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Transportation to Puerto Viejo & one night hotel in SanJose

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Transportation to Puerto Viejo & one night hotel in SanJose

We will be staying in Puerto Viejo for a week and wonder if it's better to rent a car at the airport( we arrive at 10AM), take a shuttle or hire a driver. We are a group of two adults and one teenager. Will we need a car in Puerto Viejo? Also , can you recomment a good hotel in San Jose for one night before our departing flight.

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11. Re: Transportation to Puerto Viejo & one night hotel in SanJose

just to add to the many excellent points above, and clearly the opinion of a 'die hard' driver: drive! the 'freedom' is worth it.

last November we got into SJ around 14:00 and had a car reserved ahead. even allowing time for CR "speed" at the rental counter, we thought this was okay. it was however not until 16:20 when we finally had the car, luggage loaded. when I told the inquiring counter agent our destination was Rio Cocles, he looked funny. but I knew the road was good until at least Limon (as it was) although we had to contend with logging trucks who tried to pass ( one actually did when I was not watching), fine mist through the woods coming down, and the usual big holes in the road at odd times (just to keep you alert), we had no problems whatsoever. Lost daylight as we hit Limon and the rest was in the dark. after a stop in Limon for coffee, we reached our place close to 20:30. what made it worth having the car down there: day trips up and down the coast, alternating with lazing on the beach, and on the way home we took the less travelled route: we stopped in Guapiles, El Suerre is a great place and the town was very interesting.

from there we moved on through Pto.Viejo (the "other one"); the drive then through the hills, San Miguel, Volcan Poas, Varablanca, down to Alajuela was a treat, some stretches reminding us of the Austrian or Swiss Alps, complete with Holsteins grazing, waterfalls and great switchbacks (a la Grossglockner). This area is worth a few days alone, and we'll be back. We discovered a great(although very expensive)lodge in the hills - did not stay, but it sure looked good: Peace Lodge

this drive took three days and was worth the cost of the car.