4WD SsangYong Korando Manual.
Hyundai Tucson IX35 - Manual Transmission - 4WD or similar.
Plan your trip routes ahead of time. Costa Rica has a wide network of roads and highways, but some are in poor condition or unpaved. Sometimes trucks hinder traffic flows on roads with dangerous curves, making it difficult to overtake other vehicles. You should schedule twice the time it takes you to travel on highways at home. If you plan to travel to remote areas, triple the time.
Instead of rushing from one region to another without having the opportunity to fully enjoy tourist attractions, we recommend staying at least two nights in each place. This way, you will have at least one full day to enjoy the attractions in the area.
In Costa Rica, night falls at approximately 6 p.m.; however, the sun rises at 5 a.m. Driving at night is difficult because the roads are poorly lit and you may face unexpected obstacles such as potholes, cattle or animals crossing, on-coming traffic, etc. Therefore, we recommend arriving early to your destination and avoid driving at night. If it rains, driving can be rather challenging. Tropical rain can be very heavy, even during the day, so it is better to stop and wait for the rain to pass; then you can continue your journey more safely.
Discovering the country in a rental vehicle is relatively safe, as long as you take into account current international safety regulations.
Be careful to avoid theft. Please check your travel documents for detailed information on security measures and rules of behavior.
We’d like to give you some of the most important tips for driving. Special care must be taken when traveling in and around San José. In general, you should only park your vehicle in official parking lots with the sign “Parqueo Público” (public parking). Also, look for guarded parking lots at national parks, hotels and restaurants, which are there for your safety.
Do not park your car on the side of the street, especially if you are carrying luggage that is visible through the windows of your vehicle. If you have no choice, cover your luggage with a blanket or large towel. Most tourist attractions will have secure parking, but it is still risky to leave valuables in your car. If you get a flat tire, secure your valuables, especially if someone offers to help you. It is better to be safe than sorry.
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