Monday 5 December 2022

Costa Rica’s Hidden Minefields — a real danger

San Jose's sidewalks, tourists should be aware of the many hidden dangers.

Paying the bills

Latest

The 100 best companies and leaders in Costa Rica in reputation according to Merco

QCOSTARICA - Dos Pinos, Florida Ice and Farm (FIFCO),...

Remember today’s holiday is non-compulsory payment

QCOSTARICA - This Monday is the last long-weekend holiday...

Two hopes crushed in one game at Qatar World Cup group stage

QCOSTARICA - A thrilling Thursday in Qatar has brought...

Political abandonment condemns farmers to ruin and pushes them to extinction

QCOSTARICA (Semanario Universidad) The end of 2022 leaves the...

Cuba’s Informal Market Finds New Space on Growing Internet

Q24N (VOA) Havana — In the Telegram group chat, the...

Lagoon Dries Up as Drought Grips Peru’s Southern Andes

Q24N (VOA) From her home under the baking sun...

How to Choose Hotel for Your Next Trip

Choosing the right hotel isn’t a piece of cake,...

Dollar Exchange

¢601.14 Buy

¢609.83 Sell

3 December 2022 - At The Banks - BCCR

Paying the bills

Share

When one thinks of minefields, the first thing that comes to mind are the world’s worn-torn zones where armed conflicts take place. Nobody would ever picture peaceful Costa Rica as having minefields since the country has not been at war since the late 1940s. In fact, on December 1, 1948, President José Figures Ferrer abolished the military after victory in the civil war that same year, thus ensuring peace for future generations.

In this case let me redefine the term minefields.

- Advertisement -

Costa Rica does not actually have minefields. However, I have used said term figuratively in order to define a real danger for pedestrians of all ages — the country’s unsafe sidewalks.

A few weeks ago a friend was strolling down one of San José’s sidewalks, about a block from the city’s Central Park. All of sudden he stumbled on a crack in the sidewalk, fell into the street and struck his head. A couple of bystanders raced to his aid when they saw what had occurred. They helped my friend to his feet since he had a gash oozing blood above his eyebrow, was dizzy and slightly disoriented. Fortunately, this untimely accident occurred only a few blocks form the Hospital Clínica Bíblica.

My friend made his way to the hospital’s ER room and the staff quickly admitted and stabilized him. They treated his scrapes and stitched the cut over his eye. He was lucky to have not suffered a more serious injury like a broken bone, concussion or even death. In some cases head injuries can be fatal.

Costa Rica is a beautiful country with a stellar reputation that attracts thousands tourists and expat retirees every year. But the country’s sidewalks pose a real hazard because of their deplorable condition. They are uneven, cracked and in most cases in a state of disrepair. To make matters worse during the country’s rainy season they are extremely slippery.

After hearing about my friend’s mishap I made it a point to really check out the sidewalks that I use every day. Unbelievably, I discovered every block has four or five places where a person can trip and fall. That is precisely why I compare the country’s sidewalks to minefields because of the imminent danger lurking with every step a person takes.

I have been in the relocation business for over 30 years and the majority of my clients are over fifty years old. Anyone knows that falling at any age can cause a series injury. Costa Rica is a wonderful country with an almost flawless international image. But tourists should be aware of the many hidden dangers like ocean riptides, dangerous driving conditions and even the country’s seemingly harmless sidewalks and streets.

- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
Avatar photo
Christopher Howardhttp://www.liveincostarica.com
Christopher Howard has lived, worked and played in one of the most magical places on earth for more than 33 years. His love for Central America is so great that he became a citizen of Costa Rica. Howard is the author the perennial best-selling travel/retirement/overseas investment guide book (15 editions), The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica. He is the only author of any of the guidebooks about Costa Rica who actually lives there full-time. You can reach Howard at liveincostarica.com

Related Articles

Sansa resumes flights between Costa Rica and Nicaragua

QCOSTARICA - As of December 16, the Costa Rican airline Sansa...

Getting your driver’s license made easier

QCOSTARICA - Getting your driver's license in a single day is...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.