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Safety in San Jose-US Citizen from Milwaukee

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Safety in San Jose-US Citizen from Milwaukee

I will be leaving in less than a month for Costa Rica. We recently had a well traveled young man lose his life in San Jose. Is it safe in the area of Alajula by the airport for a female to walk around?


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1. Re: Safety in San Jose-US Citizen from Milwaukee

First of all, the young man who lost his life, actually got lost and was in a really bad neighborhood. Not someplace that tourists would go - unless they were lost. Imagine the worst/most dangerous neighborhood in Milwaukee.

So not all of San Jose is really dangerous. The most common crime is petty theft.

However --- the airport is not actually in San Jose but in Alajuela, the next town over. It's about 30 minutes from San Jose.

Alajuela is, in general, much safer and less crime than San Jose. But really, the airport area is not an area to be "walking around." About the only "walking" you would do is to walk from the terminal to one of the bus stops. Just like most airports, it's not conducive to walking around.

What, exactly, did you have in mind? Where do you want to go?

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2. Re: Safety in San Jose-US Citizen from Milwaukee

I'm a single woman of a certain age. Just spent the last 10 days here in San Jose, and Uvita. Walked down city streets in the early evening - dark at 5:30 pm, I also traveled on public buses. Felt safe, but did take the appropriate precautions ie not flashing expensive technology, wearing revealing clothes, etc. Precautions I would take if I was in any city. Not sure that I'd feel as safe in Milwaukee as I do here in San Jose.

I'm from Canada, where most people don't lock their front doors.

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3. Re: Safety in San Jose-US Citizen from Milwaukee

Thanks for your response. I find Costa Rica to be a beautiful and intriguing country. The people that I have met have been helpful and friendly. I found the incident with the Milwaukee native to be a reminder to always be aware of your surroundings and trust your judgement. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences in San Jose. I am more inclined to explore this area before I leave.


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4. Re: Safety in San Jose-US Citizen from Milwaukee

Thanks for all your helpful inforamtion.

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