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Taxis in Costa Rica

Taxis (usually painted red) are readily available throughout the country. Taking a four-wheel-drive taxi is always safer as roads are unpredictable; and hailing one on the street should be done only in San José and during daylight hours. It’s better to have your hotel staff arrange a taxi ride for you. Rates are metered and begin at around $1, with 50 cents added for each kilometer. Pay with small bills to avoid arguments with a driver who claims not to have change; if the driver says his meter is broken, agree on a fixed rate before you get in.

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