Caribbean hotel closes due to increasing insecurity

April 5, 2013

Colón Caribe Hotel, located on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast, on Thursday announced it would cease all operations because of an ongoing crime wave in the area.

Last month five assailants robbed tourists and staff at gunpoint at the hotel in the early morning hours. They took laptops, digital cameras, clothes, cellphones and cash.

The hotel management announced its decision through a press release, saying that despite the efforts of local police and the support of other public security forces, the results have not been noticeable or as quick as they would like.

“We have private security officers, surveillance cameras at all access points and all our rooms have safes, but our vital interest is in the safety of our guests and staff,” the letter said.

In February, five armed robbers also forced their way into Hotel Samasati, located in the same area, and held up some 18 tourists – most of them U.S. citizens – by herding them into a single room and locking them in. The bandits stole some $6,000 in cash, digital cameras and other personal belongings.

The situation in the area prompted the U.S. Embassy last month to issue an alert on its website warning U.S. citizens living in or visiting Costa Rica to be cautious.

Officials from the U.S. Consular Section visited the region to provide assistance to those affected by crime and “to urge the Costa Rican government to get out in front of this problem,”  the Embassy stated in a press release at the time.

You may be interested

Adaptive surfing, part II: The story of Dean Bushby
sports
158 views
sports
158 views

Adaptive surfing, part II: The story of Dean Bushby

Ellen Zoe Golden - May 22, 2018

A three-part look at adaptive surfing in Costa Rica. Read Part I here to learn how a Central Pacific coach is…

Costa Rica launches Pride Connection network
Human rights
191 views
Human rights
191 views

Costa Rica launches Pride Connection network

Elizabeth Lang - May 22, 2018

As Costa Rica continues to grapple with the disagreements about marriage equality and gender identity that dominated the second round…

Costa Rica at a glance: top news from the past week
The Alvarado Administration
219 views
The Alvarado Administration
219 views

Costa Rica at a glance: top news from the past week

The Tico Times - May 21, 2018

Newly inaugurated Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado is closing in on two weeks on the job. Here are some of…