I’m planning a potential trip to Puerto Viejo in January. I have read some things on this forum indicating that there is a problem with crime, armed robberies and such in town that have happened to tourists. Some people have said not even to take your camera or phone with you when out exploring.
I am a photographer and always take my camera and phone with me, but typically carry it in a small backpack and only take it out when I am taking a photo and then put it away again.
Is Puerto Viejo really that unsafe that you can’t take a camera or phone with you around town? Can anyone offer their experiences or knowledge of how safe the area is for an experienced solo female traveler?