"Bad roads!!" Driving Hazards Tip by daffodil

Driving Hazards, Costa Rica: 32 reviews and 30 photos

  Not the road we were on, but not far off!!!
by daffodil

Dispite the great education system and environmental standards in Costa Rica the roads are sadly neglected. People speculate that this is how the government gives money to their friends, but for whatever reason, your butt will suffer. If you plan on renting a car, be sure to check out the policy on damage or breakdowns, so you don't get stuck on some bumpy road somewhere with a flat.

And not only are the roads in a bad state of repair, the many agricultural trucks filled to overflowing that travel on them drop parts of their load onto the road and it doesn't seem that these get cleaned up. We saw lots of sugar cane on the roads.

The worst road is that going to up Monteverde. The cloud forest at an elevation of 1200m. This is no exageration. It is 1.2 cars wide, blind corners, no barriers and mud with jagged rocks sticking out!! It is about 40 km long (the way we went anyway) and took more than 1.5 hrs!!!

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 26, 2004
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