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driving dilemmas

Davenport, Iowa
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driving dilemmas

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.

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1. Re: driving dilemmas

What is your husband worried about? Mud holes that will swallow your car? Guerrillas in the road with automatic weapons? Crumbling cliffs? None of these will you find on the road to Monteverde. Part of the road to Monteverde is gravel/rock so slow going. You can just slow down and enjoy the beautiful scenery and look for birds.

The choice is really yours. Either of the things you wrote about will work.

Here's what I would recommend: Rent car and turn it in at Arenal. Take jeep boat jeep to Monteverde. Take shared van shuttles to Quepos or Domincal and shared van shuttle from there to Uvita and Puerto Jimenez. www.shuttlebus.co.cr or www.anywherecostarica.com

You don't really need a 4x4 but it is often good to rent one because they generally have better ground clearance. Whether you rent an automatic or manual is up to you. It doesn't really matter.

Davenport, Iowa
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2. Re: driving dilemmas

Thank you, Hattie. We had a frightening driving experience a few years ago elsewhere. He is a little gun shy. I think we can make it because other people do it. How is the road between Monteverde and Dominical?

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3. Re: driving dilemmas

All roads leading into or out of Monteverde are rocky = slow for about 15 km. After that, no problem. Good roads all the way. Look here for distances, driving times and directions - www.yourtravelmap.com

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4. Re: driving dilemmas

From Monteverde the first 15 kilometers are dusty or muddy the rest down all the way to Pan Am Hwy...great condition...and from Pan Am Hwy to Barranca, Caldera, Orotina...Tarcoles...Jaco...Playa Hermosa...Monterey, Parrita, Paquita...road to Dominical one of our best roads about 1 hour to Dominical from Paquita...even less!

Just common sense...check your tires, tools etc...and have fun!

Just buckle up and enjoy the ride in PARADISE!

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