You may have a view of Central America as being something of a third world location with many dangers around every corner. It certainly isn’t that bad and is a hugely enjoyable vacation spot but it is worth being aware of some hazardous hotspots to avoid accident and injury while abroad.
If you have suffered a travel injury that was not your fault then you can claim for travel accident compensation by calling Accident Advice Helpline.
What are the main risks?
- Petty crime and robbery
Central America and particularly the big cities or more remote areas have something of a reputation for pick-pocketing, muggings and burglary in isolated accommodation. There are tales in countries like Costa Rica of bag snatching, money changers swindling and even police hailing down hired vehicles to pressure for bribes.Costa Rica feels like a very developed country but it is definitely worth staying aware and keeping your belongings close at hand. On some of the beaches it has become such an annoyance that visitors dare not leave anything to go for a swim for fear of theft. These crimes are not often violent in nature but could certainly ruin your holiday.In Guatemala on the hiking routes around Lago Atitilan there have been reports of robbery.
- Mosquitoes and other bugs
Mosquitoes are an annoyance in all tropical countries and you should wear protection and use repellent especially if you are in a region known for malaria or dengue fever.Sand flies on remote areas such as in Belize and on the Caribbean coast are extremely painful when they bite.
Be aware that the sun can be extremely hot and you should always wear sunblock to avoid nasty sunburn injuries. Even if you are not sun bathing it is important to be aware since often boat transport for example will leave you exposed to the elements.
Travelling the country on the local “chicken buses” can either be a delight or a nightmare depending on how long your journey is and how hardy you are as a traveller. Either way, don’t expect comfort, personal space or to get any sleep on overnight trips and use clothing as a makeshift pillow to avoid neck injuries.
Whatever misfortune befalls you on your trip, if it was somebody else’s fault then Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make an injury claim. We have years of experience dealing with all sorts of accidents from slips, trips and falls to road traffic accidents, so call us today on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice