Kind of like if I asked you, "I'm arriving at 3:00 pm in New York and heading for New England. How long will it take me to get there?"Edited: 17 May 2011, 22:04
Depending on where you go in Guanacaste, it could take you 4 hours or more,
the drive is easy, but don't do it at night., get a good night sleep, and head out next morning. With the pice of gas these days, I don't know what transport company are charging, but check with tucanlimoservices.com/ very highly recommended.
Hi I too am trying to plan a trip to CR from NYC and I am having 2nd thoughts of staying all week at the AI deserted Riu. I want to visit it all north and south.
Can you give me some advice? I want to fly into cheaper San Jose and travel to some real nice beaches and a rain forest. I am not in to the volcanoe stuff. Just want to see nice blue water beaches and a some green jungles. lol. Is it safe for us to travel by rental car on our own from SJ to Tamarindo etc.? Any advice thanks in advance.
Perfectly safe and good roads a lot better than some around New Jersey...and Florida...just common sense...observe your driving distance...and speed...tickets over $ 500.00 USD...
Also is OK to hire driver...hopefully with a good vehicle...good insurance and bilingual...not one with no insurance a old Korean car and no English!
Real safe to travel via rental car from SJO to Tamarindo, but that will take you several hours. You could reach great beaches and national park in Manuel Antonio in 3 hours or so. Getting a guide for the park is best. Nothing wrong with staying at Riu, but you wont experience the real Costa Rica, just typical AI food, etc. I wouldnt do it, I like to eat in local places, meet locals, get real feel/taste of CR. Enjoy!
Nothing wrong with staying at the RIU if you don't mind their ugly environmental record and the isolation.
Really, for Costa Rica, AI is not the best thing.
Rroman, you don't say how long you will be in Costa Rica, but I would recommend Manuel Antonio for what you are looking for. Lots to do in the area and you will get beach and forest. www.manuelantoniopark.com
The inland area near Tamarindo is mostly plains and farms but it is possible to do day trips to some nearby National Parks: Rincon de la Vieja, Miravalles, Tenorio and Palo Verde - 2 hours or less from Tamarindo. If you decide to go to Tamarindo, you will be better off to fly into Liberia (LIR) which is about 45 minutes from Tamarindo rather than SJO which is about 5 hours from Tamarindo.
For distances and travel times - www.yourtravelmap.com
For National Park information - www.costarica-nationalparks.com
Sorry now I see that you are arriving at 8:30PM...be extra carefull driving at night ...in your case maybe better hiring a driver or spending the night in San Jose...then drive next day!
I posted the following last night!
The Costa rican DOT just release a warning about some roads that are considering to be dangerous during rainy days or night time driving...among those!
2- Panamerican road North ... Mountain sections between San Ramon and Puntarenas.
Also from Puntarenas to Liberia.
Pan Am. South around Cerro de la Muerte on the way to San Isidro del General, Perez Zeledon.
3- Also in mountains road around Monte del Aguacate.
Route 4...between Vara Blanca de Heredia-Muelle de San Carlos...very inestable and dangerous.
4- Route 27 new road to Orotina and Caldera. The most dangerous section on 27th ...around 11 Kms..between Atenas and Orotina.
Also around Parrita and Quepos where some big floods accurred on the past by rivers..Parrita or Quepos...by Paquita!
Just take in consideration that the advice is for rainy days and night drive during the rainy season that just started!
Please buckle up and enjoy the ride on PARADISE!...and follow the DOT advice...have a nice and safe drive...it is possible!
Landing in Alajuela, is the best option in your situation .....blue water beaches and green jungles ....closer area: Central Pacific ....maybe no blue water .....but you can spend a very good time in some beautiful beaches .....nice easy going " green jungles " : Carara and Manuel Antonio; both national parks.
Depending on your time .... you can extend your visit to some other areas ...
Also, driving is fine, just be sure that you have all info, before you get from: A to B ......
Pura Vida ...