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Town between San Jose and Samara

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Town between San Jose and Samara

We will be driving from the San Jose Airport to Samara. Our plane arrives mid afternoon so we are planning on driving just a couple hours the first day. We are looking for a little town that we could stay in that would be about 1/2 way. It would help if the town had a yummy restaurant since we'll be arriving around dinner time. Any suggestions? We were thinking of not taking the ferry since we have extra time. Is that a good or bad idea? Thanks!

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1. Re: Town between San Jose and Samara

There really isn't much that's worth spending the night at. It's not THAT far to Samara - depending on your arrival time, you could just drive there. If you arrive late, spend the night by the airport and make the best of the time you have by, perhaps, going to the gold museum in San Jose.

Taking the ferry when you are headed to Samara is a HUGE detour and time investment. I'd take the bridge..

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2. Re: Town between San Jose and Samara

I agree with Framptonian. Nothing really worth stopping for and spending the day between SJO and Samara. The drive is about 4 hrs. The ferry was a good idea to take when the Friendship/Taiwanese Bridge did not exist. No reason to take it now.

Have Fun…Brenda Dragonne, Owner and Founder of the Info Center in Samara & Carrillo

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3. Re: Town between San Jose and Samara

As mentioned, it depends on your arrival time and if the flight is on time + how long it will take you to get out of the airport (it varies, but in our experience at SJO, it was 1.5 hrs in line at the customs), rent a car, etc. It gets dark in CR at 5:30-6 pm.

If you decide to spend the night not far from SJO, here is a description of some hotels in that area- www.twoweeksincostarica.com/hotels-near-sjo/ .

Edited: 05 December 2016, 04:50
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4. Re: Town between San Jose and Samara

Also see a similar Qn here - https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g291982… .

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5. Re: Town between San Jose and Samara

If you're arriving around dinner time, you definitely want to consider just spending the night near the airport and having dinner at your hotel or in Alajuela. Driving from SJO to Sámara at night is nobody's definition of fun.

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I will be driving from Samara to SJO tomorrow. Are there good shopping or scenic stops along the way? Any recommendations for a casual, nice dinner near the airport?

Thank you.


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