Updated:  June 23, 2015

Road Closures and Traffic Delays


Use your vacation time wisely and don’t get stuck in bumper to bumper 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 hot beach side, than car side?

Latest Road News

    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!
    Heavy rains have caused damage to a number of roads and bridges. Allow extra journey time for the Caribbean and north of the country. The sun is shining again but some repairs are still ongoing.
  • South Pan-American at km 32:  Traffic is regulated following road damage from Chicarronera Chiquiza to Perez Zeledon. Allow for extra journey time.
  • Route 4 (Cruce Rio Frio-Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui (not Limon):  Numerous points on the road where landslides have caused partial land closures.  Proceed with caution.
  • Route 32 (San Jose/Limon): 
    *CLOSED* Landslides have closed the road for the upcoming three days. (from June 23). Alternate route is via Cartago and Turrialba.

    Road marking between the Zurqui tunnel and Grapples will be carried out daily, weather permitting.  Traffic will be regulated so allow extra journey time.

  • Route 39 the San Jose ring road  Nocturnal roadworks mean that the Paso Ancho roundabout section will be closed between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am.
  • Route 606 (Monteverde/Guacimal and Santa Elena):  The route is closed between 6:30 am and 5:00 pm as this notoriously terrible stretch of road is finally receiving some attention. Alternate route is signposted.
  • Route 702 (La Fortuna):  Visitors to Arenal should be aware of this road closure. Alternate route: take Route 702 until the intersection at San Gerado de la Tigra and then take Route 748 until Jabillos. Join Route 141 and head to La Fortuna.
  • Route 708 (Sarachi/Rio Cuarto):  Closed as a preventative measure.
  • Route 739 (San Carlos/Santa Rita de Florencia):  Closed.  Alternate route via Bajo Los Rodriguez to Santa Clara.

Green Season update

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

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!

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

Sara Ford

Freelance Writer at The Proofreading Place
Sara experiences Costa Rican traffic -- daily, making it even more difficult to arrive with a smile on her face.

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Updated:  June 23, 2015