Drugs in Costa Rica

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First things first: Drugs, or at least the ones you’re thinking of, are NOT legal in Costa Rica. The regulars such as pot, coke, E, shrooms, etc; are all illegal here. That said, the enforcement of these rules are generally laid back to say the least especially in the tourist hotspots. But as a disclaimer I must caution, you do drugs at your own risk in Costa Rica. to continue reading click here...

michael alan's Blog - Do'in Costa Rica- Friday, January 16, 2009

You may or may not be somewhat surprised to know I get quite a few emails asking me about the legalities of drug use in Costa Rica, while others just come right out and ask, “Where can I score some decent weed?” Usually, the emails ARE about pot (or mota as it’s called by the locals), but every once in awhile I’ll get asked about Coke and other ‘harder’ drugs. So, I've decided to put all the drug related answers in one place, (namely in the video below). BTW- I’m not a dealer or a go-between, so I don’t know where you can score anything, but I do know a few things about drugs in Costa Rica- you know, the stuff I read in the paper and see on the news.

On a side note, I’ve often wondered, do I look like a ‘pot smoker,’ sound like a ‘pot smoker’ or are the people that keep up with me, and/or read my blog and see my videos just comfortable asking. Whatever, I don’t mind. I’m here to provide Info for people interested in traveling to Costa Rica- whatever the hell that entails.

The first thing to know is, like most laws here, they tend to have the ‘bark is worse than the bite’ thing goin’ on. The drugs laws ARE on the books, but they don’t seem to be enforced, at least for the casual drug user. If you’re even half-way discreet, you can pretty much smoke ‘anywhere’. The second thing you need to know is- contrary to popular belief, Costa Rican pot is NOT quality stuff. You would think living in such a climate, someone would figure out a way to grow some quality weed. Well, it may be out there, but I can assure you, it's the exception to the rule. So when someone tells you it's the good stuff, more often than not, LIES.

Let’s make this a little more fun. Just watch the video, it’s accurate and will pretty much explain anything you want to know- And feel free to sing along if you know the words.

Just so we're clear- CRYSTAL CLEAR- if you decide to do drugs in Costa Rica- it IS at your own risk. I do NOT endorse anything, I just provide relevant information, for you the traveler.