Wondering if the driving portions of the following 14 day itinerary sound reasonable, or overly ambitious:
Arrive in SJO @ 1:10 PM on a Saturday in February, get rental car from Alamo, and drive to La Fortuna for 3 nights. Conventional wisdom seems to indicate it would be 3:00 by the time we leave customs/rental counter. Yourtravelmap.com says this drive is 2.5 hrs, so we're worried that it will be dark or close to it by the time we get there. Only other option is to stay first night in airport vicinity first night and drop Arenal stay from 3 nights to 2. (Any flight delay would throw a wrench into this)
Tuesday we would drive from La Fortuna to Tamarindo for a 7 night stay. Yourtravelmap.com shows about 4.5 hrs driving. Not so worried here, as we can leave early from La Fortuna.
The following Tuesday, drive from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio. Believe this to be about 6.5 hrs drive. This would be our longest drive of the trip, but again we plan to leave Tamarindo early.
End of trip the following Saturday, we would drive Manuel Antonio to SJO airport for. 2:25PM departure. This looks to be a 3 hr drive, so leaving at 9:00AM or earlier would be required to get to airport by noon. Is this too much for day of departure? Again, only other option is to head for airport region the day before, but really don't like the prospect of having to spend two nights in airport area (one night on arrival and departure)
This will be our second trip to CR. I have driven there before, and have enjoyed the driving as a way to see the country. Biggest concerns are driving unfamiliar areas after dark, and getting back to airport without missing departing flight.
Any insight greatly appreciated.