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Do I need to rent a car?

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Do I need to rent a car?

We are thinking of winding down our vacation with a week here -- somewhere in Quepos and/or near Manuel Antonio. Possibly a vacation rental house, rather than hotel, though undecided. Can we (family of 4) make do without a car? Hate to have one just sitting there for a week if we can easily get around on foot, taxi, and bus...

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1. Re: Do I need to rent a car?

I personally have been to the Manuel antonio area 3 times and never felt the need to have a rental car .... Depending where you stay alot of the restaurants in this area are within walking distance and at the very least a short cab ride .... and the cabs are readily available .... most rides are 6 to 10 dollars . I'm sure more replies will come in soon ........... enjoy your trip !

Edited: 2:27 pm, February 04, 2014
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2. Re: Do I need to rent a car?

The Quepos/Manuel Antonio area is one of the most convenient areas to get around without a car. There are buses, and taxis constantly running along the road from Quepos to the Manuel Antonio National Park and beaches.

As far as house rentals, the best locations are off the road between Quepos and the Manuel Antonio National Park. In my opinion, the closer to the park/beach the better.

The best place to start looking for house rentals is at: http://www.vrbo.com

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You can definitely get by without a car. Buses and taxis are easily available and depending on where you stay, there are lots of restaurants within walking distance. All of the tours provide transportation in their costs which makes a big difference. My family stayed at Tulemar in Manuel Antonio and LOVED it. They have big and small vacation villas and are very centrally located. Enjoy Costa Rica--it is paradise!

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I'm a NO vote on the car rental. However, be VERY careful when you choose a rental esp. some of the home rentals can be well off the main road. As suggested, do some research and get a realistic idea of where the rental is actually located. You can always repost here with a list of possible options in the event someone has personal knowledge of the specific property. Also be aware that the road from Quepos to MA Park is winding and mountainous. Inquire as to the number of steps to access the rental if stairs are an issue. Lots of great rentals/condos/homes etc. in the area. I'm confident you'll find the perfect fit for you and your family!

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5. Re: Do I need to rent a car?

I agree with everyone above.....less than half of our guests have a rental car......buses and taxis are easy......most of the tours will pick you up.....right at your villa.....and depending on where you rent.....there may be restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance.

Tulemar Dave

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6. Re: Do I need to rent a car?

Anyone traveling to Costa Rica should be aware that the price quoted by all car rental companies here does not include an exorbitant liability insurance you are forced to buy. For instance, for a 1-month rental, we had to pay almost $900 (quoted at 3 different rental companies) for a minivan. That is what I pay for 9 months of full car insurance in the US. This will be my first and last trip to Costa Rica.

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