Information about road quality in Cuba, Costa Rica and Mexico
Not every country is equipped with a good road system and quality like you might know it from your home country. But this makes the adventure of a self-drive tour in Cuba, Mexico or Costa Rica special. You should get used to some road holes but also to incredible nature along your way and animals on the streets. Keep also in mind that the signposting might not be great and plan a little bit more time for your trip. For these reasons we gathered all important information about the infrastructure system and road quality in Cuba, Mexico and Costa Rica.
The main roads in Cuba are mostly in a good shape. You should always have a road map with you because the signposting is not fully developed in some areas. Some more isolated and less travelled roads have a really bad quality, a anticipatory manner of driving is therefore very important. Grade crossings are not secured with gates. The speed limit is 50 km/h in cities, 90 km/h on country roads and 100 km/h on the highway. We disadvise from driving by night.
Our tip: Download an app at home, which gives you useful information about excursions, banks, restaurants and shops. Those apps also contain maps, where you can already mark your accommodationa.
Maps.me, for example is a navigation app, that works offline. The maps need to be downloaded beforehand. If you are installing the app, you will be advised to download a general world map. Zoom into the country, you wish to have the detailed maps until a green spot appears on your display. You can now download the map and use it offline.
If you want to be flexible and discover a country at you own pace, you should go for self-drive tour in Costa Rica. The rental car system is highly developed. There are rental car stations in all bigger towns with a lot of different categories.
The main road are in a good condition. The more isolated roads are worse. Not all streets are asphaltic and have a lot of street holes. On these roads you should always drive slowly and plan more time. A rental car with four-wheel drive is not required (in some regions it's still recommandable).
The signposting is not always perfect in Costa Rica. The Ticos are always very helpful and mostly speak English. You can also rent a navigation system at the rental car station.