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Driving to San Jose from Playa Conchal

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Driving to San Jose from Playa Conchal

What kind of drive time/conditions can I expect to drive from Playa Conchal to SJO?

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1. Re: Driving to San Jose from Playa Conchal

You should budget about 6 hours, hopefully it will take a bit less. There are several routes to take, so look at a good map before you set out. Try www.yourtravelmap.com/costarica/travelmap/ for route planning, directions...

Generally the roads are in good shape, and you will have lots of interesting things to see along the way. Enjoy.

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2. Re: Driving to San Jose from Playa Conchal

Great road all the way...yes between 4 hours and 30 minutes to 6 hours...just depends on traffic and how amny times you get lost...get a good map or a GPS...then maybe 5 hours...

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3. Re: Driving to San Jose from Playa Conchal

If I were to split that drive up into 2 days, where would you reccomend to stop overnight that might be interesting and enjoyable?

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4. Re: Driving to San Jose from Playa Conchal

The drive itself takes 4 hours plus whatever time you spend at stops. Driving at night is not recommended, especially if it is raining. Low visibility in some sections

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5. Re: Driving to San Jose from Playa Conchal

If you split into two days, I would take the 'long way around' through Liberia and stop overnight in Arenal. Then head to SJO the next day. Unless you have been there earlier in your trip. You would be about 2.5 hours away. If you go that route, stop by Las Pumas, the big cat rescue center near between Bagaces and Cañas.

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6. Re: Driving to San Jose from Playa Conchal

The big cat rescue center just north of Canas is a great stop. If you are heading south on Rt 1, the PanAmerican Highway, it will be not far from the turnoff for Rt 6 to Upala. After the turnoff for Route 6, go over a big metal bridge and it will be on your left, about 100 meters. The sign says, "Centro de Rescate" with a puma on it.

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7. Re: Driving to San Jose from Playa Conchal

Leave very early in the morning to avoid some of the worst traffic. It takes us about 4 1/2 hours and it is an interesting drive.

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