FILL UP YOUR SENSES (Roads of Costa Rica)

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From Sabanilla to Grecia

Ahh, the many kinds and sizes of roads in Costa Rica! From easy, curvy well-paved roads, to frighteningly-sharp hairpin curves, and rough, up-and-down gravel roads. It’s all here.

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Turrialba to Siquirres

Riding in Costa Rica is not just about the awesome, majestic views.  It’s also about being hugged by gorgeous roads, jarred till it hurts on rugged, rocky roads, and sailing on winding, wonderful roads. It’s all part of the riding adventure in this country of many diverse terrains and climates.

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Montecillos, Heredia

Many roads in the more humid mountains are shrouded by trees that form natural cathedrals. Don’t we all love natural tunnels?

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Sarapiqui

The trees along some roads feel like companions, like friends.

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On the way to Rio Conejo

And, on a lighter note, many roads smell absolutely delicious! 🙂 I can’t count the times I have been on a road that was infused with the scent of flowers, from the lemony scent of coffee flowers, to the rich, perfume scent of “Zota Caballo.” Half the time I don’t even know what it is I am smelling. It’s intoxicating. Natural aromatherapy.

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Rt 126 Isla Bonita

For me, like for most bikers, the most fun are the ones that are smooth with easy curves.

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Rt 137 Turrubares
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Puntarenas
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Rt 708 from Sarchi to Bajos del Toro

But the unpaved, country roads have a special kind of ageless beauty that makes them special as well.

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Road to La Ceiba

And, yes, of course there are unpleasant smells, especially in the countryside — of cow, pig, and chicken farms. But one rides by these quickly. Also, because many of the roads are narrow, one can get caught behind a bus, truck, or car whose exhaust fumes billow in dark, choking clouds! Ugh! Sickening.

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Zancudo

After the rainy season, you need to be on the lookout for washouts.

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Route 2

The coastal roads are lovely, on both coasts.

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Puerto Viejo, Limon

Of course, there are a few other things besides exhaust fumes that can make riding unpleasant: bee and other bug stings, barking dogs, fog, strong winds and rain, and, well, inconsiderate drivers. The worst part is the totally insane traffic jams. Costa Rican roads were not made for all the cars that are being imported each month. Fortunately, because I am on a bike, I can usually escape these.

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Up in the mountains of Heredia

The dry parts of the country can be oppressively hot and dusty, but still beautiful in their own quiet way.

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Route 301 to Cangrejal
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La Ceiba
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Near Punta Coyote, Nicoya
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Road from  Vara Blanca to San Miguel

Hairpin curves are common because the country is mostly mountainous.

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Route 126

Some roads are notorious for fog: Mountain of Death, Zarcero, Vara Blanca, and the road to Pacayas. It’s best to enjoy these during the dry season, or just go with the flow if you get caught in the wet fog.

In the dry season, you may see many different kinds of flowering trees that will add some extra happiness to your ride!

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Alajuela
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Love those beach roads!
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Manzanillo – one road to beach

You will surely run into horses, or herds of cattle. Or monkeys.

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Montecillos, Heredia

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And lots of cute houses! Click here for another post on this. 

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And did I mention wild flowers yet? 🙂WildFlowersTierraBlanca

Oh yeah. There are lots of interesting bridges! But that may be another post, for sure!

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Turrucares

And, most often than not, there will be a gorgeous view of some volcano or other gorgeous mountains!

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Calle Nueva
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Down to Cervantez from Pacayas area, Cartago
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Cinchona
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Love the smooth, long roads of San Carlos!
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Road between Tacares and Sta Gertudes on the way to Grecia

For me, THE BEST PART, is when I find myself on top of the world! So many roads have big views. It is astounding.

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Rt 708 on the way to Bajos del Toro
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Calle Barroeta

Yes, the roads of Costa Rica fill up my senses and my mind, body, heart, and soul. I am immensely grateful to have my Honda XL, and to live in this peaceful, beautiful country.

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Feel the beauty.

Know the Love.

I’m sure you’ve seen enough, but if you want to see more photos, keep scrolling! 🙂

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Rt 415

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PuriscalroadbetweenSanMateoandAtenas

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Yes. I have many more photos, but I think that is enough! Let’s take a break. 🙂

Song: Annie’s Song by John Denver

Riding in Costa Rica: feel the beauty, know the love, live the power.

 

 

 

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