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On the whole Monterrico is a fairly safe village. Opportunistic crime does occur but rarely and is more likely to happen on weekends when the numbers in town swell. It is wise to take the usual precautions regarding keeping belongings safe.

Walking around at night is generally fine, but a drunk girl shouldn’t stumble home alone at 2 a.m. in case someone seeks to take advantage. Looking for turtles at night should not be a problem either but again, if two girls are alone, then guys might get the wrong idea. Groups are better, preferably mixed gender. See Nightlife Etiquette for Women.

A far bigger danger here is the ocean itself which is deceptively strong. The beach cuts away sharply causing a fierce undertow - especially at high tide. If caught in an undertow, breathe when you can, relax and let it take you. Fighting it will only exhaust you faster. Eventually you will be deposited at the surface, rest for a moment and then start the swim back, all the time keeping a sharp look out for the next big wave. The most important thing is not to panic. If in doubt, ask someone who knows when is a good time to swim.

There is a lifeguard on weekends and flags are posted to indicate the conditions of the sea. Green is OK, yellow means be careful and red is for danger - do not swim. Under no circumstances should even the strongest swimmer consider going into the ocean after a few drinks. It’s too dangerous to be worth it.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Monterrico: When To Go, Services, Nightlife Summary, Conscientious Turtle Behavior, Nightlife Etiquette For Women, Accomodation Summary and Restaurant Summary.

By Kathryn
Independent and optimistic, I believe in following your dreams and have been doing just that, traveling the world for the last 9 years. British by...
06 Feb 2010

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