...Driving In Costa Rica
Costa Rica, the verde jewel of Central America, is a developing country that recently began paving it’s many main roads on the province of Guanacaste. You will drive on on the right side of the road (as in America), but caution is warranted.
The best advice is to slow down in the birthplace of Pura Vida. Read the following suggestions and make yourself aware of your surroundings while in Costa Rica, to have the best driving experience possible -
STAY AWARE - Keep your eyes on the road as cows, chickens, dogs, pedestrians and motorcyclists are around you. At night, bicyclists ride without lights or reflective gear. Texting or using your Cell Phone while driving can be a very dangerous habit, so we recommend you pulling over. The unpaved roads are less than desirable at times, especially during the Rainy Season; potholes and crevices can appear overnight. Traffic Signs can be small, hard to spot, and covered in overgrowth - know your route in advance. We suggest you plan on your G.P.S., have a map, ask your Taxi driver, or review directions before any trip. GOOGLE Maps appear to be a reliable source for directions.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - Traveling by bus is a common mode of transportation and you can encounter them often on roads. Please drive slower, especially on the dirt roads and around corners. Pura Vida, enjoy the ride!
FUEL - Gas Stations are few and far between on the Guanacaste. It is always recommended to fill your tank when you see a Gas Station. Fuel is dispensed in liters, and an attendant will service you to fill your vehicle.
PRE-CHECKLIST - When departing from the Sanctuary, check your tires air pressure and engine fluids. If you need assistance with this, let the Sanctuary management know. There is no AAA, and help is often far away. We recommend you bring an Emergency Kit with you when you venture out. This should include Water, a Snack, Flashlight, Rain gear/Umbrella (during the rainy season), and a charged Cell Phone.
RENTAL CARS - The best vehicle is an SUV style with 4 wheel/front wheel drive. Check the Tires tread, and know that you have a spare tire. Consider the option of Insurance if you haven’t verified your coverage. Some American policies won’t cover you in a foreign country, so you’ll need to verify coverage with your insurance company before leaving on your trip.
LOCAL FRUIT STANDS - Some towns and intersections will have small, impromptu fruit stands where you can often find melons and seasonal fruits for a reasonable price. Make a stop to support the local economy and grab some delicious fruit. Mamon Chinos are a tasty tropical native fruit; deep red and distinctively “hairy”. Beneath the spiny exterior is a white juicy flesh, but do not eat the seed inside as it is not edible.
SODAS - You will pass through several small towns in your travels. A Reductor (or speed bump) are often not painted and may go unnoticed. Travel slower when approaching a town and notice the choice of SODAS (small convenience stores) dispersed throughout. Like many convenience stores, prices are higher but you can find cold beer, soda, ice cream, and snacks.
5 M Sur DE Marbella, GU, Santa Cruz, Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 2682-8225
5 M Sur DE Marbella, GU,