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Drive from JW Marriott Santa Cruz to Arenal???

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Drive from JW Marriott Santa Cruz to Arenal???

Can anyone tell me how many hours drive it would be from the JW Marriott in Santa Cruz to the Arenal area? Possible for a day trip??

Playa Guiones...
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for Nosara
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11. Re: Drive from JW Marriott Santa Cruz to Arenal???

Lots of good directions here. I will answer the second part of the questions....no it's not really good for a day trip, as you would be in the car all day. If that is what you like, okay. But you would have NO time to actually do anything in Arenal.

Costa Rica
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12. Re: Drive from JW Marriott Santa Cruz to Arenal???

Oh, good point, allyam! We completely forgot that in our "fastest way" discussion.

Definitely, Arenal is not a good candidate for a day trip. It will take you 3-4 hours to get there so rushing around and driving for a long time will not make for a pleasant time.

I agree with you, rohrmoser, about how great it is to fly over Costa Rica. However, by the time you drive to Tamarindo, turn in your rental car if you have one, fly to San Jose, wait for the flight to Arenal, arrange transportation from the airport to your hotel -- it might be the same amount of time, depending on the flight schedule. With NatureAir, there is about 3 hours between flights. Then you have to contend with the baggage allowance. And, while flying over Costa Rica is a great thing, the scenery while driving is pretty darn good. Plus if driving, you get to stop at interesting places along the way.

Playa Guiones...
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13. Re: Drive from JW Marriott Santa Cruz to Arenal???

Any way you look at it, it does not look like it would be a good 'day trip'. Even if flying Nature Air, you'd only have a couple hours before you'd have to catch the flight back.

Playa Guiones...
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for Nosara
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14. Re: Drive from JW Marriott Santa Cruz to Arenal???

Any way you look at it, it doesn not make for a great day trip. Even if you fly in, you would only have a couple hours before having to catch the flight home.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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15. Re: Drive from JW Marriott Santa Cruz to Arenal???

A better day trip would be going to Rincon de la Vieja volcano.... it is very nice.

Fabio

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16. Re: Drive from JW Marriott Santa Cruz to Arenal???

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