Getting Around Costa Rica – Transportation
Costa Rica Info – Whether you are living in Costa Rica or travelling to Costa Rica you need to know how to get around. No matter your budget, traveling around Costa Rica is easy! There are a number of ways to get around depending on how much time you have, how much money you can spend. It’s possible to tour the country in a few weeks.
If you’d like to see many places in only a week, you should have the money to fly. Short flights are available between most tourist locations. You can fly Sansa or Nature Air for under $100. In 45 minutes you will arrive almost anywhere! Make sure to book ahead as there are not many seats available on these small planes.
Want more of an adventure and not afraid to drive in crazy conditions? Make sure you are prepared for unmarked streets full of potholes. This will save you money compared to flights and offer you more privacy than buses. To avoid stress you could also hire a driver.
Never leave valuables in your car and never pay money directly to a cop who stops you. Before accepting the rental car report all scratches and damage. Read your contract carefully for how much you will be responsible for in the case of an accident. During rainy season, only get a four-wheel-drive (a good idea year-round, actually!).
You may want to book your rental through a travel agency before you arrive because the companies often can’t keep up with the demand. One last warning- keep the tank full; in rural areas gas stations are very infrequent. Check with your insurance policy to make sure it extends abroad and for the type of car you desire. You may use your foreign license for the first 3 months you are in Costa Rica. Seat belts are required for both front seats.
You probably don’t want to drive after reading all that! The next, and most economical, choice for travel is by bus. For about 50 cents you can get across a city, and for about $5 half way across the country! Keep in mind that the buses don’t usually have bathrooms though they do make stops on routes over 3 hours.
If you are going only a few blocks you may elect a taxi. It’s easy to hail one but hard to tell if they are taking you the right way. Be aware that they may drive in circles to charge more money. If they refuse to put on the meter, just get out of the taxi and try another one.
Lastly, avoid hitchhiking unless you are in a rural area with no other choice. A rule of thumb for traveling by thumb is that if a bus doesn’t go there not many cars or tourists will go their either. Stay safe!
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By Kerry La