The Zika Scare – Is it safe to travel to Costa Rica?

Zika has seriously affected travel to Latin America and most likely will continue to do so.  Here is our take on traveling to Costa Rica or Nicaragua this year.

When Zika made the news for the first time in February 2016, we published a blog recommending that pregnant women or women that are actively trying to get pregnant should not be travelling to Costa Rica nor Nicaragua right now.  We uphold this recommendation and extend it to heterosexual men that are planning to have children with their partners in the next three to six months.  In case you are planning to become pregnant after a vacation in Latin America and are not sure if you were bitten by a mosquito, a simple blood test can rule out Zika easily.

In comparison to other countries like Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and El Salvador there have been very few confirmed cases of Zika in Costa Rica and Nicaragua to date.

Lapa Rios
The more remote, the less likely you will be stung by a mosquito that is infected with Zika.  Lapa Rios Ecolodge on the Osa is remote and located on a ridge.

We will continue to ensure our potential guests have access to the most up to date news on ZIKA, as reported by international authorities.  We would never want to put the health of our guests’ unborn children into jeopardy.  This New York Times site is one of the most complete sites for getting good information about Zika.

However, if you are not planning to have children any time soon or you are “done” having kids, we think it is the right time to come visit us in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  This is why:

  • Travel and taking a holiday in a beautiful country may offer more health benefits which outweigh the potential symptoms if you attract ZIKA.
  • If you travel to remote places like where our hotels and lodges are located, you are much less likely to get mosquito transmitted diseases like Zika.  The fewer people, the better.  Guests in our lodges still see a lot more monkeys and wildlife than people.
  • Many of our hotels and lodges are located in areas with very few mosquitos as they are located on hillsides which means no standing water for mosquitos to breed.
  • We are actively involved in educational campaigns on how to prevent Zika in the communities where we operate and seeing good success in eliminating the breeding grounds for the mosquitos that transmit Zika.

If you have further questions about specifics in the areas where the Cayuga Collection hotels, lodges and resorts are located, send us a note to  We will be happy to give you our sincere advice on what is best for you in terms of visiting us this year.   And the ultimate authority on everything related to Zike is the Center for Disease Control.  Here is the link with updated information.

View from Kura Design Villas in Uvita
View from Kura Design Villas in Uvita.  This Cayuga Collection Hotel is also located up on a hill with little or no standing water for mosquitoes to breed.



One response to “The Zika Scare – Is it safe to travel to Costa Rica?”

  1. Of course Costa Rica is one of the best places to travel alone. Such things can effect the traveling for few time. But people should not be affected by such fears. Be bold and enjoy traveling here!

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