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Costanera Sur: Another Report

Fellow Traveler Jarrod Routh has sent us the following report from his recent jaunt near Costa Ballena:

Immediately north of Dominical, right at the intersection with the road to San Isidro (where there’s a checkpoint: what the hell are those cops looking for anyway? they just waved us past, presumably because we were gringos driving a rental car.); just north of that intersection the road to Quepos is unpaved for about 4 kilometers, then paved for 1 kilometer, unpaved again for about 3 km, and then paved all the rest of the way to Quepos. Friday morning there were road workers all along it doing stuff, including putting the center line in. the whole drive just really isn’t bad – there are quite a few signs in both directions, and we got stuck behind a slow moving truck or two on the way back up to San Jose, but it still only took 4 and a half hours.

The police stop that Mr. Routh mentioned has been there for years. Presumably, they are looking for contraband coming up from the Panamanian border and Golfito. Travelers may have to present their passports (or copies with a copy of the entry stamp) and driver’s license. As long as you’re not trying any funny business, you should be on your way in a few seconds.

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2 Comments

  1. Anka
    Monday December 14th, 2009 at 12:31 PM — Reply

    When we were driving past that point last weekend, the cops were standing on the other side of the road talking to some dudes who were selling fruits. I don

  2. Monday December 14th, 2009 at 02:20 PM — Reply

    A lot of cocaine come up along that route, and the cops are finding trunkloads of the stuff every so often. Even so, the checkpoint isn’t very intense. Maybe they’re just there in case someone calls them further down the road.

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