Is Santa Ana a safe place for two women? I
For two women doing what? Visiting, living there, going to bars, walking around.... give us a clue.
Pretty much anywhere in Costa Rica is safe for two women (or anyone) as long as they use good common sense.
Thank you. Also, how much spanish should we know?
Many people in Costa Rica speak English, and they will do their best to communicate with you in English. Although, if you ask me, it shows much respect from visitors when they try to communicate in Spanish, shows that you care not only to be here but to learn and practice the language of the locals. I, personally, really appreciate it when people try to speak to me in Spanish, it shows you care. So, if you the more spanish you speak the better.
If you can learn just 20-30 Spanish words, it will help. Otherwise, bring a Latin American Phrase Book -- I have always used the Berlitz one. Then if you get really stuck, you can just point to the phrase you need.
I stayed in Santa Ana with my daughter a few years back. I was nervous, we rode the bus into San Jose. Not worth seeing first of all, it was nothing but a huge flea market, then some man constantly followed us talking. People were friendly and actually two young men gave their seats up for us on the bus that is. But at night stayed in. I felt like I was always watching out.Edited: 06 October 2016, 01:08