If you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica, driving may be a part of your adventure, and if this is the case, there are a few things you need to know before you rent a vehicle.
Driving in a new country can be intimidating, but having a car will provide you with the freedom to do as you please, and you will get to experience so much more. It will also prevent you from having to rely on buses or a shuttle service, so there are a ton of benefits to this option. Understanding the rules and knowing what to expect will ensure you have a safe driving experience, so make sure you keep the following information in mind.
You will need a valid driver’s license from your home country to drive a vehicle in Costa Rica. When driving, you should also have your passport or a copy of it with you in case you get pulled over. You do not need to have an international driver’s license, and most of the rules of the road are similar to what you’re used to. Double solid lines mean you cannot pass, while dotted lines mean passing is allowed. Speed limits are posted with signs and are marked in kilometres, and seatbelts are required. Car seats or boosters are required for children under the age of 12. It’s important to note that the enforcement of these rules will vary from one place to another, although you should always follow these requirements because they will help keep you safe while on the road.
In terms of road conditions, they will vary, and you will see both well paved two-lane highways and pothole-ridden dirt roads. This will depend on the area you’re in, and most of the roads around the capital are smooth, but once you leave the city of San Jose, this may no longer be the case. You will be able to access most areas with a car; however, certain areas will require four-wheel drive, so make sure you do your research in advance so that you don’t run into any problems. Knowing where you’ll be going, and the activities you want to do will help you rent the right type of vehicle, so spend time researching this aspect.
There are not a lot of signs throughout the country, and you will see that most roads are not marked at all. Exits along the highways are very poorly marked, and this can make it very challenging for tourists, so it is recommended that you use a GPS system or add a Wi-Fi stick to your rental so that you can get around. This will make your driving experience a lot easier and will prevent you from taking the wrong roads and getting lost.
AXR Jaco can help you with your rental needs and will provide you with more information so that you can drive safely and enjoy your trip. We offer motorcycle rentals and more, so if you want to be adventurous, contact us today!