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Rental car vs. taxi

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Rental car vs. taxi

We're staying at Leaves and Lizards in early April for 4 nights with our 7 yo. We know the conventional wisdom says renting a car is cheaper and allows more freedom, but we're city folk and drive like it:)

My question is, since most of our tours will originate from L&L is the car rental/driving hassle factor worth it? I've also heard driving at night isn't advisable. We do know L&L is on the remote side.

However, if just getting a taxi is the issue, then surely we would rent.


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1. Re: Rental car vs. taxi

Honestly I would rent a car for the freedom. The whole don't drive at night thing is more about driving a long distance in an unfamiliar country with poorly marked roads. For tooling around La Fortuna or anywhere else for that matter, driving at night is fine.

You may want to go and visit some of the restaurants in he area and taxi fare can and will add up quick. IMO rent a car once in Arenal and have a blast.



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2. Re: Rental car vs. taxi

In your case...rent a car!


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3. Re: Rental car vs. taxi

getting a cab is very easy! your hotel will be able to call one for you and to get anywhere around arenal would usually be no more than $10. But if u plan on doing a lot of tours...renting a car may be worth it, although lots of tours provide their own shuttle with no extra fees. About your driving...if aggresiveness is what you mean u may fit in well haha. It really depends what you want to do...especially if u want to venture out of arenal for a few days, renting a car gets you places more easily and quickly!

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4. Re: Rental car vs. taxi

If you guys are taking tours from there and the food is delicious, I would skip out on the rental. You'll just need to get to them!

Sometimes being remote is fun:)

Hope this helps,

Marina K. Villatoro

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5. Re: Rental car vs. taxi

You location remote cab fares will eat you up

Usually rent out of SJ www.servicecarrental.com

4WD from $149/wk..pays for itself over the week always

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