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We are two active seniors who want to go to Costa Rica in January or February. I have friends who took a Caravan tour and loved it. They did though say that it was VERY Rustic and a lot of time on a bus. We have traveled independently for years even in Europe.
Will we be able to drive in Costa Rica and see all there is to see by ourselves? Is there another tour company that is not as "rustic" or is the whole island rustic.? Are there private guides that would be better than an arranged tour? Would be grateful for all opinions.

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