For those mono lingual amongst us who get to go to paradise in the rainy season, make sure you know what derrumbes en la carretera means. you'll see it a lot and you'll be surprized when you see your first one, especially on the road from SJO to the beach.
pretty sure most formula and grand prix racers retire into delivery truck drivers in Central America. I have seriously seen these guys drifting semi trucks on the dirt roads. Hold on tight.
In 01 we got run off the beach in mal pais by the police. ended up in Cabuya. we had to get provisions in Cobano. The wifey never hitch hiked before. her first ride was on a flat bed with no side rails. we were on the beach road so the driver was going slow. it was a great ride and the view was stupendous with critters running over head and a birds eye view of the rocks. UNTIL he got to the jungle road when he kicked it in the azz. the wifey is 5' nothing and a half. As the driver would rip around hair pin curves, the wife's feet would leave the bed. I had to hook a leg to keep her in place. she said she'd never hitch hike again. "we ain't walking back" it responded. good times
You gotta appreciate a country that thinks they can solve drainage probles by having hundreds of PVC pipe come out of a wall of cement 100ft high (new highway from SJO to Jaco). Of course if it was the US, we would just blow the frickin mountain up...that's why I love the Pura Vida country, don't disturb the surrounding earth! Besides, it improves your driving skills when having to avoid falling mountain sides and boulders the size of trucks as well as vacas, caballos, gatos, perros, hombres y mujeres en bicicletas. Can't wait to head back in June for some gallo y pinto and muchas cervezas Imperials!!! Hasta luego mi hermanos!!!