Driving in Costa Rica

Driving in Costa Rica is fairly straightforward but are a few things to know about driving there.

First, drivers drive very fast in Costa Rica and are not as courteous as they are in other places.

There are few guardrails and other protections for drivers in Costa Rica, so teens and other less experienced drivers should not test their driving skills here.

If you do get pulled over by the police, they will usually want a small bribe.

You can play dumb and get off with giving them a tip (or “propina”) of $5 or 10 US dollars.

Similar to the US, they use RADAR guns and other tricks to catch people speeding while driving in Costa Rica.

Calling Costa Rica – Country Code

Calling Costa Rica requires using the country code for Costa Rica.

Costa Rica changed their phone numbers to add an extra digit in March 2008.

The country code stays +506, but mobile phone numbers in Costa Rica now get an extra ‘8’ and landlines get a ‘2’ before them.

So 255-5555 would become 2255-5555

Calling Costa Rica from the US, you would dial 00-506-2255-5555.

Google Maps Costa Rica

Google Maps is now available for Costa Rica.

Street and road maps of cities and towns are available on Google Maps Costa Rica.

Major and minor cities in Costa Rica are covered, including San Jose and Jaco.