My friend and I will be traveling to Costa Rica in late November - early December, and we plan to visit San Jose (just for a night), La Fortuna and Jaco. My question is this: what's the easiest and most cost-efficient way to travel around the country?
Public transportation is appealing b/c of the low cost, but I've heard that taking public buses can add hours to your journey due to road conditions and stops/transfers. Private shuttles, such as Interbus, seem quite expensive! I've priced out traveling to/from those three locations, and it looks like it'll push us back ~ $140.
What about renting a car? I like the freedom associated with having a car... I imagine it will make day trips easier if we have one at our disposal. However, I've heard driving conditions in Costa Rica are a bit iffy (that said, we won't be driving at night). I have experience off-roading on steep mountain roads, so I imagine if I can handle that, I can handle anything! Your thoughts? And would we need 4WD?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much!