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solo traveler driving in Costa Rica

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solo traveler driving in Costa Rica

Hi all,

I am planning to be in San Jose May 5-8. There do not seem to be a lot of solo traveler hikes from San Jose so I am trying to figure out a way to get to La fortuna. I am thinking of heading out to Arenal in a rental as opposed to a public bus / shuttle to get there by 9 am

How easy is it to drive in Costa Rcia esp. the San Jose-Arenal route ? I think i won't be driving at night.

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1. Re: solo traveler driving in Costa Rica

Do not drive at night. Unless you live here driving at night is a no-no. Poor lighting, lack of signs, and most of all pedestrians and various wildlife. A lot of roads do not have side walks and also lack shoulders, this is not a good combo. Anyway, don't drive at night.

The route from San Jose to Arenal is fine, roads are in good shape last time I did it. Good driving resource here http://www.yourtravelmap.com/

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2. Re: solo traveler driving in Costa Rica

I agree! Do not even think of driving that route at night alone. Dark roads and many hazards. First light is about 5:30 am so easy to get an early start. If you arrive the afternoon/night before, stay in Alajueala where the airport is (about 30-45 min from San Jose on a road often snarled with traffic.) Plan to have your car picked up or delivered to your lodging so you can set out early. It is a lovely drive. If you want another great place to spend a night and do some hiking/exploring on the way back, ck out the Orosi Lodge. Depending on the time of your departure flight you might easily spend your last night there. Less than an hour from SJO.

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3. Re: solo traveler driving in Costa Rica

Hey,

I am traveling solo to CR May 10-15. I have traveled several times, but this would be the first time I rented a car. I am receiving quotes for $165 in local taxes. Is this normal? Any tips on how to rent a car without all the excess taxes?

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4. Re: solo traveler driving in Costa Rica

Driving in Costa Rica is simple…just follow speed limits…driving distances…and let the others drive ….just do your best and everything is going to be OK…even if are not some time present some road signs….just follow your common sense…and do not drive to fast…

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