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Advice for driving SJO to Dominical

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Frisco, Colorado
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Advice for driving SJO to Dominical

We originally planned to use private transfer service for the trip from the airport to Dominical, but have decided to rent a car instead since we'll want one to explore once we're there. Couple of questions about the drive:

- Can we safely stop at Tarcoles River to see crocodiles and possibly at Carara National Park with luggage in the car?

- For that matter, can we safely stop anywhere with luggage in the car?

I've heard horror stories about rampant theft, but how does one get from point A to point B without losing their belongings, assuming we need to make stops for food or bathroom breaks?

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1. Re: Advice for driving SJO to Dominical

Safety is a touchy question. There are many visitors that have no problems whatsoever, and a handful of those with terrible experiences. Always take care of your belongings. Never leave valuables, money or passports in the car. There are sometimes policemen near the bridge; but to be really safe one of the adults should stay with the car. For other stops like for lunch, park your car so that you will have clean view of it, specially the rear / trunk part.

Frisco, Colorado
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2. Re: Advice for driving SJO to Dominical

Thanks Xelas. It's probably better to be overly cautious than not cautious enough. At first the possibility of theft really turned us off to the idea of renting a car, but we finally decided that if other visitors can do it, so could we!

San Jose, Costa Rica
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3. Re: Advice for driving SJO to Dominical

Great idea rent a car and hit the rod...it is great ride..just common sense

4. Re: Advice for driving SJO to Dominical

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