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Flying into Liberia, staying at Occidental Grand, & rental

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Flying into Liberia, staying at Occidental Grand, & rental

Staying at Occidental Grand end of June for one week. Interested in a car rental to do some exploring. Plan on maybe visiting Monteverde for the Ziplines, Arsenal, Rincon de la veija, do some shopping, visit some mud baths, etc.

What type of car rental do you recommend? Will we need a 4 X 4?

Also have seen a lot of rental companies charging extras... Any recommendations on who to avoid and who to reserve with?

Any other sites that we should see in the area?

Where is the best shopping for Costa Rica treasures? Interested in wood made items. Where would be a good reasonable priced place?

Lastly, can we bring shells, sand, back to the US from Costa Rica?

Thanks bunches!!!! And can't wait to be and explore the Costa Rican paradise!

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1. Re: Flying into Liberia, staying at Occidental Grand, & rental

I believe the maximum allowance is one bag of sand per person (standard US military size).

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2. Re: Flying into Liberia, staying at Occidental Grand, & rental

It is illegal to remove any shells from Costa Rica. Please don't do this! Keep in mind that if every one of the 1.5 million or so people who visit the beach in Costa Rica take home shells, imagine the impact that would make!

As for sand -- take a little sample; nothing bigger than a baby-food jar or part of a small plastic bag. Please leave everything else.

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3. Re: Flying into Liberia, staying at Occidental Grand, & rental

I only want one or two shells. But wouldn't take a large amount. I have a shell and Rock collection of my travels.

Any recommendations on a car rental? Are the roads to monteverde bad enough for a 4x4?

Also, where is a good location to buy handcrafted items such as wooden bowls, etc?

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4. Re: Flying into Liberia, staying at Occidental Grand, & rental

A day trip to either Monteverde or Arenal really isn't feasible as it will be at least four hours from where you are staying.

For volcano activities, Rincon de la Vieja will be your best bet which is less than 2 hours from the resort.

This is a good way to spend the day near the National Park: http://www.guachipelin.com/one-day-pass.html They can also arrange a guide to take you into the Park for a hike.

For car rental - you probably don't need a 4x4 - but most people opt for a small SUV for the ground clearance. Recommended agencies include Vamos, Solid, Service, National, Alamo, Adobe, Toyota. There ha been a tremendous amount written in this forum about car rentals so I'm not doing to write it again. You can read through the first few pages of posts and you will find several of them.

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5. Re: Flying into Liberia, staying at Occidental Grand, & rental

yes, small SUV for ground clearance, not needed for Rincon or Monteverde, but sure makes you feel better.

Hyundai Tucson is a good option.

Try Guaitil for costarrican indigenous pottery, that is nice and very original.

Rincon de la Viejan is the place for mud baths and hot springs.

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