Beaches, banana plantains, jungle, treks, waterfalls and mountains; Costa Rica really has it all and is the perfect place for all styles of holidays from glamping to hotel resorts and tree-top hideaways. Both the coastal areas and the interior of the island are filled with a range of activities from jet skis and rappelling down cliff faces to ATV riding, jungle hikes and canopy zip lines.
Unfortunately accidents do happen and quickly take the fun out of a family holiday.
Trips, slips and falls
Jungle flooring, waterfalls and even a wet marble floor at your hotel are all potential slip or trip hazards. It only takes one fall, a sprained ankle or cracked rib to ruin a holiday.
Clambering down hundreds of feet of sheer cliff face is certainly not without its dangers. Jagged edges, faulty equipment and ignored instructions are all accidents waiting to happen.
Despite their sturdy appearance, what can happen when driving at top speed down bumpy tracks is anyone’s guess and even experienced riders are not without risk to themselves and others. ATVs have been known to easily overturn. Even the jolts and bangs from the uneven ground are enough to cause acute whiplash and permanent back pain. Overturning, however, can be fatal.
Sunburn and dehydration
Severe sunburn and dehydration are ever present dangers, especially for those on tours for full days.
Never underestimate the power of water. Those who are not strong swimmers, venture outside their depth or do not wear proper lifesaving clothing can easily get caught in a strong current.
Food poisoning and travel bugs
Illness or virus from food is always a possibility when abroad and Costa Rica is no different. Unclean water or food that has not been properly cooked can lead to a range of diseases from Salmonella and E-Coli to Shigella.