The following recommendations and suggestions for driving in Costa Rica are intended only to help you maintain a safe stay and enjoy your trip in Costa Rica, as you explore the country and discover the diverse landscape along its route.
Avoid driving at night. It is recommended to plan in advance the path to follow and travel schedule in order to make the trip between locations during daylight hours. If your international flight arrives late, we recommend staying the first night in a hotel near the airport and take the car from the next morning.
Find out the road conditions and know the route. This allows you to calculate the approximate arrival time, given the characteristics of roads and topography, travel time may be greater than thought if the reference is made with respect to the distance in kilometers. Please check road conditions with your travel agent or hotel and keep on hand a road map. If you need help we suggest stop at a restaurant or a gas station.
Keep your doors locked at all times, even when driving. If you’re driving In city, do it with the windows closed or nearly closed.
Stop the car in a safe parking lot or in the parking lot of the hotel, do not leave your car unattended. Always keep the car locked, even if you leave it in a private parking.
Never leave objects in view, use the trunk or luggage.
Drive with caution and alert, do not stop at the signs of a stranger.
Get familiar with traffic laws.
Check the condition of the spare tire and all the necessary equipment
If the car suffers a mechanical failure, a flat tire or a similar situation, if possible, find a nearby service station or call the emergency number that the car rental company provides. If a stranger offers to help, watch your belongings at all times.
Costa Rica is a mountainous country, many routes are narrow and most of the road has only two lanes, one in each direction. Get familiar with traffic laws, safety recommendations on renting cars, regulations and considerations when driving in Costa Rica, and enjoy your trip!