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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

The town’s large number of easily spotted tourists has attracted thieves. In response, the Costa Rican authorities have greatly increased police presence in the area, but travelers should always lock hotel rooms and never leave cars unattended on the street – use guarded lots instead. The area is far from dangerous, but the laid-back atmosphere should not lull you into a false sense of security.

In addition, women should keep in mind that the town’s bars attract rowdy crowds of plantation workers on weekends. So walking around town in your swimsuit will most certainly garner the wrong kind of attention.

Note that the beaches in Quepos are polluted and not recommended for swimming. Go over the hill to Manuel Antonio instead.

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While you're there

Medical services

Dr Max Teran Vals (777 0200) A hospital that provides emergency medical care for the Quepos and Manuel Antonio area. It’s on the Costanera Sur en route to the airport. However, this hospital doesn’t have a trauma center and seriously injured patients are evacuated to San José.

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