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So confused about driving times :)

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So confused about driving times :)

We're traveling to Costa Rica in July....getting to San Jose airport at approx noon...and then we're thinking about driving to Arenal Volcano that day...is that crazy? Then we were planning to stay 2 days & then we drive to Dominical from there in 1 day. Is that doable? Would we be smarter to stay somewhere closer than Arenal those first 2 days so the drive to Dominical would be doable?

Really appreciate this help! :)

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1. Re: So confused about driving times :)

No you're fine. You've got plenty of time to drive from SJO to Arenal in daylight. It's roughly a 3 hour drive and very scenic. The drive to Dominical is long but if you just start ridiculously early in the day you can stop in Manuel Antonio for lunch and be on the beach in Dominical an hour after you leave MA. For driving times and general directions check out www.yourtravelmap.com and just click on the map.

Edited: 07 June 2012, 23:03
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2. Re: So confused about driving times :)

CRfan, thank you so much...your answer is so clear and helpful.

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3. Re: So confused about driving times :)

Yes it is a 3 hour to Arenal by the San Ramon route and about a 5 and a half hour drive from Arenal to Dominical making a few stops on the way. You should be fine renting a car.

Edited: 07 June 2012, 23:46
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4. Re: So confused about driving times :)

I agree. You should definitely be fine unless your flight gets in late for some reason. It gets dark around 5:30 and is a 3 hour trip like everyone else mentioned. If you get car sick at all, I'd recommend taking something before you hit the road, lots of twists and turns. I never get car sick, but I do there.

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5. Re: So confused about driving times :)

Just as others have said the trip is very realistic, Dominical is about 45 min from Quepos (Manuel Antonio) so driving from Arenal to Dominical is about 5 hours with stops.

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6. Re: So confused about driving times :)

No problem the first leg to Arenal about 3 hours...nice road all the way...

As Thomas mentioned from Arenal to Dominical about 5 hours...and Thomas most know he lives and drive around there all the time...thank you Thomas for great advice!

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7. Re: So confused about driving times :)

To save some time driving from La Fortuna to Dominical avoid entering Manuel Antoni. Instead make a short stop at Tarcoles Bridge to stretch the legs and then stop for a lunch at a roadside restaurant, roadadvisor might give you some ideas.

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8. Re: So confused about driving times :)

It is already a long drive from Arenal to Dominical. Since Dominical is 45 minute drive from Manuel Antonio you can visit Manuel Antonio another day of your stay.

Edited: 08 June 2012, 19:52
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9. Re: So confused about driving times :)

so many thanks to you all....you guys are smart! :)

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