The couple had arrived an hour earlier and taken a cab off the street (we call them ‘red’ or public taxis) from the airport to their hotel nearby. When they reached the hotel, they realized they did not have lower-denomination bills to pay the cab driver. They both walked inside to the hotel counter but when they returned to the cab, the cab driver and all their belongings were gone.
They had returned to the airport in hopes that the airport cameras would have captured something about the taxi they had hailed.
How unfortunate and sad!
But three hard lessons learned for you, Costa Rica vacationers:
1. When you leave the international airport, take an orange cab (who have an alliance with the airport and are lined up to your left when you walk out of Customs).
Their official name is Taxis Unidos. Otherwise, take Uber.
2. Never, EVER leave your belongings with someone you do not know, out of your sight. It amazes me that anyone still does this.
3. It’s smart to break down the larger bills that come out of the ATM into smaller bills or coins to have before you leave the airport. Maybe buy a pack of gum or a bottle of water or something. This is something that is smart whether you are here in Costa Rica or any country. Often, taxi drivers who intend to scam you will pull this kind of a trick and tell you they don’t have change.
A sobering lesson for all those who #travel but remember it’s your responsibility to take your own safety precautions.
This is paradise, but it isn’t perfect!