Dial 911 for an ambulance, the fire department, or the police. Costa Ricans are usually quick to respond to emergencies. In a hotel or restaurant, the staff will usually offer immediate assistance, and in a public area passersby can be counted on to stop and help.
For emergencies ranging from health problems to lost passports, contact your embassy.
United States Embassy. C. 120 and Avda. 0, Pavas, San José, San José, 10109. 2519–2000; costarica.usembassy.gov. Weekdays 8–4:30.