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Necessary to Rent a Car in Playa Conchal Area?

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Necessary to Rent a Car in Playa Conchal Area?

We are flying into Liberia in the middle of August and staying at the timeshare "Reserva Conchal" in Playa Conchal for a week. There are 3 adults.

Should we rent a car? If so, is a 4x4 necessary to tour around, go to Tamarindo a few times and see some nearby sights for the week? Not into too much outside of the resort sightseeing so taking cabs and day trips is definitely an option, too.

Never been to the area so thanks for any advice.

Grecia, Costa Rica
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1. Re: Necessary to Rent a Car in Playa Conchal Area?

Rather than rent a car, which does give you a certain freedom, perhaps a call to the resort and speak to their tour handler. That person can put together a day trip or 2 for you using local resources. If you decide to go rental, then a 4x4 is not needed. Most all roads in the area are easily navigated by the smallest of sedans. Have a great trip.

San Jose, Costa Rica
posts: 41,486
2. Re: Necessary to Rent a Car in Playa Conchal Area?

If you are staying in a private condo...is better to have a car...since you are not going at the hotel and the property is huge...nice Toyota Yaris perfect to drive around and good price...ALAMO...TOYOTA...AVIS...ADOBE...HERTZ...

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guanacaste
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3. Re: Necessary to Rent a Car in Playa Conchal Area?

If you plan to visit around the area, yes rent a car. At concierge office in Reserva, there is a rent a car office.

Yes, Tamarindo is an option for a day trip, also a nice place is Playa Danta, which is north of Conchal, past Potrero and Sugar Beach, the road is new, there is a nice restaurant there, Lola's at a place called Catalinas.

Also plan on a day trip to Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, an active volcano that is easy to explore.

No 4x4 necessary, although the higher ground clearance makes you feel a bit more comfortable, but a lot more expensive.

Scottsdale, Arizona
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reviews: 3
4. Re: Necessary to Rent a Car in Playa Conchal Area?

Thank you. Is it possible to rent a car at the Liberia airport and is the ride to Playa Conchal easy to navigage?

San Jose, Costa Rica
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5. Re: Necessary to Rent a Car in Playa Conchal Area?

Yes all big rent a cars with offices near the airport----very easy to drive to Conchal...about 45 minutes ride!

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Tamarindo, Costa...
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6. Re: Necessary to Rent a Car in Playa Conchal Area?

Is more comfortable if you rent a car, you will have the liberty to go wherever and whenever you want.

Terrace, Canada
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7. Re: Necessary to Rent a Car in Playa Conchal Area?

If arriving at 8 or 9 pm would you suggest renting a car and driving to Playa Conchal or staying a night in Liberia and travelling the next day?

San Jose, Costa Rica
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8. Re: Necessary to Rent a Car in Playa Conchal Area?

Maybe nice to take a taxi to Conchal and get the car next day...driving to Conchal is about 45 to 1 hour...depends how adventorus you are...in a nice clear night not much rain...is really easy...just common sense...observe speed limits and distances!

Just buckel up and enjoy the ride in PARADISE!

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Barrie, Canada
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9. Re: Necessary to Rent a Car in Playa Conchal Area?

If you decide to drive at night be very careful. We came close to hitting a cow in the middle of the road and five minutes later the same thing happened with a horse. No kidding!

Connecticut, USA
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10. Re: Necessary to Rent a Car in Playa Conchal Area?

I would rent a car for the convenience it offers you at Reserva Conchal. You could enjoy your vacation without a car, but you would then need to depend on Reserva Conchal's shuttle service. Also, while the breakfast and lunch were quite solid, I would want to to out for dinner after more than a day or two at the condos.

We only stayed there a couple of nights, but we still used the car to visit Tamarindo and to go on a zip lining tour. I believe that the zip line operator would have picked us up, but having the car allowed us to travel on to our next activity without having to return to the resort.

I agree with those who caution against driving at night. Most (all?) roads do not have street lights. Cars, pedestrians and animals share these roads after dark. The easy 45 min-one hour daytime drive could easily double in duration after dark.

Here is a link to my review of Reserva Conchal. tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g309242-d115…

Edited: 11:27 pm, July 05, 2012