Tips for Women Traveling Alone in Costa Rica

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#1 Jul 28, 2010
Costa Rica is a safe country to travel in, and most probably you will have no problem as a woman visiting alone; nevertheless, you should always keep some things in mind.

Sadly, Latin American men have a male chauvinistic reputation that can impact your holiday in some way. In rural areas, men are not used to seeing women traveling alone; thus, you may get some unwanted attention in the way of hissing, catcalls, flirtatious remarks, and come-ons in Spanish.

The best way to handle a flirtatious remark, or “piropo” as it is called in Costa Rica, is with humor and a thick skin. While walking down the street you can expect to receive calls of “mi amor”(my love or sweetheart),“qué belleza”(what a beauty), or “rica mami”(sexy). These “piropos” mean no harm or disrespect, so take them as compliments.

Costa Rica may look a lot like home; however, the culture is quite different. You should just act like a “tica”(Costa Rican woman) and ignore the flirtatious remarks. Keep your eyes straight ahead and refrain from replying.

If you want to completely avoid unwanted male attention, there are two things you can do:

1. Walk with a man by your side
It is very easy to make friends while traveling, so you can ask one of your new male friends to walk with you down the street; you will discover that magically, all the hissing and come-ons stop.

2. Change your wardrobe
You will see that the “ticas” dress very provocatively, with tight clothes and high stiletto heels; nevertheless, these girls are used to male chauvinism and they know how to handle the rude comments that are tossed at them. If you don’t want a piece of that, just dress more conservatively.

Take into account that the rural areas in Costa Rica are very different to San José, the capital, and these are more traditional and conservative. You should refrain from using provocative clothing while visiting rural areas, even more so because it will be incredibly uncomfortable in more than one way… you’ll see why!

It is always an amazing adventure to travel alone, and Costa Rica is a perfect destination for that. You just have to know what to expect and be mentally prepared to ignore the machismo.

But remember, not all “ticos”(Costa Rican men) are chauvinists; the majority will treat you with lots of respect and sincere kindness. Just be smart, stay safe, and fully enjoy your Costa Rica vacation!

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Julieta Laham

Julieta Laham is a member of the concierge team at Los Suenos Resort and Marina, in beautiful Los Suenos, Costa Rica. Julieta has a blog where she shares Costa Rica travel tips:
Donald Villalobos

San José, Costa Rica

#2 Jun 30, 2013
Hello Friends!
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