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Getting around

By Plane:
  Flying is one of the best ways to get around Costa Rica. Because the country is quite small, flights are short and not too expensive.
  The domestic airlines of Costa Rica are Sansa(, which offers a free shuttle bus from its downtown office to airport, an Travelair(
  Sansa operates from San José's Juan Santamaría International Airport, while Travelair operates from Tobías Bolaños Airport in Pava, 4 miles(6.4km) from San José.

By Bus:
  This is by far the most economical way to get around Costa Rica. Buses are inexpensive and relatively well maintained, and they go nearly everywhere. There are three types:
Local buses are the cheapest and slowest; they stop frequently and are generally a bit dilapidated.
Express buses run between San José and most beach towns and major cities; they sometimes operate only on weekends and holidays.
Luxury buses and minibuses drive to destinations frequented by foreign travelers.

By Car:
  Renting a car in Costa Rica is no idle proposition. The roads are riddled with potholes, most rural intersections are unmarked and for some reason, sitting behind the wheel of a car seems to turn paceful Ticos into homicidal maniacs. But unless you want to see the country from the window of a bus or pay exorbitant amounts for private transfers(expensive), renting a car is still your best option for independent exploring. Four-wheel-drives are particularly useful in the rainy season(May to November) and for navigating the bumpy, poorly paved roads year-round.

  Be forewarned, however: Although rental cars no longer bear special license plates, they are still readily identifiable to thieves and frequiently targeted. Transit police also seem to target tourist. Never pay money directly to a police officer who stops you for any traffic violation.

  Before driving off whith a rental car, be sure that you inspect the exterior and point out to the rental-company representative avery tiny scratch, dent, tear or any other damage. It is a common practice with many Costa Rican car-rental companies to claim that you owe payment for minor dings and dents the company finds when you return the car. Also, inf you get into an accident, be sure that the rental company doest't try to bill you for a higher amount than the deductible on your rental contract.

  These caveats aren't meant to scare you off from driving in Costa Rica. Thousands of tourist rent cars here every year and the large majority of them ecounter no problems. Just keep your wits about you.

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