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transportation from playas del coco to arenal

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transportation from playas del coco to arenal

what is the best transportation to arenal from playas del coco, cost-wise time-wise, and safety wise? we are staying in arenal 2/26-28. we will be staying in palayas del coco before and after arenal. really dont want to rent car for safety reasons. thank you

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1. Re: transportation from playas del coco to arenal

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The road is paved and safe so long as you take your time. It is a 2 to 3.5 hour drive of about 180 kms. The bus should be inexpensive and will be clean and safe if it is like most others in Costa Rica. There may be direct tourist vans that do the trip as well and save you the trouble of figuring out which bus to transfer to in Liberia. If you are going back to Arenal as part of a transit to San Jose, I'd suggest spending the extra time on the beach and catching a direct bus from Libera to San Jose (after making sure that it will drop you off at SJO).

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Another option that is quite popular is the Adventure Connection. This where you get picked up in Cocos de Playa and go to Arenal in a shared shuttle BUT on the way you do a really cool rafting trip on the Rio Tenorio. This a great way of saving time and money! You can read more on arenalvolcanotours.com/rio-tenorio-white-wat…

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Well, the rafting trip on the Rio Tenorio is definitely not "on the way" while the float trip on the Rio Corobici is. The Rio Tenorio rafting trip is about 1/2 an hour out of the way to get to beginning of the trip.

The rafting trip would mean a detour so keep that in mind. It doesn't save you any time or money, really, but the rafting trip is good.

There aren't a lot of shared van shuttles from Liberia to the Arenal area. You can check www.anywherecostarica.com or www.shuttlebus.co.cr or www.easyridecr.com or www.ecotranscostarica.com

The least expensive way to get there is by public bus. But... it involves 3 transfers: Liberia, Canas and Tilaran. If you have the time, it's a great way to get to know Costa Rica.

Check here: www.thebusschedule.com/cr/ You can look at Playas del Coco to La Fortuna or the various legs: Playas del Coco to Liberia..... Liberia to Canas..... Canas to Tilaran..... Tilaran to La Fortuna. It's not a big deal to transfer - the buses all go into the same bus station so just get off one and walk to the other. There are also snacks, drinks and rest rooms available in the bus stations.

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