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Driving Advice for Costa Rica Tourists

Costa Rica News – Many tourists come to Costa Rica and want the freedom of travelling by car throughout Costa Rica.  They want to be able to pick where and when they want to go per their own schedules.  However, do not expect driving in Costa Rica to be anything like your home country.  

If you choose to rent a vehicle you should always have your license, a copy of your passport (picture and visa pages), and car rental contract with you. Try to plan your trip in advance and check maps or get directions during the day.

Some road rules you should familiarize yourself with, to avoid both dangers and fines:driving in costa rica

  • The minimum speed on a highway is 40 k.p.h. and the limit is 60 k.p.h. unless noted otherwise.
  • Urban areas typically have a reduced limit of 40 k.p.h.
  • Near schools or hospitals the limit is 25 k.p.h.
  • Unless you are in a remote area with no roads connecting towns, you may not drive on the beach.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is prohibited and police can test you.
  • All passengers are required to wear a seat belt.
  • Pull over if an official traffic cop stops you. You may have violated a speed limit, failed to have a license plate, or they may just stop you for a checkpoint of documents or to warn you of an accident ahead.
  • Cops are not permitted to keep any of your documents.
  • If you are involved in an accident call 911 and leave the car as is. Do not move it to the side.
  • Don’t give money to cops.
  • If something sounds wrong ask the police officer to escort you to the nearest police station to work out the issue. You can also call 2257-7798 ext.2506 to report the issue.
  • Drive confidently and when you are fully awake and alert. Do not pick up hitchhikers.
  • Park in safe lots, not on the street. Don’t leave valuables in the car or drive through dark areas. Keep doors locked. In the city always keep windows shut.
  • If you are given a ticket it can be paid at a state owned bank and the receipt must be given in when you return your car.
  • If you need a cab for some reason look for a red one with yellow triangles on the sides. The driver should have photo ID and a price meter. For trips longer than 12 kilometers, negotiate a price beforehand instead of using the meter.

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One Comment;

  1. Tilaran said:

    Caca de toro. You call those numbers the idiots will either be out to lunch or not speak English.Just give the thieving piece of homosapien excrement 20K colones, tell him to ” pay the fine for you”, and roll on.
    Funny how govt’s all around the planet hire thieves, give them identical uniforms, full health care but are fighting for your FreeDumb and ” protecting and serving”.
    Please God. Come back and scorch this craphole of a planet with an un-imaginal flame. NOW ! Por favor !
    murkin rednecks often wear a ( size xxxl) tee shirt that says ” kill’em all and let God sort them out”.
    Let God do the killing. He’s the best. How about 10000 tsunamis, a New Madrid quake and a Yellowstone eruption. That oughta do it !

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