Getting directions to your Hotel when renting a car
Driving Directions in Costa
Vacation travel and driving directions in Costa Rica can be confusing.
Many foreigners are accustomed
to road names and road signs, which are all but non-existent in Costa
you have reservations at a hotel, get specific directions from them
of time. Better yet, have the hotel send you the driving directions in
English and Spanish. On road maps, the major paved highways have been numbered,
locals do not actually call the highways by that.
First, realize that in Costa Rica, the Tico cultural tradition is to
of roads as a pathway to a DESTINATION. In one direction, the road
to Town A. In the other direction, the road leads to Town B. Therefore:
Costa Rica do not have names
When you are in a town or city, directions are explained with reference
a distance from a landmark. For instance, someone's house might be 2
kilometers south of
If you are looking for the place to buy a bus ticket, you may be told
200 meters on this road until you see the Post Office, turn left, then
another 50 meters and the bus ticket agent
is in a yellow building on the right side of the street.
When driving in Costa Rica, just remember that you are traveling from
town to town, and connect the dots across the map.
the Road Maps for Famous Places
of the Major Highways
Rica Road Conditions
to Read Road Signs
Driving Hazards and Warning Signals