Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Mexico & Central America
Reload this Page >

Anyone taken the Short Cut from San Jose to La Fortuna

Anyone taken the Short Cut from San Jose to La Fortuna

Old Feb 23rd, 2005, 08:47 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 112
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Anyone taken the Short Cut from San Jose to La Fortuna

Ive been looking at routes from San Jose to the Arenal area. So, I went to various hotel sites near where we are staying and printed out their directions to compare. The Lost iguana has an optional shortcut that says will save us 25 minutes, and is scenic. Sounds pretty nice, but has anyone taken it? I'm a little freaked that few directions have street names. Seems like evrything is by landmarks. I'm just wondering if anyone has tried this shortcut and been successful. If it's too complicated I don't want to chance it. I don't want to waste time getting lost. Thanks!
mosey10 is offline  
Old Feb 23rd, 2005, 09:00 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 10,212
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The fastest way to get from the SJO airport area to Arenal is west on the Interamerican, exit at San Ramon, then north through La Tigra and on to La Fortuna, where you turn left and drive the last 5-10 min. to Arenal. Very scenic--well, gee, every route is that!

Another popular route takes you through Naranjo, Zarcero, San Carlos (also called Cuidad Quesada). Also very scenic, but takes a little longer. It is fun to go one way and return the other.
shillmac is offline  
Old Feb 23rd, 2005, 01:05 PM
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 112
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks shillmac. i think that's the route a couple of the other hotels suggested. They say it takes 3 1/2 hours on this route. The Lost iguana mentions a short cut that would save us 25 minutes. Just wondering if it's complicated and really true. Wonder if anyone has done it? We're just trying to make it to Arenal before night fall. Thanks!
mosey10 is offline  
Old Feb 23rd, 2005, 02:51 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We are planning our honeymoon..a little late I know...but we ned somem advice as to what are the MUST go to places. We onlyhave 6 days and want to start out at Arenal. Is it best to rent an SUV and drive ourselves or have someone take us around and pay for the service? Where should we stay in Areanal? I heard Paraiso is nice? Any comments? We don't want to spend more than $115 a night. Although we copuld afford to do it one night somewhere. We want to surf and stay near the beaches, ride the rapids and do the tours that include the swing through the trees. Any want to help pla our very special week?
Jille is offline  
Old Feb 24th, 2005, 06:45 AM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 112
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Well, I hear Lost Iguana is nice in Arenal, but some complained about construction. The rooms look nice, and their web site is pretty good. But, I was told Arenal paraiso and Montana de Fuego have better views of the Volcano, so we decided on that. we're staying at AP for about $90 in one of the Deluxe air conditioned cabins. It's our first trip and we're only going to Arenal and La Paz, so I wish I could help you more.
mosey10 is offline  
Old Feb 24th, 2005, 07:30 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 10,212
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We liked Arenal Paraiso. It has gotten very good reviews from almost everyone who has stayed there.
shillmac is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
rich99
Mexico & Central America
6
May 17th, 2006 12:51 PM
goatsgruff
Mexico & Central America
5
Mar 7th, 2005 06:41 PM
polinko
Mexico & Central America
1
Feb 19th, 2005 08:16 PM
elenia
Mexico & Central America
6
Jan 26th, 2005 12:43 PM
Wolfiesmom
Mexico & Central America
5
Apr 23rd, 2004 06:55 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -