We have changed our minds a million times it seems, about driving versus other modes of transportation. My husband is now apprehensive about the road between Arenal and Monteverde which we had planned to take. He will be the one at the wheel. We already have our hotel booked for three days in Arenal at the start of our trip. We need to get from Arenal to Monteverde and then to Dominical/Uvita area for one night and finally down to Puerto Jimensz. Should we:
a. Just drive it.
b. Drive to Arenal. Drop car off. Take jeep/boat combo to Monteverde. Hire a private driver to take us from Monteverde to either Quepos or Dominical, then rent another car to get us to our hotel fin the Uvita area for one night and on down to Puerto Jimenez.
c. Same as b but use some shuttle between Monterverde and Domincal area. This would mean renting cars 2 separate times.
We would probably fly back to SJO after our stay at Bosque del Cabo.
Are there other combinations I am missing?
Also concerning the rental car should we get automatic if we drive the rugged roads/ Obviously we need a 4 x 4.