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Easy Drive

Which is the best way to Santa Elena from Liberia in February 12

Costa Rica
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1. Re: Easy Drive

There are a couple of ways but probably the best way would be this:

When you exit the airport and reach the main highway, turn left. About 14 km from the airport, you will arrive at a traffic light. This is Rt 1, the PanAmerican Highway. Turn right - south.

Go through Bagaces and Canas and south of Canas, you will see a sign for "Guacimal." Turn left here and follow this road to Santa Elena. Another option is to turn at Abangares (before the turn to Guacimal) and go that way.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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2. Re: Easy Drive

Agrre with Hattie,,,the Pan Am all the way to Rio Lagartos...all the way up to Santa Helena...or if you pass that one...just keep driving you will see a huge gas station...make a left there follow signs to Sardinal...and the to Santa Elena...

Just the last 12 kilometers are dusty...not big deal at all!

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Dunstable, United...
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3. Re: Easy Drive

Thanks for the info, roll on Feb

Miami, Florida
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4. Re: Easy Drive

Hi. How long is either of the drives? Time wise. Thanks.

Costa Rica
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5. Re: Easy Drive

It's about 3.5 hours, more or less, whichever you choose.

Bedfordshire
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6. Re: Easy Drive

Do you need a 4 X 4 in Feb

Costa Rica
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7. Re: Easy Drive

Part of the last section of the road is a bit rough but you don't really need 4x4. Mostly, a 4x4 is useful because they are generally more sturdy than a sedan and have higher clearance. But not really necessary.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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8. Re: Easy Drive

It is better to have a 4 x 4 or a tall car at least. The roads in Monteverde are gravel roads in bad shape.

Bedfordshire
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9. Re: Easy Drive

Thanks Mike A

Dunstable, United...
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10. Re: Easy Drive

Still not sure on route to Santa Elena, is it HW 1 turn left at Rancho Grande onto HW606 as shown on Costa Rica Travel Map.

Is this the best route from Liberia ??

Or is HW 145 better Las Juntas ????

Over to you for advise.

Edited: 6:20 am, January 19, 2012