Taxis are a good way to get around. Red cars with yellow triangles on the side are official taxis. The meter is affectionately called “la María.” Ask them to turn it on when you get in.
If your Spanish lacks or you become confused by the wacky, poorly designed, windy, semi-signed road system have the hotel clerk write down the directions the “Tico” way as mentioned in tip 19 and show them to the driver.
A taxi is easy to find. Churches, hospital, parks, and malls are good bets. On the side of the road, you can flag a taxi down by putting your arm out and doing a little up and down movement with your wrist (similar to the gesture in tip 48). Not all taxi drivers expect a tip; however, if so inclined, tipping between 300 and 500 colones is plenty for an average ride.