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driving from Montezuma to Playa Tamarindo

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driving from Montezuma to Playa Tamarindo

Hi,

On July 24 We wanted to take the jet boat from Jaco to Montezuma and drive up the coast to Tarmarindo with stops along the way for the next 8-9 days looking for good surf for expert body boarding.

Is the drive possible at this time or could it be very difficult even in a compact 4x4. How long would this drive take if you did it with no stops?

thanks in advance for any advice.

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1. Re: driving from Montezuma to Playa Tamarindo

Not possible to take any kind of coastal route from Montezuma to Tamarindo.

You can drive from Montezuma to Playa Naranjo and then get on Rt 21 to Nicoya and go to Samara from there. Then head north to Nosara and on until you reach Tamarindo. Two towns "famous" for surfing ( in addition to the Nosara area) are Playa Negra and Playa Avellenas. Part of that route is pretty slow going due to road conditions. The "safest" way to go would be from Montezuma to Paquera for the ferry for Puntarenas and then north from there to Nicoya.

Please be really really careful and ask about local conditions. Two people recently drowned in the Pacific because they were surprised by rip tides.

Edited: 14 July 2013, 00:15
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2. Re: driving from Montezuma to Playa Tamarindo

While you are in Montezuma, drive over to Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. The surf is good there, you won't be disappointed. It takes no more than an hour to drive there from Montezuma.

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3. Re: driving from Montezuma to Playa Tamarindo

Thanks for the advice. We were told the area from Montezuma up to Samara was quite pretty. And we wanted to check out Santa Teresa. How does one get to all the beaches in between the two towns if you can't drive it?

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4. Re: driving from Montezuma to Playa Tamarindo

You can get to some of the beaches in dry season when the rivers are low. The roads are still really bad, however.

Yes, you can get to Santa Teresa no problem. But you can't just drive up the coastal road to Tamarindo during rainy season.

travelfever21: I sense that you just can't bring yourself to believe this! It just seems too crazy! Well, it's true. Between Samara and Tamarindo, you can find several beach towns that will satisfy your craving for surfing and beaching. Please just give up the idea of driving all the way from Montezuma to Tamarindo via the coast road. Imagine a tropical rainstorm in the mountains..... lots and lots of rain....... almost every day. That rain then goes into the rivers which then flow to the Pacific. They are then too deep for a car to drive through; not some little benign river that is a few inches deep but several feet deep and with a fast current.

If you look at a map, you will see these between Samara and Tamarindo: Playas Buena Vista, Garza, Guiones, Nosara, Ostional, San Juanillo, Azul, Manzanillo, Lagarto, Junquillal, Negra, Avellenas (surfing movies have been made in these last two places).

And........ if you take the ferry from Jaco to Montezuma, where will you get a car to drive yourself from Montezuma north?

Edited: 14 July 2013, 13:19
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5. Re: driving from Montezuma to Playa Tamarindo

My exploration, end of June 2013, from Santa Teresa on road 160 (so called coastal road although much of the way we drove was inland) ended at Rio Bongo. Would need a submarine to cross that river after a rainy day. It is not like driving along the Mediterranian coast, or Adriatic coast, with constant glimpse of small beaches, and every one has a road to. Open Google Maps, insert Montezuma, Puntarenas, and follow it to get an impression. Hills started to rise almost right off the beach part, and most of the road is inland. In rainy season, if the road has no number you do not wish to drive it. If the road crosses the river, be assured that there is no ferry or bridge over it.

Saying all that, you might be lucky with weather and road conditions, and your drive will ended as an exceptionally great adventure. Your call, after all. Just one bit of information, road 160 related. On June 25th there was a general strike of local communities, and their request was for upgrading of road 160.

Edited: 14 July 2013, 15:59
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