and sun starved by northern winters, and it can add up to a sunburn that requires hospitalization.
Be especially vigilant with your children.
Heat exhaustion and dehydration can catch you by surprise as well.  Many of the adventures offered on tours of Costa Rica are strenuous combined with the warm humid climate you can lose moisture from your body very quickly.
Riptides and Currents.

More tourist are killed by rip currents every year in Costa Rica than by snakes

lightning, rafting accidents, murder, zipline failures, and every other cause except vehicular accidents combined.
If you are reading this then riptides won’t be a problem for you, because they are really only dangerous to the unaware.
Take a few minutes to look at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations excellent description of Rip Tides how they form, how to recognize them, and how to avoid them.
If a riptide is carrying you out to sea, do not attempt to swim directly to shore.
Instead, swim parallel to the beach.
Most of these currents are less than 100 feet wide and you will soon reach calm water, and waves that are actually pushing you shoreward.
Tile.
Water plus glossy glazed tile creates a surface with about as much traction as greased Teflon.
Smooth gloss tile is used around pools, in entryways and in nearly every bathroom in Costa Rica despite the obvious danger.  Tile with a rough or textured surface designed to prevent slipping is more expensive and harder to acquire so most floors resemble ice skating rinks when wet – which is much of the time.
A friend of ours managed to complete the 120 km transcontinental trek over mossy river rock and rain slicked mud trails through the rain forest without a serious slip and fall but has required several surgeries to try to repair the shattered bones in his elbow from a bathroom fall.
Be extremely careful on wet tile.
Dangerous Bugs, .

Insects and Creepy Crawilies in Costa Rica

Most of the insects you’ll encounter in Costa Rica are more of an annoyance than a safety concern, but some can carry diseases.
Mosquitoes are the most significant threat, but not because of malaria which pops to mind when people think of the tropics but is uncommon in Costa Rica.
There were roughly a dozen cases in 2017 – about half imported from Nicaragua or Panama.
In 2018 there were no confirmed cases of anyone catching malaria in Costa Rica, but imported cases skyrocketed due to the influx of refugees fleeing the political violence in Nicaragua.  In 2018, .

72 people contracted malaria in Nicaragua and migrated to Costa Rica

The imported human cases could potentially reintroduce the disease into the local mosquito population and cause malaria outbreaks in Costa Rica but there is no evidence for this so far.
Zika grabbed headlines when it was linked to microcephaly in South America.  Although there were a few hundred Zika cases in Costa Rica there was no microcephaly and the epidemic never materialized…Zika has be downgraded to chronic by the WHO.
Far more common, dangerous and relevant is mosquito borne dengue fever (bone break fever).  It’s on the rise throughout the world and is common in the Guanacaste and Caribbean regions of Costa Rica.
The dengue virus is spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which hunt most actively at dawn and dusk, in shady areas, or when the weather is cool and cloudy.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes carry Dengue fever and Chikungunya in Costa Rica There is no treatment for dengue fever.
Fluid replacement is important to prevent dehydration and Acetaminophen (Tylenol) helps control the fever (Do Not take aspirin).
Chikungunya is a new mosquito spread tropical disease threat in Central America which Costa Rica is just beginning to battle.
The Zika virus has been prominent in the news and while the occurrence has been very limited so far in Costa Rica cases are increasing.
The scientific perspective on Zika page has a no nonsense summary of all the latest news, CDC and WHO recommendations.
Use mosquito repellent (DEET or Picaridin), wear long sleeves and pants when mosquitoes are active and consider traveling in the dry season when their numbers plummet.
In 2019 researchers from Utah discovered that mosquitoes in Costa Rica’s orange groves have been evolving genetic resistance to pesticides for more than 20 years.  Their main predator, damselfly larvae, have not evolved as quickly and have been effectively eliminated allowing the mosquito population to more than double.

Costa Rica uses more pesticides per ton of crops than any other country in the world

Purrujas (no-see-ums) are mosquito’s super evil microscopic twins that can transmit encephalitis – very rarely transmitted to humans in Costa Rica.
Africanized bees are present.
We saw a miniature stampede down the main street of Puerto Jiménez when a group of horses being prepared for a tour group disturbed a hive.
Dodging back and forth while running is better than running in a straight line (but don’t trip), get inside a building car or tent as quickly as possible.
The Warner Brothers® standby of diving in the pond and breathing through a reed until the bees move on is not recommended since the bees can be very patient.
Scorpions like to snuggle into your shoes or crumpled up clothing while you sleep, so shake them out before you put them on.
Snake and Other Bites.
Harmless Cateye Snake on a night tour Snakes, and jaguars, and croc’s, oh-my.

