Thursday, April 2, 2020

We Decided to Stay in Costa Rica

Thursday, April 2, 2020

On our 8th day in Costa Rica, the government declared the country under state of emergency, closing its borders to foreigners and non-residents, shutting down all public places including beaches, suspending all mass gatherings, and ordering everyone to stay home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We were supposed to travel to Rio de Janeiro after a two-week stay in Costa Rica but we decided to hunker down in Manuel Antonio, at Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast, instead.

So why did we choose to stay here? First, we felt that it was not only dangerous but also selfish and irresponsible to travel further to Brazil. Second, countries in Central and South America have started imposing travel restrictions then and the risk of being stuck in an airport during transit was very high. Third, we felt safe and comfortable here in Manuel Antonio, a small beach town that still doesn't have a case of the virus. 

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