The way I understand it is there are two accepted options for getting to Quepos from SJO.
1) Pan American Hwy to route 3, then route 135 (or 136) at La Garita south to 27 and take 27 all the way to route 34. Newer, faster toll route way.
2) Pan American Hwy to route 3 and then route 3 through the mountains all the way to San Mateo, then south to Orotina and then join 27 to 34.
My understanding is that option 1 will be an hour or more faster, but option 2 is more scenic.
Question... is it worth it for the scenery? We'll have a comfortable 4x4 to drive. Is the scenic drive that much better, and is it likely to make my better half regret agreeing to go to Costa Rica and then hit me later because we've driven over scary bridges and could have taken a new toll route?
Also - is my understanding of the routes correct?