I will be taking the family to Costa Rica next summer and plan to do some flat water canoeing or kayaking in coastal estuaries. These areas are the habitat of large numbers of American Crocodiles. I know very little about these reptiles, never having seen a crocodile and giving the Alligators a wide berth when in Southern waters.
Costa Rica leads the New World in Croc attacks and I have read that they have been known to take a canoeist or kayaker before. (Reportedly they always go for the person in the back of the canoe.)
With that being said, should I…
- Forget it and have a good time,
- Don’t go canoeing/kayaking in Costa Rica; or…
- Go, but always make sure I put my least favorite kid in the back of the canoe?
Any advice from you more worldly paddlers would be appreciated.