Driving in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a relatively small country and can be easily crossed from North to South in a day. Roads are mostly one lane, with the exceptions of some parts in the highways, so take your time and be safe. Driving 20km/h (13m/h) over the speed limit or under the influences of alcohol are fined with jail and for your own safety don’t drink and drive nor exceed the speed limits.

There is one main road to the Pacific coast called “Autopista del Sol” and one main road to the Caribbean called Highway #32 to Limon. Using the above maps or with the driving description below you should easily find your way.

Ticos (Costa Ricans) are usually really nice and always willing to help tourists. Most young Ticos do speak English but trying to show some effort speaking some basic words in Spanish is always appreciated.

Two basic Spanish phrases that will get you to the highways are:

  1. Disculpe señor (señora), adonde esta la “Autopista del sol”?

Excuse me sir (miss), where is the “Autopista del Sol”?

  1. Disculpe señor (señora), adonde esta la Autopista a Limon?

Excuse me sir (miss), where is the highway to Limon?



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