When in Costa Rica, if you want to go from one place to the other, there are several ways to do it. Costa Rica has a powerful transportation system, both public and private, and you will find it easy to get from A to B, in any way you will expect.
Let’s talk first of walking downtown; some of the major cities have a lot of boulevards and promenades between parks and across the cities. Probably you will find from almost any Hotel or Office, in any town, a place to walk nearby, many of them are safe, especially during day hours.
Walking may be dangerous, like any other place, if you don´t know where you are. In all major cities in Costa Rica, you will find lots of people trying to get on buses on time, and sometimes cities are crowded, especially during rush hour. You may discover homeless around; some places can be dirty, sidewalks are not perfect either, and you may find difficulties finding signs.
Then, you will consider the bus for transportation. San José and almost any major city in Costa Rica is like an enormous bus station, and coaches have their stops in all sidewalks. The problem is finding the right place to take the right bus, that can take you where you want to go, but I can assure you, you will almost see a bus that goes from near wherever you are, to close wherever you want to go, the challenge is to know where they park.
Must buses are clean, but they don´t have an air conditioner, definitely crowded, and you will not find a map or signs that tell you where to step down the bus. I bet you say to the driver and he will do anything to guide you, but language can be a barrier. Of course, the busses are cheap. Now, the perfect places to go, like volcanoes, or different points of touristic interest, or some beaches, is not that easy to go on a bus.
The next is a Taxi cab. It is easy to find taxis, the government regulates rates, they have to charge you whatever the meter says, and some taxi drivers may speak at least some basic English.
Like any other town on the word, there are good taxi drivers, and there are lousy taxi drivers, and you may use your sense to determinate if you want to ride with a particular driver. Sometimes the hotel clerk or the office front desk girl has a preferred taxi driver they use to call.
Another way to consider is driving, and driving in Costa Rica can be a Nightmare. In general, roads and streets are right but crowded. There is an overpopulation of cars in Costa Rica. In almost any central city in Costa Rica, practically anywhere you go at virtually any time, you will find traffic. This situation makes Costa Rican car drivers transform into animals, almost a jungle law, where the most prominent, boldest driver survives.
Signs are not that frequent, and sometimes you could get lost. Of course, there is help in Waze, but sometimes even a local, get lost by Waze on more than one occasion.
At last, most tourists depend on special tourist buses and guided tours to discover Costa Rica, and this is good, safe, and in general, you will learn many of the marvels Costa Rica has to offer. You have to adjust to the hours, pickup location, and destination, and to deal with all other tourists; there is on the same bus.
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