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Tips on San Jose Warnings or Dangers – Stay Safe!

San Jose Warnings and Dangers

San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica. While its beaches are idyllic, visitors must be aware of the dangers before they visit for the first time.


Unfortunately, crime is a problem in San Jose. When walking around the city, keep your passport safely locked away in your hotel room. Pickpockets have been known to go after tourists, so make sure your purses, bags, and wallets are close to your body at all times. Prostitution isn’t legal in Costa Rica, and it’s a serious problem here, so don’t take any chances. Travelers to San Jose have also complained about crime at the airport. One couple had their tires spiked and were later mugged. Stay alert, only travel in familiar areas of town, and contact the police immediately if you are the victim of a crime.


If you rent a car during your stay, drive with caution. Many of Costa Rica’s streets are in disrepair and they can be dangerous to walk on let alone navigate on four wheels. Speed traps are common, so watch how fast you’re going, especially while in the city. Before you hit the road, make sure you have your license and all of your rental documents. When parking in town, look for spots in plain view and don’t leave any bags or valuables in your vehicle.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in San Jose. 

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