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Drive from Arenal or Monteverde to Tamarindo?

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Drive from Arenal or Monteverde to Tamarindo?

To drive to Tamarindo which route is smoother, less windy, shorter?

1) Drive from Arenal?

or

2) Drive from Montedverde?

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1. Re: Drive from Arenal or Monteverde to Tamarindo?

You can check here for distances and travel times: www.yourtravelmap.com

Neither route is perfect. The road around Lake Arenal is winding and up and down but beautiful scenery. The road from Monteverde is rocky and slow-going for about 15 km or so.

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2. Re: Drive from Arenal or Monteverde to Tamarindo?

the drive from Monteverde is nice but slow, and Arenal has the lake and is paved, go for Arenal.

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3. Re: Drive from Arenal or Monteverde to Tamarindo?

Vedry much the same...Monteverde the first 12 kms going by Sardinal way...are dusty not big deal...Arenal is very nice the whole way with some potholes around the lake road...also not a big deal!

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4. Re: Drive from Arenal or Monteverde to Tamarindo?

How long each way ?

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5. Re: Drive from Arenal or Monteverde to Tamarindo?

How long each way ?

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6. Re: Drive from Arenal or Monteverde to Tamarindo?

Dear Lee

From Arenal to TAmarindo about 4 hours...

From MOnteverde to Tamarindo about 4 hours...

MInutes more minutes less!

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7. Re: Drive from Arenal or Monteverde to Tamarindo?

Take a look of this interactive I made when traveling from Tamarindo to Monteverde or vice versa:

tripline.net/trip/From_Tamarindo_Beach_to_Mo…

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8. Re: Drive from Arenal or Monteverde to Tamarindo?

We just made the drive from Arenal to Tamarindo and the roads were actuallly really great. They are winding and up and down. I think it took us about 4 hours. There were 2 spots with some construction, looked like a mudslide took out part of the road but maybe they were just working on other things? No complaints at all!

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