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We are returning to Costa Rica in late March arriving San Jose in early afternoon. The following morning we are flying to Puerto Jiminez. We need a nice hotel close to the airport as our flight out is early in the am. Any suggestions?

Also when we return to San Jose from Puerto Jiminez we arrive about noon and plan to drive to Arenal. I think this is doable but we need to rent a car and have it available when we arrive at the airport. In the past we used drivers but this time we want to rent a vehicle.

So should we simply contact a major car rental agency for pick up at the airport? Could our hotel make these arrangements for us even though it will be a few days before we return? We plan to again stay at the same hotel when we come back from Arenal.

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