Most Dangerous Areas in Costa Rica
Although Costa Rica is the safest country in Central America, and possible of any Latin American country, does not mean that all areas within Costa Rica are not dangerous. Here I will asses the most dangerous places in the country to help you figure out the stops to skip on your next trip to Costa Rica.
When discussing the most dangerous places in the country you definitely have to begin with San Jose. This is the place where it is most important that you are careful. Downtown San Jose is fine during the day, but pick pockets are pretty common, so try to walk with your band in front of you and not on your back. The worst neiborhoods in San Jose are Leon XIII, which is known as the crack capital of Costa Rica, Los Hatillos, which is a poor neighborhood that has not received much help from the government, as well as the Del Ray area. Del Rey is where most of the legal prostitution takes place.
Known as the party beach of Costa Rica, this is where many young travelers come to party with their friends. This is the only beach in Costa Rica where prostitution has a significant presence. The streets are fine during the day, but at night are not suitable for children.
Although Tamarindo is nowhere as bad as Jaco, prostitution and drugs still can be felt by this beach community. Tamarindo and Jaco are the only beaches in Costa Rica that you will see any sketchiness. If you go out late partying, just be safe and make sure to always be walking with some friends to ensure no problems arise.
Limon is not a tourist destination in Costa Rica. It is however, the poorest community and because of that, one of Costa Rica’s most criminal cities. Cocaine traffickers often use Limon as a place of export, and is often the cause of many murders in the area. Costa Rica often seems to have a don’t ask don’t tell policy, but if something is not done soon, these types of problems will begin to expand and affect other tourist destinations.