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Costa Rica registers decrease in homicides for second straight year
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Costa Rica registers decrease in homicides for second straight year

Alejandro Zúñiga - January 3, 2020

For the second time in a row, Costa Rica closed a calendar year with a decrease in the number of homicides. The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) recorded…

U.S. Embassy safety tips for international tourists and residents in Costa Rica
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U.S. Embassy safety tips for international tourists and residents in Costa Rica

The Tico Times - December 17, 2019

The U.S. Department of State classifies Costa Rica among its safest international destinations (Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions).  However, the State Department says visitors and residents should…

Collaboration with U.S. helps Costa Rica inaugurate new air surveillance plane
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Collaboration with U.S. helps Costa Rica inaugurate new air surveillance plane

Alejandro Zúñiga - December 5, 2019

Costa Rican authorities on Thursday inaugurated a new airplane that will be utilized by the country's Air Surveillance Service (SVA), a branch of the Public Security Ministry…

How to deal with street harassment in Costa Rica
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How to deal with street harassment in Costa Rica

The Tico Times - March 29, 2019

What's the best way to respond to street harassment in Costa Rica? Many people, hearing catcalls that make them uncomfortable or even scarier situations, have grappled with…

Costa Rica safe travel tips: The ultimate travel hack to prevent beach theft
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Costa Rica 101
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Costa Rica safe travel tips: The ultimate travel hack to prevent beach theft

The Tico Times - March 28, 2019

As part of our March Print Edition and in support of our redoubled efforts to provide readers with useful information about safety in Costa Rica, we consulted…

The Tico Times’ March print edition: Puerto Viejo, safe travels and more
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Tico Times Deep Dive
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The Tico Times’ March print edition: Puerto Viejo, safe travels and more

The Tico Times - January 25, 2019

Our upcoming quarterly Tico Times print edition will put our Puerto Viejo Deep Dive into the hands of readers, explore expert tips for traveling and living safely…

Costa Rica will ramp up police presence after tourist murders
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Costa Rica will ramp up police presence after tourist murders

AFP and Tico Times - August 11, 2018

Costa Rica announced on Friday that it plans on ramping up police presence at popular tourist hotspots after two female tourists were murdered last weekend. “We’re going…

Costa Ricans report increasing safety concerns; 2016 is set to become most violent year on record
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Costa Ricans report increasing safety concerns; 2016 is set to become most violent year on record

L. Arias - December 21, 2016

Just over half of people in Costa Rica feel highly unsafe and think crime in the country has grown, according to a survey conducted by the University of Costa…

Police to streamline crime reporting in far-flung beach spots
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Police to streamline crime reporting in far-flung beach spots

The Tico Times - May 24, 2016

Many visitors looking to get away from it all are attracted to Costa Rica's remote destinations. That same quality offering quiet and relaxation, however, can be a…

Beware: ‘Vacation brain’ at the beach can be deadly
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Beware: ‘Vacation brain’ at the beach can be deadly

The Tico Times - March 23, 2016

Update: Thursday, March 24, 1:45 p.m. Red Cross officials reported that Leonardo Rodríguez Fonseca, 42, of San José drowned Thursday morning just before noon at Playa Negra in…