Wildlife is one of the main attractions in Costa Rica

and some of that wildlife has sharp, pointy teeth.
About 90% of the questions we get about jungle safety are how to avoid snakes.
Fortunately the answer is easy; let them avoid you.
In general the vibrations caused by walking will alert them and they’ll be long gone before you reach their resting-place.
Don’t put your hands and feet anywhere you can’t see and you won’t have any problems with snakes.
Don’t swim in shark and crocodile populated estuaries, which aren’t terribly appealing places to swim anyway, and you won’t have any problem from them.
The only jaguars you’ll see will be safely caged.
Flash Flooding.
Rapidly rising water levels are a common feature of the streams and rivers of Costa Rica.
The area you are in may be under clear skies, but a few miles upstream the mountains could be under a deluge.
The water from upstream storms can arrive very suddenly, and you should be cautious about entering narrow canyons.
Pay attention to how close the trees are growing to the stream.
If the nearest big tree is 20 feet up the hillside it’s probably because flooding has scoured away its lower neighbors.
The danger in Costa Rica differs from the Hurricane fed floods and mudslides that often claim hundreds of lives in other Central American countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
Costa Rica has done a much better job of limiting erosion by protecting the forests on its watersheds, and while very heavy rainfall is common, hurricanes rarely reach the coast there.
Getting Lost.
If you’re driving getting lost probably won’t be more than an annoyance but on foot there are a couple of places where getting lost could be unsafe.
In the rainforest or other wilderness area, getting lost could be very dangerous.
Don’t leave well marked trails unless you know what you are doing or are accompanied by a trained guide.
In San José, Limón and Puntarenas there are neighborhoods that you don’t want to be wandering around in after dark.
Plan your route on a map ahead of time, and ask for directions early and often.
On the road signs are few and far between, and unless you are familiar with the Latin American system of giving directions you’ll probably end up lost at some point, but it’s unlikely that this will be a dangerous situation.
Relax and enjoy the adventure.

Dump Truck vs Pick-up vs Pulperia Accident – Truck Wins

Rental Car & Driving Tips.
Dump Truck vs Pick-up vs Pulperia Accident – Truck Wins.

Driving a rental car in Costa Rica has distinct advantages and disadvantages

but if you do get behind the wheel you’ll be happier and safer if you heed the driving tips below.
Slow down and be careful.  You are in an unfamiliar environment, and the unexpected is the rule rather than the exception.
If you see a police officer standing by the side of the road waving at you they are probably trying to pull you over and may be about to step in front of your vehicle.  Seems like a suicidal technique and indeed in 2017 an officer was run over and killed when a car failed to stop.
Driving at night is not recommended—It is dangerous because of the high percentage of other drivers who have been drinking, the inability to see potholes in the dark, precipitous drop-offs without guardrails, and because you will miss all of the scenery.  Another danger is car-jackers or robacarros and bajonazos who strike almost exclusively after dark (and almost exclusively in San José).
A standard car may be half the price of an SUV and the vast majority of tourist destinations are on paved roads.
Warning Triangles and Cones—The Tico version of orange cones and highway flares is a branch or pile of sticks in the road.  Slow down, there is probably a dangerous situation ahead.  Despite a new law requiring every vehicle to carry reflective warning triangles old habits are hard to break…we’ve seen the triangles used to prop up a “warning branch.” Watch out for impromptu signs made of a stick driven into the ground with some sort of flag (boot, bottle, garbage bag, tire, old plastic dolls head…) attached to the top and warn of places where the road has been washed away, crumbled down the mountainside or as in this case a conduit under the road has collapsed leaving a gaping hole.
Branches in the roadway indicate a hazard ahead.
Do not leave anything of value in your car, ever—Not only is it likely that it will be stolen, but you may be responsible for the damage the thieves do getting it out.
Rental Cars cannot be taken across the international borders to Panama or Nicaragua.  Some agencies will allow you to drop one car off in Costa Rica, cross the border on foot and pick up a new car on the other side for a fee.
Tickets—Modern traffic enforcement exists in Costa Rica and you can expect to face radar guns.  Although Central America has well established cultures of bribery we recommend that you ever pay your “fine” on the roadside (tips on bribery).
You can have your rental agency add the fine to your credit card charges when you turn the car in (be prepared… it could be $400-$800 depending on the offense).
Although 4WD may not be necessary to reach your destinations if you can afford it rent a large SUV with full air bags (many of the smaller ones have none).

