SanJose -Flamingo: Drive or Fly ?

Old Nov 5th, 2005, 04:22 PM
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SanJose -Flamingo: Drive or Fly ?

We are two couples that will finish a 10 day Caravan tour on Feb 21, 2006, and then spend 3 weeks traveling on the west coast. We will travel from San Jose to Flamingo Beach by private driver, OR we will fly to Liberia first. We have all day to make the trip, and thought the drive would be nice if there was much of interest to see, as the driver will accomodate any side trips. Can anyone make any recommendations on this? Thanks, Ken.
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Old Nov 5th, 2005, 05:58 PM
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True, you might enjoy the drive. We always do. Especially if it is your first time in the country--so much to see and marvel at. And especially since you do have ample time to enjoy. Have a great time!
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Old Nov 5th, 2005, 08:47 PM
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As Shillmac notes, with that much time you should rent a car; you will enjoy the flexibility it offers. Thousands of other tourists will be out there driving with you, so its no big deal. Gas is no more expensive than here. Just don't be in a hurry; take your time and enjoy the drive.
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Old Nov 6th, 2005, 08:46 AM
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Hello Ken, if you decide to fly take a flight to Tamarindo. It´s only a few miles from Playa Flamingo. A car you can rent in Flamingo, too. Most agencies will bring it to your hotel.
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Driving in Costa Rica can be challenging. When traveling to the Pacific or Atlantic costs you will encounter many curves and mountains that will make your driving difficult, you need to stay relax, these are a two-way roads most of the time, even if you see other vehicles passing do NOT attempt to do the same. Many people are killed on these hazardous roads. You may get stock behind an 18 wheeler but take this good advise, pass only in designated areas. You will get there soon or later if you do NOT listen to good advise you and your car occupants may get killed on your way to paradise. I hope I did not scare you to death... but I just want to make sure you are save.

SAFETY AND SECURITY: On both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, currents are swift and dangerous, and there are no lifeguards or signs warning of dangerous beaches. Several American citizens drown in Costa Rica each year.
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With that said… An 4x4 will be a good vehicle to get, not only can take the rough roads but also will provide a bit more protection in case of an accident. The speeds in Costa Rica are in Kilometers and those roads are probably 60 KM/H – This is not much but the roads are small.
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