- We had no problems regarding our safety or that of our
- We were careful in that we did not wear jewelry or watches
that were worth stealing and carried nothing with us that we thought
- Friends of ours, traveling by rental car in Costa Rica,
lost their passports and wallets when they left them in plain view in
the back of the car while they went swimming at the beach.
Thieves are opportunists and will take advantage if it is given.
Keep valuables hidden and locked away. Carry your wallet in your
front pocket. If you have a handbag have a good grip on it,
particularly in markets. These are some common sense precautions
- The cash we had on us we were prepared to give up should
someone demand it from us. With that in mind we also had our cash in
motorhome stashed in various places. You need a fair bit of cash, as
it to buy virtually everything, most notably gas. We had about a
hidden in such spots as the traditional hollowed out book, in an empty
in the freezer, and in a peanut and an oatmeal container. The idea was
anyone nasty demanded money, reaching for one of these and handing over
couple hundred dollars would make them happy. We never needed to put
- Once I was annoyed with a man who climbed up the ladder on
of the RV and
looked in the window. I got out and told him in flaming English to get
He understood perfectly, and left. No one else tried it.
- On a couple of occasions we did pay mordida. John crossed a
solid white line and was pulled over in Veracruz. The motorcycle cop
and this being our first experience he handed it over. Later we learned
- I was pulled over and told there was a fine for having the
bikes on the front. I just said that it was legal and that I was paying
nothing. All that and I hardly speak a work of Spanish. In the end the policia
gave up and told us that we must pull over and put the bikes inside. I
our papers and nodded and we continued on our way. We never moved the
- Another RV couple we know play dumb, speak no Spanish and
- Just be very careful, especially around Veracruz, and be
sure that you donít break any local laws.
- In general avoid big cities.
- We believe our dog was a deterrent to anyone who might have
wanted to investigate the vehicle.
- Whatever you do, donít take any kind of gun south
of the U.S. border, and donít carry illegal drugs. Time in jail would
- Most officials we met were friendly people who made us
- Honduras has recently been noted as the worst country, be
prepared. See Update#74.