Just got back from Costa Rica and used the route to Drake Bay via Sierpe. The day we embarked to DB we also left Jaco. We left Jaco at 09:00 and arrived to DB at 14:30, 5.5 hours. We stopped a few times along the way, in Sierpe and along the beautiful way from Sierpe to Rincon to take pictures and admire the scenery. I found that the road between Sierpe and Rincon was not too bad. You need high clearance and power, that’s all. Technical driving experience is not needed. We drove an Automatic "Bego", two persons + luggage and it was more than O.k.
On the way back we used the same way with much less stops along the way. From DB to Sierpe it took us just 1:30 hours. From DB to Alajuella it took us all together 6 hours.
A word of caution: When we arrived to Sierpe, the first time, we stopped at the Las Vegas restaurant. They automatically tried to convince us to park the car at Las Vegas parking and use the boat taxi. Both the restaurant owner and the one of the boat taxi operators, together with the help of the "audience", said that the road is blocked due to dirt/mud fall or something like that……Lucky for me, I have asked my hotel owner in DB a day before if the road was in good condition so I knew it is not likely to be true. Anyway, I picked up my cell phone to call the hotel owner to ask him what was going on and the moment they realized that, they told me that they "just called to ask about the road" and that they were told that "during the night it was cleared….." . Well, that was for us the time in Costa Rica that we encountered such a scheme….Shame that for parking or taxi boat fee they would do such a thing. As I said, it was the only time it happened to us during our 22 days trip…..Costa Rica is beautiful and so are the people!
Edited: 11:09 am, April 03, 2013