My girlfriend and I rented a car and drove from the sleepy capital of San Jose (it was New Year's Eve) to Turrialba. The road was long and twisty and worth it. We found the Guayabo Lodge and were greeted by the owner. He showed us to our room that faced the volcano and the green lush land below. It was such a perfect way to start our CR adventure. The staff was always helpful in getting us our day's activities and accommodated us for dinner in the evenings. We really enjoyed the breakfasts with the triangle cuts of Turrialba cheese. If you drive down, be prepared as the road to the lodge is very bumpy and pot-hole ridden. However, if you go to the Nicoya Peninsula and Arenal, you'll find this is par for the course.