15 Mar 2012. A reoccuring theme... Spend your money in another country. we were in Costa Rica less than 4 hours and had all our suitcases and belongings stolen from our rental car, EVERYTHING. all while we were sitting at a restaurant, watching our car with it backed into the parking space. a red car pulled up and set up a diversion as a girl was on a her cell phone. everything was taken from the SUV's side door after they jimmied the lock. it happened just south of Jaco in tarcoles. many posters here say, oh its bad everywhere. WHY would you go to a place where you dont feel safe or welcome to spend your time and money? when you lose everything and dont know where to turn its an overwhelming feeling of helplessness. not to mention your families safety. I didnt trust anyone in that restaurant or anywhere else after this happened. we spent the next 3 days getting back the bare necessities. everywhere we went we didnt feel safe. THIS IS THE FIRST EVER VACATION THAT ME AND MY FAMILY WHERE READY TO COME HOME. The US embassey said that as of the 16th Mar, 45 passports had been stolen this month alone. Do your homework to be best informed, SEARCH keywords: THIEVES, car theft. pass port theft.