I'm planning a trip to Costa Rica for late June of this year. We'd like to fly into San Jose, rent a car, and drive to Arenal for the first leg of our trip.
After we visit Arenal for a few days, we are planning on driving to Montezuma and staying there for 5 days before heading back to San Jose for our flight home.
I've read that the driving (and the car rental process) can be a hassle in Costa Rica and I'm wondering if anyone who is familiar with the terrain and these destinations could offer me some advice.
Does this sound like a reasonable trip, driving-wise? Are the roads along these routes safe to travel? Or would we be better off taking shuttles from place to place?
Thank you so much for your help!