SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis –

5 Feb

chapter 26


I’ve taken the bus all the way from my place to San Jose just for the adventure of it and discovered it’s actually a good way to get to San Jose.  It costs less than $6 one way where as gas would be about $40.  Takes a little longer of course but on the other hand you’re not tired and stressed out from forever trying to get around a black smoke belching truck that can’t go more than ten miles an hour on the mountain roads.   Plus like I said before, it’s a gorgeous drive and from the bus you can actually enjoy the scenery.  And let the driver be stressed trying to get around the smoke belchers.

As of the date of this writing a bus ticket now costs about $10 and of course gas prices have risen too.

With the exception of the day I decided to go to San Jose and a big tree fell across the road between P. Junquillal and Santa Cruz, causing me to miss the connection I wanted for San Jose, that I needed to catch in Santa Cruz, because we had to wait while a bunch of guys chopped that big tree up with their machete’s.  It’s my preferred way to go.  It’s amazing what these ticos can do with a machete.  That has to be one of the most versatile tools in the world.  This tree had a trunk diameter of about 6 to 8 inches.  Those guys whacked the branches off and had the trunk cut up enough to be able to drag it off the road in less than a half hour.

But more on the bus system here.  I’ve been here about 7 months now and have been to San Jose several times on the bus.  I’ve found a place that, at least for now, I can leave my car in Santa Cruz and pick it back up when I’m back from S.J.  The bus from P. Junquillal is a rickety old thing with blown out shock absorbers and on that rough dirt road you must take to get to Santa Cruz it’s just nicer to take my car.  The bus I take from S.C. to S.J. however is much nicer.  Some of them even have a TV and since it’s a four and a half hour ride it’s nice to watch a movie.  (As the years have passed however, the busses to San Jose have deteriorated terribly and there are no more movies.)

It has been interesting though to learn the idiosyncrasy’s of taking the bus.   For example on more than one occasion I have arrived at the terminal too late to get a ticket for the bus I wanted.  Not a big problem because in another hour or two there will be another bus to the same destination.  The reason there are so many buses with such a varied schedule is because something like over 50% of the people in C.R. don’t have cars.  Thank goodness the bus company’s aren’t government controlled!  After my experiences with ICE (see Getting a Land Line Phone and Internet) I can only imagine the nightmare it would be.



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