Costa Rica and Covid: The safest country in Latin America (and the Caribbean!)
Here’s the big question: when and where is it safe to travel?
If the world leaders don’t have the answer to that question, I don’t either unfortunately.
But is Costa Rica a safe destination? Yes definitely.
Even before the pandemic, Costa Rica ranked as the safest country in Central America and the Caribbean by the Global Peace Index.
But if you want to talk specifically about covid-related safety, Costa Rica’s leaders were quick to react to the pandemic and closed borders in mid-March and then got really serious, really fast about minimizing contact between people.
The decisions they made weren’t exactly popular, but they worked.
As of mid-July Costa Rica has only 7,596 cases and none in Montezuma. Health and safety concerns have been top priority since the beginning.
Here at Los Mangos, all rooms will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before guests’ arrival and cleaning and hotel staff wear masks and gloves if necessary.
But avoiding hazardous situations is only part of staying healthy these days. The other, probably more important part is embracing what nourishes you…
Reconnect in nature and a tight-knit community
It’s no secret that Costa Rica is for nature lovers.
The word got out back in the early 90s (that’s when I first traveled here!) about how stunning nature is here and the number of people who’ve fallen in love has grown exponentially since then.
All this outdoor space leaves a lot more room for social distancing without the constrictions, sure. But nature is way more than a buffer for the coronavirus, especially in Montezuma.
Here, we’re at the edge of the jungle overlooking the sea, cut through by rivers and streams and surrounded by wildlife and dense gorgeous green.
Howlers monkeys whooping in the treetops at dawn, a cacophony of birds around sunset, oh and the occasional iguana or yoga cat…
Spend even a week here and you’ll find the same laughing artisans on the streets selling their jewelry, the same talented fire throwers at night, the same friendly faces of the locals at the beach or the waterfall or serving dinner in local restaurants.
Costa Rica is a small county, and Montezuma is a pretty small town of about 500 people. Our sense of community is tightly woven into our everyday lives.
If you felt cooped up inside and disconnected from your yoga studio and community this year, relaxing in unspoiled nature and soul-soothing community might be exactly how to reconnect.