GPS and OrientiationFind the Way

How to find your way in Costa Rica?

Orientation in this small country is not quite difficult. The main road through Costa Rica is the Panamericana, which leads from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska (but is interrupted between Panama and Colombia). The Panamericana connects San Jose to the north of Liberia and then Nicaragua, south to Panamá.


Cities are usually applied in a grid pattern, so that orientation is simplified. On the main square (Plaza Central) and the center of town is the Avenida Central, crossed with the Calle Central.

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The Avenidas are running from east to west, the even numbers of the Avenidas are located south of Av. Central, the odd-numbered north. With the Calles it is the same game: the even west, the odd east. Once accustomed to this system, orientation is easy in a San José.

We highly recommend using a GPS. If you book a rental car and a round tour with us, you get a free GPS provided, in which we have already entered the main places of your route. This device knows all the roads in the country, is completely up to date and even speaks different languages.

Interactive map

The Tourism Authority of Costa Rica has recently published a pretty good interactive map. There is a little advertising, but the map is very helpful for the first planning. There is yet another detailed map of the city San José. It’s very helpful to get an overview of the city. The maps are of Canatur.

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