Fatal accidents are ~10 times more common in Costa Rica than the U

S.
Stay off the area just above high tide line—Driving is prohibited on nearly all Costa Rican beaches, but on the few where it is allowed please avoid the sand between the high tide mark and the trees because this is where the sea turtles make their nests.
Don’t count on road signs for navigation—Although the situation is slowly improving there are very few.

A GPS for turn by turn and a good map for the big picture are the best ways to navigate

Before you get behind the wheel there are some bizarre aspects to renting a car in Costa Rica.  We’ve made this list of tips for choosing a company and navigating the rental process.
Driving after dark is not recommended because you never know when the road will dead end into a river – Cable car ferry across the Río Colorado north of Zancudo.

However locations like Northern Costa Rica

Dreaming of Costa Rica.
52358 views Every winter the debate starts anew.
Tawny is a true islander, born and raised for tropical climates.
I, as a passionate northerner wait for snow.
While we love to make the most of our time in the snow-capped peaks of Washington we almost always end up booking our escape to somewhere tropical.

Lately we’ve being weighing the pros and cons of a Costa Rica home rental

We are at a stage in our travel game where we want to get as many of our friends together for a single trip as we can.
Nothing makes that easier than a luxury villa in an exotic and affordable location.
Right now, January, is a great time to make the plunge too.

Costa Rica’s dry season runs from December to April

making it even more enticing to get out of the subfreezing temps here in the foothills of the Cascade mountains.

I think we might be the last of our friends to make it to Costa Rica

which only makes our hunger for the location that much greater.

Costa Rica’s main international airport

Juan Santamaria, is centrally located and would be the perfect place to launch our exploration of the area.
One thing that has changed with our travel lifestyle since having a kiddo is that we are much more likely to set up a base camp.
In the past we would traditionally throw our backpacks on hit as many locations as we could.
These days we like to rent a home somewhere and then plan our day trips our from there.
As any of you with children know, you now travel with a ton more stuff once you have one.
It is so much nicer to have a single location that you can drop all of your equipment and then rent a car or just walk through the city.
The most difficult decision for us is figuring out which location to set up shop for a week or two.
There seems to be no end to local operations offering canopy tours, zip-lining, or waterfall rappeling.
However locations like Northern Costa Rica, near Arenal Volcano, offer more exciting hikes, hot springs, and stunning views.
It’s a tough call.
An added perk to the Arenal Volcano area too is the close proximity to Venado caves, .

Which offer a unique spelunking adventure in Costa Rica

Currently our sights are set on that region.
I’d be lying though if I didn’t say that one of the major draws to Costa Rica is the chance to hang out with sloths.
Yeah, Tawny is a huge sloth fanatic and there are a  lot of reputable outlets that allow you to get up close and personal with these little guys while helping the sloth population.
The Aviarios del Caribe sloth sanctuary is one of our Costa Rican bucket list destinations.
This facility was established to rehabilitate three-toed sloths.
The local population of three-toed sloths has been under a great deal of pressure from outside factors that have led to its decline.
The Aviarios del Caribe center tends to injured or rescued sloths with the intent of releasing them back into the wild while also educating the public.
For those sloths who are too injured to return to the wild, they become permanent guest of the center and guest can meet these gentle denizens of the Costa Rican rainforest.
Considering my predisposition towards snowy mountains and Tawny’s history as an islander you might think that she would be the beach lover of us.

However Tawny’s love of the ocean stops with the sand

For the most part she prefers more mountainous destinations and I am the one pushing us towards the sea.

One of the reasons we’ve still never been to a beach in Thailand

despite our many trips.
This factors into our decision too.
Do we aim for a forest resort rental with a pool and a local hot spring or do we navigate our trip closer to the shore and hope for more snorkel/scuba adventures.
Our travel friends are pretty much split down the middle on that one so it will most likely come down to a roll of the dice on that one.

There are a lot of reasons to consider Costa Rica

Not the least of which is the Rio Celeste

Winding through Tenorio Volcano National Park

this river is an electric blue ribbon that maintains its unique color with a combination of volcanic hot springs and rich sulfur deposits in the water.
The series of hot pools and waterfalls along the length of the river as it cleaves its way through the emerald fabric of the local rainforest makes this one of the most beautiful locations we’ve seen pictures of in Costa Rica.
For those of you who know us, it’s no secret that we tend to lean towards more Pacific Island destinations when it comes time to book our annual “get the hell away from winter” trip.
However, Costa Rica has been looming on the horizon of our minds for sometime now and I think it might finally be time to pull the trigger of this life-changing trip.
Stay tuned, we will keep you posted on what we end up doing.

If you’re planning your own trip to Costa Rica or just returned

we would love to hear your thoughts on where we should go.
Let us know in the comments below.
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