What is wrong with This Picture?
OK…ok…I get it….I am a guest in the beautiful country of Costa Rica, and I am enjoying the warm sunshine on the Pacific Coast, smoke a little, drink a little, and just basically keep to myself in Costa Rica. No flash, no yacht, no all night bar fests, but IT happened again. I was robbed in Costa Rica.
What do they say (whoever “they” are), fool me once, shame on me, and twice, shame on you?, or something like that, but I was robbed again and this time tazered, bound, and threatened with a painful death if I didn’t open the safe and tell the hombre where my money was. So I don’t get it, the picture is wrong, I should be able to relax in the greatest Latin American Democracy and count on the cops or the OIJ in Costa Rica (the Costa Rica FBI) to look after me, arrest a few bad guys, and get my stuff back, but now I am told that petty crime is on the rise…and a rapid rise at that, and they just don’t have the manpower or resources (if only the Yanks would come to their aid and bring a few rocket launchers or frag grenades)
It’s just too bad, my stuff is long gone and gracing someone else’s casa in Costa Rica. The Costa Rican local tour operators gave me a line when I asked before I rented if there was a security issue, which I have since learned was meant to build up an otherwise dismal tourist season in Costa Rica.
Now the bars are going on the doors and windows, and I can’t sit out after dark, otherwise I am at risk and on my own in Costa Rica. So, I give up, I am not going back to Snowville (Canada) but I am going to find some serious security in an awe inspiring condo and spend my nights watching the tough guys trying to figure a way in, oh such fun. In hindsight, I guess I was a bit naive thinking I could be friendly and supportive and try to blend in here in Costa Rica, but it didn’t happen and I don’t want to sound bitter as I am staying, there are some great people and places here.
My advice to anyone thinking of retiring in Costa Rica, stay in the larger city areas, don’t wander off the path, and if you decide to stay, get a big dog and/or a can of pepper spray and trust no one…..what a shame. But this is what is wrong in Costa Rica – getting robbed or ripped off in Costa Rica spoils it somewhat.