Bikes and Buses and Boats, Oh My!

I feel a lot more independent now that I can get around on my own.

Boats, on the other hand, are something that I’m still getting used to. The ride can either be very smooth or a complete nightmare. These boats can reach high speeds, and they rock back and forth a lot when the water isn’t calm. There are no ladders or steps to help with entering and exiting the boats, so I usually have to figure out how to climb my way through. Regardless, I’m grateful to be able to experience this new way of getting around. It’s not every day that I get to say that I traveled by boat.

Is this way of getting around connected to the culture and environment, How?:

The way a person gets around here depends on where they are living. In the larger urban areas of the country, there are a lot more buses and motorcycles. It is safer to catch a bus here than to ride a bike through the traffic. In parts like Tortuguero, each part of the area is separated by water. People use boats because the only other option would be to swim from place to place. In smaller, coastal areas, like Puerto Viejo, people walk and use bikes to get around. For this area, bikes are both a convenient way to get around a small town and a perfect compliment to the sunny, laid-back environment. 

San Joaquín de Flores, Costa Rica