Costa Rica has clinched the top spot as the safest country in Latin America, according to the latest update of the Global Peace Index. With its low violent crime rate and stable political environment, it stands out as a haven of security in a region grappling with security challenges. Costa Rica distinguishes itself by being the only country in the world without a standing army, bolstering its reputation as a peaceful nation.

Medical Tourism

Travelers and medical tourists have taken note of the safety record. In recent years, the country has become a sought-after destination for orthopedic procedures, particularly hip resurfacing. The reasons behind this trend are multifaceted.

Costa Rica boasts excellent healthcare facilities equipped with cutting-edge technology and highly skilled medical professionals. The cost of healthcare is significantly lower compared to many other countries, making it an appealing option for patients seeking affordable solutions. The emphasis on providing exceptional patient experiences further enhances Costa Rica’s allure as a healthcare destination.

Costa Rica Crowned Best Travel Destination


In addition to its healthcare offerings, Costa Rica continues to receive recognition for its thriving tourism sector. National Geographic’s Travel Readers’ Choice Awards bestowed Costa Rica with the title of the best travel destination in Latin America.

The country’s awe-inspiring natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, pristine beaches and rich marine life make it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Whether it’s the vibrant Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast or the Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica offers an array of unforgettable experiences. The Corcovado National Park with its 13 distinct ecosystems presents thrilling activities, such as river rafting, canyoning, cave tubing and wildlife encounters.

The commitment to safety extends to the entry requirements. Vaccinated visitors face minimal restrictions upon entering the country with no tests, quarantines or additional expenses required. This enables travelers to fully immerse themselves in Costa Rica’s beauty without unnecessary hindrances.

Concerns Over Crime

While it’s important to acknowledge that challenges exist in every country, Costa Rica is no exception. Concerns have been raised about crimes committed by certain groups of Venezuelan migrants. Public perception of safety within the country has fluctuated. However, the country’s unwavering dedication to safety make it an ideal destination for those in search of tranquility, adventure and natural wonders. As the country continues to attract visitors from around the world, it remains committed to providing a secure and enjoyable experience for all who set foot on its shores.