1) We wish to rent a vehicle (mid-size SUV or the like) at SJO. Any recommendations as to companies to deal with or not to deal with.
2) We are very gastronomically oriented (OK, we like to eat). We will cook most breakfasts and dinners at the casa but would like to hear about places to eat lunch as far away as MA, as we will almost certainly travel there for one day anyway. Also we typically eat dinner out our first day and last day on vacation. Any input on restaurants for this purpose, from high end to economical, would be appreciated.
3) Another interest of our is coffee. Are there any coffee plantations within a couple of hours drive that are amenable to visitors?
4) We have been to Mexico several times and enjoy the bargaining back and forth at markets and stalls. Is this typical in Costa Rica or are you expected to pay the first price offered?
Thanks in advance for your help,