I forgot in my post about hotels to ask about car rental. US State Dept notes that there have been robberies of rental cars from SJO airport. A friend has advised that this is most likely to the more heavily populated resort areas, but it makes me nervous. State dept bulletin say no incidents since april 06, but also no apprehension of the criminals.
Can anyone familiar w/ the area advise me as to whether or not a rental car is necessary, and if so, is it safe to drive 3 1/2 hours from the airport?