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Looking for some advice on renting a 4x4 and driving in Nicaragua.
We'll be staying at a rental house north of San Juan del Sur, and will definitely need a 4x4 to get around. The question is, is it better/easier to pick up the rental in Granada and drive down to SJDS (quicker/cheaper option) or take the shuttle to SJDS and pick up the car rental there (is this a safer option?)

For comparison, I've driven in Costa Rica in the rainy season. How would the driving in Nica compare?

Recommendations for car rental company?

Thanks

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