Deaths of U.S. Citizens in Costa Rica. Accidents account for the most deaths, followed by drowning, then suicides then ….

As you will know by now I often have a problem with the way news is reported and where possible try to show the other side of the story when other sources insist on only reporting the negative news.

Maybe it’s because I have zero training in journalism and consider myself a professional ‘scribbler’ but it seems to me that when you tell a story that it should be somewhat balanced.

When you write about jobs being lost in Costa Rica, you should also mention that there are also thousands of much higher paid jobs being filled than there are being lost.

I remember one article in the Canadian ‘The Recorder & Times’ which reported on the unfortunate death by drowning of a Canadian lawyer in Costa Rica.

The headline reads: Local lawyer killed in Costa Rica.

Maybe Canadians have a different concept of being “killed’ but I would like to politely suggest that a more appropriate title might have been ‘Local lawyer drowns in Costa Rica’ or maybe ‘Local lawyer dies in Costa Rica’ or ‘Local lawyer dies in surf accident in Costa Rica.’

Wouldn’t you agree?

But most papers love to make things look worse than they really are …

How Do U.S. Citizens Die in Costa Rica?

If you check the most recent Deaths of U.S. Citizens Abroad statistics compiled by the US Department of State from October 2002 – End of June 2012 you will see that accidental death is the number one cause of non-natural death for US citizens in Costa Rica.

  • 84 – Accidents (Auto (32), Motorcycle (11), Air (10), Maritime (5), “Other” (26)
  • 68 – Drowning, Beach/Ocean/Lake
  • 41 – Suicide
  • 38 – Homicide
  • 21 – Drug-Related

Most recently 52 year old U.S. citizen Dean Charles Krieg died in a car accident at around 3.30am on Saturday 3rd August 2013 when his car crashed into a small river. Dean Krieg owned a small 4×4 rental car company in Grecia, Costa Rica.

During that period of nearly ten years, 262 US citizens died in Costa Rica, 84 of them died in car/motorcycle/air/maritime/”other” accidents, 68 of them drowned, there were 41 suicides and 38 homicides and, it should be noted that quite a few of them were murdered by fellow Americans…

But again, don’t take my word for it! Go visit the U.S. State department website for yourself…

Take a good, hard look around and you’ll find that Costa Rica remains a very attractive, affordable place to live with a low crime rate in most areas and just happens to be a great place to live, retire and invest in real estate.





Written by Scott Oliver, author of 1: How To Buy Costa Rica Real Estate Without Losing Your Camisa, 2: Costa Rica Real Estate Scams & How To Avoid Them, 3. Costa Rica’s Guide To Making Money Offshore and 4. ¿Cómo Comprar Bienes Raices en Costa Rica, Sin Perder Su Camisa?

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