I will start by saying, my perspective is coming from being a husband and father of a two. We relocated to Jaco almost two years ago and did so in part of not feeling safe in the United States (for many different reasons that are for a different kind of post). Costa Rica felt like the closest and safest choice for us. I mean the country does not have a military, they do not put up with guns, and the majority of its people live by the “pura vida” lifestyle.
With that being said, like most places in the world, it has its challenges. Most crime committed is petty theft, or as some say “crime of opportunity”. This type of crime you find in any place with poverty. When people are desperate they will find a way to eat, dress, and make a little money. None of this type of crime has felt unsafe to us. We have not been directly affected by it, but we have had friends that have experienced clothes taken off the line and change taken from the unlocked car. Like I said it happens everywhere, as our car got stolen out of our driveway, in the United States, and we lived in great neighborhood.
Jaco nightlife also plays a part within the realm of safety because like momma said “nothing good ever happens after 2am”. It is what it is, you go out stay with your group have a good time and dance the night away. I’m not a night owl but know plenty of people who enjoy the party scene in Jaco on a weekly basis.
All in all, we could go down the laundry list and nitpick all the different type of safety concerns that we have in Jaco and Costa Rica, but that is not the purpose of this post. This is to inform you that the country is constantly committed to safety and implementing measures to increase the safety. The next phase is here. The Municipality of Garabito has approved the implementation of a video surveillance project in Jaco. The project consists of 20 high definition cameras and the technology to make the system function. Another huge step in making Jaco one of the safest beaches in the central pacific.