TRAVEL HAPPY AND HEALTHY
Costa Rica poses no particular health or safety risks for travelers. However, it’s always advised to take reasonable precautions and be aware of your surroundings. We advise you to pack a personalized medical kit including any prescription drugs and painkillers that you might need while traveling in Costa Rica.
U.S. citizens require no vaccines to visit Costa Rica.
However, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that travelers should be up-to-date on routine vaccinations.
Other advisable inoculations include: yellow fever, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, rabies.
FOOD AND WATER
While Costa Rica's water is generally safe--particularly in larger cities--it’s always helpful take precautions about what you eat and drink. If you want to ere on the side of caution, avoid drinking tap water and drink bottled water instead; you may also see if the offered water has been boiled. Regarding food, street food presents travelers with the highest risk as an authorized regulatory organization may not have ensured proper hygiene.
With Costa Rica's high summer heat and humidity, sun and heat exposure as well as dehydration may present health risks. Drink lots of water, use sunscreen liberally and limit sun exposure when possible.
Taking out an insurance policy before traveling protects against injury, illness, loss and theft. Many travel insurance policies exclude activities listed as “dangerous sports” unless you pay an additional premium, so it's best to read the policy thoroughly and consider your itinerary.
The CDC has reported Zika outbreaks in Costa Rica and advises travelers to practice enhanced precautions. Check out the CDC's website for updated travel alerts, and please review our prepared Zika Virus Travel Tips on the Health & Safety dropdown menu to help you travel healthy.
Costa Rica is generally safe travelers, though petty theft remains the most common safety threat. Vigilance and preventative measures will help keep your items safe.