Why my Costa Rican Apartment Functions as a Zombie Apocalypse Stronghold

Where would YOU go during a Zombie Apocalypse?

The mall? Underground? Alaska? Would you build a stronghold with no windows and doors only accessible by ladders?

In retrospect, this might have been a bad idea...

Did you ever think about going to Costa Rica when the dead rise? Because maybe you should. I have found an EXCELLENT hideout for Z-day…and I’m already renting it.

Costa Rica: The Unknown Zombie Fortress

Regardless of the kind of zombies, be they fast berserkers, shambling ghouls, undead or alive and virus-stricken, Costa Rica is a zombie fortress in the making.


Petty theft is a big problem here, and almost all houses (especially near the capital, San Jose) are built with security against thieves. Large gates, barbed wire, bars on windows, and double-locking doors are all security measures to protect your property. But they can also help protect your brains. After all, if the security measures are there to prevent intelligent human beings from breaking in, how will the undead fare against them?

My Apartment

My apartment has all the typical Tico protective elements. In addition, the whole exterior is made of stone. It would be pretty impossible for the zombies to force their way in. But let’s take a look at all of the barriers keeping me safe, starting from the entrance.

Security Barrier 1: the Front Gate

For personal safety reasons, I won’t be putting any pictures of the front of my apartment online. But I will describe the front gate for you, as it is my first line of defense against the undead.  The front gate is huge–bigger than your average garage door–and topped with barbed wire. The gate is automatic and if you have the remote, you can open it like a garage door and pull your car into the driveway. Within the gate is a double-locking door. You have to have the key to open it, and if you lock it twice, it would be VERY difficult to force open.  I’m sure if there were a huge group of zombies pushing at the gate, it would eventually break. Which leads us to my second line of defense…

Security Barrier 2: the Patio Gate

Barrier #2

After the front gate, you walk past my neighbor’s separate unit and make it to the second barrier, what I call my “Patio Gate”. The Patio Gate separates my outdoor laundry area from my neighbor’s. Made of sturdy metal and bolted into the stone walls on either side, this gate is also covered in bamboo mats for extra privacy. The gate’s handle bolts directly into the wall as well. This is a GREAT second line of defense. As long as the zombies didn’t make it past the first gate, I’d still be able to hang my laundry out here!

Security Barrier 3: the Front door and window

Remember, they're Spanish-speaking Zombies

Don’t ask me how that straggler zombie managed to get in. I have NO clue. No worries, though. I bashed his head in after I snapped this photo. This picture is the front of my apartment. The windows in the shot are the only windows the undead would have access to if they managed to break through my first two barriers. As you can see, the windows and the door are secured with metal bars. Even if the zombies somehow managed to break the glass behind the bars, they’d have a difficult time getting in.

The Back of the Apartment

The back of my apartment, while lacking in gated security, makes up for it with natural defenses. While I have a LOT more windows on this side, they are all securely barred on the inside.

Very secure

Now, my apartment has 2 levels. The topmost level is the entrance, the living room, the bedroom, and the bathroom. The downstairs level has the laundry area and the kitchen. The whole apartment backs up to a small river, with trees surrounding it, and beyond that is an empty lot. I have a balcony on both levels; this is both good and bad.

The top balcony would be a great place to scout out the area without fear of zombie attack. There’s no way anyone could climb up to it. The bottom balcony is nearer the ground, and it does pose a threat in the case of a zombie outbreak. HOWEVER, the zombies would have to first splash through the river, then scale a slipper 6ft. high retaining wall, AND THEN somehow climb over the balcony railing. And even if they managed to do all that, there are still bars on the windows and reinforced doors.

Projected Zombie Path
Reinforced Door

Survival Benefits

This apartment also provides a variety of survival benefits.

-River – any water taken from here would need to be boiled, but having a source of fresh water is very important.

-Trees for covering escape, potentially capturing birds to eat

-View of main road helps in scouting escape routes or signaling other survivors

-Just 2 blocks away is a grocery store, which could be raided for food

Balcony makes for a great vantage point for a shooting spree, if you have a gun

2 different escape route options: the river side or the street side

Final Word

So ultimately, I would be relatively safe if a zombie outbreak occurred in my area. At least as long as my food and supplies didn’t run low. Do any of you have your own personal zombie strongholds?

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