Some cyclists claim that the steep, narrow, winding and potholed roads and aggressive Costa Rican drivers add up to a generally poor cycling experience. This may be true of the main roads, but there are numerous less-trafficked roads that offer plenty of adventure - from winding and scenic mountain path with sweeping views to rugged terrains that take riders through streams and by volcanoes. Outfitters in Costa Rica, Europe and USA organize multi-day mountain-biking trips around Costa Rica that cover stretches of highland and beach. Gear is provided on trips organized by local companies, but US outfitters require that you bring your own.
Most international airlines will fly your bike as a piece of checked luggage if you box it. (Pad it well, because the box is liable to be roughly handled). Other airlines might charge you an extra handling fee. As airline bicycle-carrying policies vary; shop around. You can rent mountain bike in almost any tourist town, but the condition of the equipment varies. It is advisable to bring your own helmet and water bottle.
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