It seems like all the rules of society that we normally live by go out the window here in Costa Rica.
Probably the most frequently broken rule here is that most people don’t wear seatbelts. Unless you’re in a newer rental car and then the car will beep at you incessantly until you put it on.
Then there’s the drinking and driving. I’m not just talking about going to a bar, drinking a beer and then driving home. No, I’m using the phrase in its most literal sense. Drinking while driving.
So I’ve saved the best (well, really, the worst) broken rule for last…
Driving on motorcycles without helmets, on dirt roads that are literally crumbling more with each rain. San Juanillo is also a very hilly terrain so not only is the road dirt, and we’re careening around large rocks, ditches and craters, all the while going down – or up – a steep hillside. Imagine the moon’s surface and you’ll get a pretty good idea of the roads along the undeveloped Guanacaste coastline . And did I mention it’s almost always at night when I’m riding on the back of these bikes?
And again, without a helmet.
That’s just the way it’s done here. It’s not uncommon to see a family on a motorcycle with two parents, two kids and no helmets. Sometimes there’s even a dog!