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Mountains or coast?

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Mountains or coast?

Hi again- last question (I think :) before we come down.

What is the more scenic drive? Coast or mountains? Any reason we should pick one or the other?

We are using a driver to get to the rental car place there because my husband is paranoid. He only wants to drive around Dominical & Uvita.

Thanks so much!

Barrie, Canada
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1. Re: Mountains or coast?

They are both very scenic in completely different ways. One has mountains, waterfalls and cloud forests. The other has coastal views, palm plantations and beaches. Maybe you can go one way and return the other?

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2. Re: Mountains or coast?

I agree with CanaTico but keep in mind that coastal route is definitely faster and does not require you to deal with San Jose traffic. Even if you take the outer ring road around San Jose when coming from the south on the mountain route, there is a much greater chance of getting ensnared in rush hour traffic.

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3. Re: Mountains or coast?

I agree with crfan, the coastal route is much more reliable in terms of traffic and road construction delays but if you have the time (or time it right) the views are great on the mountain route too.

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4. Re: Mountains or coast?

Thank you all. I think we will do the coastal route there with a mountain return since we will have more time on our return to putz around. Good suggestion- wish I had thought of it :)

5. Re: Mountains or coast?

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