The major highways lead to
the various vacation destination regions. To get to the beaches and
parks, you will need to drive on some rural dirt roads.
Detailed Road Maps of the
Provinces and Counties
Major Highways and Roads
of Costa Rica
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map below is provided as a reference of the major highways of Costa
Choose one of the Provinces from the menu to find more detailed road
of the counties of each Province.
labeled as Highway 1 on maps, the primary route through Costa Rica is
known as the Carretera InterAmericana, the Inter-American Highway, or
the Pan-American Highway.
Running roughly north-south, this highway is the major supply route
the Central American countries. It crosses through many of Costa Rica's
cities, such as San Jose, Cartago, Liberia and San Isidro de El
The InterAmerican highway also connects the larger cities to the more
Guanacaste region, some of the most popular beaches and vacation
in the country.
On road maps, the major paved highways have been numbered, but the
locals do not actually call the highways by that. The Tico
cultural tradition is to think
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.
Some of the other major routes are the Guapiles Highway, which carries
the majority of traffic heading to the Caribbean Coast through a city
Guapiles. The Costanera (or Coastal Highway) carries traffic along the
and Southern Pacific Coast. This southern highway has provided better
access to the country's southern Pacific beach areas.
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