I recently read a post that really turned me off from going to Costa Rica. The post went on about how unsafe, touristy and overly tacky it is. It spoke about the beaches being rocky not sandy and contaminated, shady characters and a multitude of prostitutes. I don't mind the bar scene, however the level of safety required is important to us as well as the beaches. We would all like to enjoy clean uncontaminated waters.Touristy? well I guess that should be expected to some extent but tacky?? what does that mean?? Isn't touristy equivalent to tacky anyway?
Is all this true? If so, what are better places to visit in CR?
We were looking to rent a house with another couple and their 10 yr old son. Having read the post last night I'm not sure that's the plan anymore. I am completely bummed out and disappointed.
Any information or advise would be greatly appreciated.
BTW...I visited CR (not Jaco) about 6yrs ago my sister was living in Heredia and it seemed fairly safe, we never had any issues and I thought it was a beautiful coutry that I always said I'd return to explore.