Without question, the roads in Santa Teresa Costa Rica have earned the distinction of being the worst roads on the planet Earth.
I realize that the rainy season has just come to an end but the roads in Santa Teresa could not possibally be worse. It is absolutely impossible.
Bridges washed out, holes in the middle of the road that can swallow vehicles, mud from hell, dogs out number people, dirt bikes passing you from either side of your vehicle, people walking in the middle of the road that won't move out of the way.
We stayed at Villas Hermosas and traveled back and forth to Santa Teresa to visit the restaurants on a daily basis. One night there was a dog that was run over by a vehicle that was dying in the middle of the road.
One day there was a jerk carrying his surfboard that refused to get out of the way that scraped his surfboard along our vehicle. That ended in a verbal outrage that perhaps showed both our ignorance. Literally this guy wouldn't get out of the middle of the road.
The minute the sun comes out the roads turn to dust. You have to wipe down a table to eat in at restaurant. You sit in a restaurant and smell the fumes of delivery vehicles as you try to enjoy a meal.
I can not imagine the damage that this road does to vehicles and tires. People say that if they put in decent roads that "the area will be overrun by tourists" and that the locals "do not want roads."
I can only tell you that as a two time visitor of Santa Teresa that has spent a lot of money on vacations to this area that I will not go back until they build some bridges, install sidewalks and put in some decent roads.