Updated:  August 22nd, 2016

Road Closures and Traffic Delays in Costa Rica



Use your vacation time wisely and don’t get stuck in traffic.

Watch our updates on this page and we’ll keep you in the know and on the move!  Besides, wouldn’t you rather be beachside watching the waves, than viewing someone’s bumper?  😉

Latest Road News

MOPT Pipe Road Work
"Typical Road Work in Costa Rica" photo © MOPT
  • Monday, August 15th is a national holiday so traffic will be heavy as city-dwellers return to the Central Valley after a long weekend.  Ruta 27 (Autopista del Sol will be operating lane reversal on Monday with all traffic moving from the Central Pacific Coast towards San Jose from 1:00pm until 8:00pm between Orotina and Ciudad Colon to accommodate the extra volume of cars.  Those wishing to head in the opposite direction should take the old road via Atenas.
  • Roadworks continue to slow traffic along the Pan-American Highway approaching Liberia and in the city itself.  Do allow extra journey time, especially if you are airport-bound!
  • South Pan-American at km 32:  Traffic is regulated following road damage from Chicarronera Chiquiza to Perez Zeledon.  Allow for extra journey time.
  • Route 3 (UrucaHeredia/Limon):  Regulated traffic near the Pozuelo factory due to damage to drainage pipes.
  • Route 32 (San Jose/Limon):  Landslides have closed the road several times recently. Check its status before beginning your journey.
  • Route 126 (Heredia/Sarapiqui):  Nocturnal roadworks mean that the Heredia-Carrizal section will be closed between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am until June 30th.
  • Route 708 (Sarachi/Rio Cuarto):  Closed as a preventative measure.
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Green Season Update

MOPT Rainy Road Conditions
"Rain Impedes Visibility" photo © MOPT

Rainfall is usually restricted to afternoon showers through green season.  For the best travel conditions, plan to start long drives early so that the final destination is reached before the rains begin.

Should you get caught driving in heavy rainfall, pull over and wait for the visibility to improve before continuing your journey.

Rain time is great siesta time, so kick back in your hammock and enjoy!  Return To Contents

GPS Info
Our GPS systems are regularly updated, but will not always show roadworks or even closures.  Be prepared for a little flexibility if the weather or traffic accident changes your route suddenly.

Alternatively, our new WazePhone can deliver road status updates in real-time when connected to the internet.  Simply ask us how you too can reserve an affordable navigational tool for your upcoming trip.

Should you need assistance, remember that a Vamos representative is only a phone call away to guide you to your next destination.  Return To Contents

Sara Ford

Sara experiences Costa Rican traffic -- daily, making it even more difficult to arrive with a smile on her face.

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