Even in a 4WD rental car, the route to your Hotel may be a vacation
Road Conditions in Costa Rica
you vacation in Costa Rica, you will most likely rent a car when you
in San Jose. The highway system in the capital city of San Jose is
of modern multi-lane freeways that look very much like freeways in
large cities around the world.
On the way to your hotel, you will find the rules of the road are
similar, but you may find driving
etiquette to be somewhat different. For instance, merging and changing
are often accompanied by a quick honk on the horn. This is not
rude - it is like a friendly wave, saying "Yoo-Hoo, I'm Here!"
Most vacation travel destinations in Costa Rica require you to drive
out into the rural countryside. By
far, the majority of roads in Costa Rica are rural dirt roads. Don't
a gravel road ! Dirt roads are dirt, which becomes mud in the rainy
While you are vacationing through Costa Rica, the best way to make sure
road conditions along the route you intend to travel is to stop often
ask the locals for information on whether the road has problems or is
passable with 4WD.
dry tourist season season, road conditions are generally pretty good,
with creeks and rivers
dry or low. But during rainy season, flash floods have been known
out entire roads and bridges. If you travel during wet season, stop
to inquire about road conditions ahead, and be sure to rent a 4WD car.
our Road Maps for Famous Places
of the Major Highways
to Read Road Signs
Driving Hazards and Warning Signals