10 Costa Rica Travel Health Tips for Surf Trips

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Remember: This is IF the tap water is not safe to drink in the area you are visiting. Many places in Costa Rica now have safe drinking water from the tap. Most of the San Jose area, major beach towns, La Fortuna region all have improved their water system. Also, less cattle ranching means less cow patties entering the water stream in areas.

1. When traveling abroad, do not forget that drinking another country’s water can be dangerous or just make you sick for a few days.

2. Do not use tap water to make juice or to rinse fresh fruits and vegetables. Stick with bottled or boiled water, carbonated soft drinks, beer, wine, boiled coffee, and tea.

3. Make sure bottled water is factory sealed before opening. The bottles may have been refilled, if the seals are not intact.

4. Only brush your teeth with bottled water and keep your mouth shut when you are in the shower, even an accidental spray may get you sick.

5. Do not use ice, even in the better hotels and restaurants. Tap water may have been used in the preparation.

6. In areas where hygiene and sanitation are inadequate, avoid salads, uncooked vegetables, and unpasteurized milk and milk products such as cheese.

7. Only eat raw fruits and vegetables that can be peeled.

8. Avoid street food when possible, especially in areas where sanitation is questionable.

9. Eat yogurt. The enzymes can help with digestion.

10. Keep clean. Hand washing is one of the most important practices in preventing illness from infections while traveling.

Additionally, in Costa Rica you will need to drink a lot of water. Even if you are surfing, you are still losing fluids and need to replenish them. I highly recommend some coconut water post surf.


  1. Ray says:

    Hola Pura Veda
    Didnt you have a chart showing wind patterns through our the year?
    Looking mainly in the Tamarindo/ Playa Grande area

  2. Esteban says:

    Not lie, I’m a Costa Rican and you can drink tap water if it comes from a great place. Bottled water is safe to drink, of course if the factory seal is intact.

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