Post # 1
My honeymoon is 3 months away and I’m researching about recommended vaccines for Costa Rica. I’ve traveled to Kenya 5 years ago and got a ton of shots, sadly some of them only good for 2 years though. Just wondering if any bees that have been to CR got any of the recommended vaccines. Was looking online and I’ve read a lot of people don’t worry with it and they were fine.
To clarify, my Hep A is current, and I’ve already gotten the hep B series years ago as a student nurse. My typhoid is no longer current but my tetanus is. I’m mainly asking for my husband, since he will be a more difficult one to convince to pay $$$ for shots.
Post # 3
If you are in the tourist areas I think you will be okay.
Post # 4
@chasesgirl: We are going to the Arenal area, Monteverde area and Manual Antonio area. We plan on mountainbiking, ziplining in the forest, hiking, scuba diving and white water rafting. I’m def gonna research travel insurance just in case my inner clutz gets the best of me on this trip.
Post # 5
We vacationed in Costa Rica in August of 2009 for a little over a week and did not need to get any vaccines. We ziplined in both Monteverde and Manuel Antonio, it was so much fun!
Post # 6
We just got back from Costa Rica and didn’t get any shots prior to going. We spent 4 nights in the Arenal area before heading to the Pacific Coast. Ziplining was fun, but I actually enjoyed the canyoning (repelling down waterfalls) even more.
Post # 7
@nursemel: came to visit in 2010… got a tetanus shot first. live here now, and no further vaccinations have been needed 🙂
Post # 8
I went to Belize three years ago, and I went to a local health clinic and got whatever vaccinations they recommended. A doctor friend recommended that I get it done there, as it was very inexpensive. I don’t think that I really needed them, but some of them (tetanus shot and Hep A vac) were just good to have regardless.
I took some kind of anti malaria drug called Chloroquin (sp?), and I would advise against taking it. It caused quite a bit of pressure in my ears, and in those of my SO so we were unable to scuba dive or dive down when snorkeling. Also, it gave us horrible nightmares, to the point that we had to stop taking it while on our trip.
Hope I helped. Have always wanted to go to Costa Rica!
Post # 9
@JennaWade: I took antimalaria stuff when I went to Kenya 5 years ago and it made me sick. I remember horrible nightmares as well. Forget the name but you took it every day for a few days before your trip, your entire time there, and a few days after you got back. I remember almost vomiting on the guy working customs when we landed back in AZ, not good.
Post # 10
I spent a month in Costa Rica – 2 weeks in a little rural village and 2 weeks in tourist areas. I didn’t need any vaccines. Some of the people on the trip took anti-malaria pills, but most of us didn’t and had no issues.
Post # 11
Nope – I didn’t have any vaccinations, and didn’t take anti-malarials either. I was advised that there was no need.
Post # 12
I backpacked for three weeks through CR and Panama and didn’t get shots. Also didn’t get sick. We ziplined in Monteverde, ate a lot of local roadside street food, and got bit by a ton of sand flies in Dominical. We were totally fine.
Post # 13
I don’t think you need any special vaccines in Costa Rica. Just the same normal one you get in the States
Post # 14
I went there two or so years ago (and Nica) and didn’t need any vaccinations. The water at the hotel was flltered so I didn’t have to even worry about boiling my water.
I think so long as your tetanus is current, you’ll be fine.
Post # 15
No. I went to a more remote area in the southwest part of the country and also zip-lined, ATV’d in the mountains (WAY scarier than zip-lining, by the way!), etc. I didn’t come across anything that said I needed them, and I felt very comfortable while there.
Post # 16
I went there about a year and a half ago for some volunteer work. I didn’t get any vaccines but I would recommend it if you’re planning on going through the country for mountain biking and stuff. I meant to get them but I was in the process of getting a new job and moving and the trip snuck up on me. It’s better to be safe than sorry.