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.
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.
Many roads in the more humid mountains are shrouded by trees that form natural cathedrals. Don’t we all love natural tunnels?
The trees along some roads feel like companions, like friends.
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.
For me, like for most bikers, the most fun are the ones that are smooth with easy curves.
But the unpaved, country roads have a special kind of ageless beauty that makes them special as well.
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.
After the rainy season, you need to be on the lookout for washouts.
The coastal roads are lovely, on both coasts.
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.
The dry parts of the country can be oppressively hot and dusty, but still beautiful in their own quiet way.
Hairpin curves are common because the country is mostly mountainous.
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!
You will surely run into horses, or herds of cattle. Or monkeys.
And lots of cute houses! Click here for another post on this.
And did I mention wild flowers yet? 🙂
Oh yeah. There are lots of interesting bridges! But that may be another post, for sure!
And, most often than not, there will be a gorgeous view of some volcano or other gorgeous mountains!
For me, THE BEST PART, is when I find myself on top of the world! So many roads have big views. It is astounding.
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.
Feel the beauty.
Know the Love.
I’m sure you’ve seen enough, but if you want to see more photos, keep scrolling! 🙂
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.