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Car hire ... sat nav?

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Car hire ... sat nav?

I have a 3 1/2 week break booked over Christmas and New Year and am looking at booking a hire car in the next few days and wondered if having a Sat Nav is necessary?

Ive got the first 2 weeks booked at Pueblo Real near Quepos but after think we will head to the Monteverde area and then over to the carribean coast.

Look forward to hearing from you.


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1. Re: Car hire ... sat nav?

Hi suzie

I'd recommend it 100%. Some locals, or v regular CR visitors, on here may suggest a map is fine but trust me, it makes a world of difference having a SatNavt/GPS as it takes the stress out of driving to destinations. That way you can just concentrate on the driving and the beautiful scenery.

Also, since you're renting a car, have you had chance to peruse all the information provided on this forum regarding car hire in Costa Rica?

CR car hire can be a potential minefield of issues and being prepared in advance will be a massive assistance.

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2. Re: Car hire ... sat nav?

Different approach here. I have been driving in Costa Rica without and with a GPS. IMHO using both is the best solution.

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3. Re: Car hire ... sat nav?

Yes....get the GPS.......our roads are generally good.....but we don't have a lot of signs.....and no addresses or street names.......it really helps.

Tulemar Dave

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I am a cheapskate at heart and normally do not rent a GPS. On our recent Costa Rica trip I did, on the spur of the moment, and was glad. I have driven all over the world, and found the roads in Costa Rica to be poorly marked. My wife is not that good with a map. If I was with somebody who could use a map well, I could have probably done ok without, but in hindsight am content that I did.

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5. Re: Car hire ... sat nav?

i've driven close to 10k miles in cr so far, and i still take my gps along. as mentioned above, signage isn't the best and in some areas it is non existant. save yourself some stress and go with the gps.

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Speaking of rental car, I've always driven in my vacation including off roads, road to hana, glacier mountain regions and other parts of westen US.

However, with many recommendations, I'm working with a private driver for our family trip. For 3 legs of our trip we'll be picked up and dropped off and we are renting a car at arenal for 3 days.

Even though cost is about same, having a driver definately reduce my workload. HOWEVER, back of my mind, I keep thinking about renting a car for whole trip drive and stop at will and free.

We got 4 people with 2 kids who love road trip. What would you do? Either way is fine but one thing that really bothers me is the fact that rental cars are targetted for crime. Not sure whether I can risk that with my wife and 14 yr old daughter....

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We LOVED having a rental car (WITH GPS! So handy in a country without many signs and with maps that show roads that don't exist!) and didn't feel that we were targeted for crime as long as we had our things out of the vehicle. At that point our vehicle (rented through Service Rent-A-Car in San Jose) really didn't have any identifying marks on it when we were out of it. I may be wrong but I believe the crime most speak of comes from cars/trucks full of luggage or valuables...not those that are empty of those things.

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8. Re: Car hire ... sat nav?

Good idea bring a GPS...they work great...


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