Driving

9 Weird ways to transport your belongings in Costa Rica

9 Ways to transport your belongings in Costa RicaPlanning on moving to another home in Costa Rica? Are you remodeling your home and need to purchase large building materials like cement, gypsum, steel beams and others? Need to take your cow to your sister house? Organizing a wedding and you need to take chairs and tables from one place to another?

Just like many other things in Costa Rica, everything is allowed, unless you are caught at it. Laws and rules exist to be broken. With the way people in Costa Rica transport their belongings, law enforcement in many other places would freak out.

Traffic in Costa Rica has its own peculiarities as I have shown in other articles before, so you can learn and stop worrying about any obstacles you might encounter when driving in Costa Rica:

2 Ways to not get hit by the train in Costa Rica

2 Ways to not get hit by a train in Costa RicaThe train was such a wonderful way of transport for a country like Costa Rica. Costa Rica does not have any heavy industries at all, but for a few agro-industries, so everything is important, which makes the two ports in Costa Rica very important.

Driving in Costa Rica is easy to learn without getting scared and by reading my blogs about what can happen at the traffic light, no passing zones, the road obstacles, the different sidewalks, what to do when you have an accident and how we drive over the dead, you will be aware of the dangers.

Coffee and bananas were the main export products and almost everything that is shipped in and out of Costa Rica went through to the ports of Limon (Atlantic) and the port of Caldera (Pacific). Before containers became fashionable, everything was transported by train, a situation that has now changed tremendously.

Before that happened, there was still space in the streets on San Jose, Cartago, Alajuela and Heredia. Now you can get hit by a train, if you are not aware there is one.

Road Obstacles when driving in Costa Rica

Road obstacles when driving in Costa RicaDriving in Costa Rica can be overwhelming when you first arrive. I compare it to driving in Paris, Rome or Madrid, any Latin American city in Europe. It’s mainly the lack of discipline that turns roads into a madhouse, especial at peak hours.

We all want to get to our destination as soon as possible, even if we have to break all the rules simultaneously if we have to. We don’t pay any attention to road signs and road markings; this is the wild, wild west for anyone not used to drive in Costa Rica. 

Costaricans are very nice and easy going people, but once they hold a steering wheel in their hands, they’ll go nuts. Since they are always running late, which we call Tico Time, they try to recover lost time on the road. Doing so, they will do anything that is not allowed, no matter how crazy it sounds.

Now, don’t run scared now, if you follow my articles, you will be aware of many of the obstacles you will find, the weird actions that some drivers take and the mistakes made by road planners. In no time, you will be either a careful driver or as crazy as the locals are when driving a car.

Checkin’ Out Costa Rica | Part 1

Checkin’ Out Costa Rica |  Part 1

As stated in my last blog “Movin’ On”, we were committed to a Costa Rican exploration holiday and getting to know Costa Rica before moving there and so we prepared to head south. We wanted to give ourselves enough time to explore, get acquainted with the country and still leave time to enjoy ourselves.

Since we had a business to run back home, we felt just a bit over two weeks was about the maximum time we could afford to spend away from home.

We basically divided our trip in half. The fact that weather and medical services were priority criteria for us, we decided to spend half of our vacation exploring our interest in some of the communities of the Central Valley with the most-temperate weather and the closest proximity to excellent medical facilities. The other half of our trip was spent in Arenal, Poas Volcano National Park and along the Central Pacific Coast. I suggest if your priorities differ, allocate your visit accordingly.