Accessible Travel

Independent travel in Costa Rica is difficult for anyone with mobility constraints. Although Costa Rica has an equal-opportunity law, the law applies only to new or newly remodeled businesses and is loosely enforced. Therefore, very few hotels and restaurants have features specifically suited to wheelchair use. Many don’t have ramps, and room or bathroom doors are rarely wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.

Streets and sidewalks are potholed and poorly paved, making wheelchair use frustrating at best. Public buses don’t have provisions to carry wheelchairs, and most national parks and outdoor tourist attractions don’t have trails suited to wheelchair use. Notable exceptions include Parque Nacional Volcán Poás – closed at the time of research due to volcanic activity – and the Rainforest Adventures aerial tram.

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