The Roads of Costa Rica

Well-Designed Travel

As I've been writing this series, I've talked lots about being 'on the road'. Usually, the road is a means to an end, a way to get somewhere. But sometimes, the road can be an amazing attraction in and of itself. Anyone who has been to Costa Rica knows there are a wide variety of of roads there. Here are a few that caught my eye.

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This was the incredible view on our drive to Rincón de la Vieja, an active volcano in the Guanacaste region. The ride was quite bumpy, but every turn boasted a spectacular view of the then-erupting volcano.

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This bridge across the Rio Celeste provided an amazing look at the bright blue waters below. The river is a luxurious deep turquoise due to a chemical reaction of the naturally occurring sulfur and calcium carbonate found there.

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My guess is that this road hasn't seen much vehicular traffic recently, as we came across this road during a horseback tour of a mountainside. We saw spectacular waterfalls, beautiful vistas and a few neighborly cows.

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This last road was actually our very first encounter with a road in Costa Rica. However, this avenue was not for cars, but for planes. This was the local runway in the middle of a farm where we began our trip, and also our first time happening upon friendly Costa Rican cattle.

(Images: Smith Schwartz)