Post # 1
We’ve already booked our stay here: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sjojw-jw-marriott-guanacaste-resort-and-spa/ but now I’m concerned.
Yesterday I was doing some google research and it sounds like the Tamarindo area of Costa Rica is becoming known for its crime problem. Does anybody know anything about this area? I would definitely appreciate any insight y’all might have!
Post # 3
We’re also honeymooning in Costa Rica (Guanacaste). I haven’t heard anything bad about the areas. Rather I’m hearing about how wonderful it is there and how we’ll have an amazing time. My fiance’s co-worker was just there and couldn’t stop raving about it.
That probably didn’t answer your question, but I hope it helps!
Post # 4
Actually that does make me feel better!
Post # 5
I’ve never been to Costa Rica before, but my parents went for their 25th wedding anniversay 2 years ago. They said it was one of the most beautiful places they have ever been to. They stayed almost exclusively inland, in the rainforest area. I don’t know the demographics of Costa Rica very well, but they continue to rave about it!
You could always contact Costa Rica’s tourism bureau if you want further reassurance.
Post # 6
We went to Costa Rica last year and visited Arenal and Monteverde. Everything felt really super safe! They really have a huge tourist infrastructure and it’s one of the safest areas to travel I think in that part of the world.
Post # 7
We went to Costa Rica for Christmas–visited 4 cities, not the one you’re going to, but before we went I googled and heard pretty much the same thing. Tourism is one of Costa Rica’s cash cows and you’re probably going to be going to a touristy type place, so you shouldn’t have to worry. Hubby and I went out a lot with locals and it was basically the same as going out in any city (basic safety precautions like not putting a wallet in the back pocket or flashing jewelry) it was fine.
It’s a beautiful place and they take care of tourists. You’ll have a great time.
Post # 8
My sister used to live in Costa Rica, so I’ve been before. We’re spending the first leg of our honeymoon there. (Renting a villa in the Orosi Valley and a 4×4 for exploring.)
If you want to read up more about the country and Tamarindo, check out the Tico Times. It’s the national English-language newspaper. (Unless you speak Spanish, and then I can recommend some others!)
Overall, I wouldn’t worry about it. Tamarindo is a big ex-pat/tourist place. I wouldn’t leave any belonings unattended out in the open, but I wouldn’t give the trip a second thought – other than thinking about how much fun it will be!
Post # 9
Thanks everybody. That really eases my mind! I’m looking forward to the honeymoon again. 🙂
Post # 10
I have a friend who lives in Tamarindo. There is some crime based around taking advantage of careless tourists, but as long as you are smart (not walking around after dark etc) you should be fine.
Post # 11
We stayed in a private villa on a gated property. It was awesome and we felt very secure. http://www.mytropicalhoneymoon.com Have fun! 🙂
Post # 12
I’m planning on staying at the JW Marriott too…yay! I just talked to someone last night that stayed there in October and loved it.