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1. Posted by luckysnap (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

luckysnap has indicated that this thread is about Costa Rica

Crime is way up in CR. I suggest Panama, much safer.

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting luckysnap

Crime is way up in CR. I suggest Panama, much safer.

Yeah, I heard Colon and surroundings are very very safe....

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Posting some more info would help... for all I know, this is just another safety hoax (we had a few here already).

The US state dept. has no travel warnings out for CR, nor can I find anything in intl media that substantiates your post.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

CR was very safe last time I visited! We (Norwegian company) are still sending tons of volunteer workers there and no complaints there either. Where are you getting this info from?

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting Sam I Am

CR was very safe last time I visited! We (Norwegian company) are still sending tons of volunteer workers there and no complaints there either. Where are you getting this info from?

Look at his profile...and you know enough, probably scared if someone says BOOO

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Here is the link for the US State Department's Current Travel Warnings. At present, Colombia and Haiti are the only two countries in Central America/Caribbean where travel is not recommented.

Also, recent changes have been made in regards to tourist visas for Panama. Previously, Panamanian tourist visas were issued allowing a 90 day stay and with a 30 day extention available. In May, 2007, the law (Law 15) was amended lowering the length of stay to 30 days with a one time extention of an additional 30 days.

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On a slightly different note...
On September 9, 2007, Manuel Noriega will be released from the US prison system. While incarcerated, he was also found guilty of murder in Panama and sentenced to Panamanian prison in absentia. Whether he will return dirctly to Panama or seek temporary asylum in one of a handful of countries offering him safe haven is still being speculated upon. Though it is reported that Mr. Noriega "found God" while imprisoned and is only looking to retire quietly, an increase in civil unrest is expected (in Panama) following his release/return.

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7. Posted by captken411 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I don't know where your getting info from. I have lived in CR for 4+ yrs & have found it to be safe, people are courteous. There is crime in any large community. If you use common sense you will not have a problem here. You flash loads of money or show off your jewelry of course you have a problem. Same as in any country.

8. Posted by ehuaman (Budding Member 41 posts) 9y

I was in Costa Rica and I felt safe. In my opinion, Costa Rica and Chile are the safest countries ( average) in Latin America.

9. Posted by ashy (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

Hi! I was just in Costa Rica in April, and never once did I have a problem, or feel unsafe.

10. Posted by rctravel (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

doesnt matter where you go there is always crime just some places have it more under control then others