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We are in our 60's and have been to Costa Rica many times. We have always rented a car. Now retired, we would like to find a cheaper way to travel. We are wondering how difficult the local buses are to navigate without knowing much Spanish. We would most likely be traveling the northern part of the country ie La Fortuna, Nosara, Cano Negro, etc and will probably stay in each area for a week or so. We are in good condition for walking a few miles per day but not dragging luggage and too old for back packs. Any ideas you have on the bus system is helpful. Thanks.

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