(Closed) Did you get vaccines when you went to Costa Rica?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

If you are in the tourist areas I think you will be okay. 

Post # 5
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@nursemel:  came to visit in 2010… got a tetanus shot first. live here now, and no further vaccinations have been needed 🙂

Post # 8
50 posts
Worker bee

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 # 10
4323 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Nope – I didn’t have any vaccinations, and didn’t take anti-malarials either. I was advised that there was no need.

Post # 12
3583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
9552 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t think you need any special vaccines in Costa Rica. Just the same normal one you get in the States

Post # 14
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
311 posts
Helper bee

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.

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