Given its dramatic geology, with soaring, rugged mountains and steep precipices, Costa Rica can be a frightening - and thrilling - place to drive through. For those who prefer to stay safe, there are alternative routes, but many drivers won't want to miss the likes of the Cerro de la Muerte ('mountain of death'), where the road snakes through fog which every now and again breaks to reveal stunning views the likes of which you'll encounter nowhere else in the world. There are three rules to staying safe: go early in the morning, don't try to overtake anyone, and don't go if it's raining heavily.
If you have a sturdy vehicle, you may want to attempt the Monkey Trail between Flamingo and Playas Del Coco, where you'll be bumping down rock faces, fording streams and cutting through untamed jungle, and where you'll encounter exotic animals and brilliantly coloured birds. Alternatively, you can drive right up the country's highest mountain, Chirripó, to find a stunning waterfall and lush botanical gardens.
Costa Rica's roads are very variable, for this reason you should make sure your vehicle is sufficiently rugged to cope with the areas you plan to drive through. Seatbelts are mandatory, the top speed limit is 75mph and wherever you go it's a good idea to keep your tank topped up.