The roads vary depending on where you are going and the route you take. There are some good highways in the country, but mostly you will find yourself on mountainous roads, rugged terrain, muddy trails and confusing streets. So drive defensively, even on the good highways; you could be surprised with a pothole, a slow truck, or a wild animal crossing the road.
Be careful when driving and pay especially close attention on curves and bridges, erring on the side of caution when you’re unsure who has the right of way. A “ceda” sign means it’s your turn to yield.
If you don’t feel ready to take on the roads, we are happy to arrange a private transportation or shuttle for you. In fact, we do think it’s the best way to visit Costa Rica for the first time, as it will give you an idea of what to expect without the time consuming hassle of driving your rented vehicle around.
If you are intent on renting a car, we recommend hiring a GPS system to help you navigate more easily. Also of course there are plenty of apps to assist you on your way. One app that works really well in Costa Rica is Waze.