I personally never drink tap-water. I even give my dog bottled water whenever I can. But officially the water is usually safe in San José and the mayor towns, though it's a good idea to boil, filter or purify it in out-of-the-way places. The lowlands are more likely the places to find unsafe drinking-water. When in doubt, ask: Some better hotels may be able to show you a certificate of water purity. Bottled mineral water, soft drinks, and beer are readily available alternatives.
Some places had problems with contaminated ice. Try to avoid ice, if you are unsure of its safety. Uncooked foods (such as salads and fruits) are best avoided unless they can be washed or peeled.
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