Weather & Roads

Old Apr 28th, 2005, 08:44 AM
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Weather & Roads

Planning a trip to CR in late Nov. into early Dec. This seems to be 2 weeks after the rainy season in the Manuel Antonio area. I'm wondering if this is accurate. Mainly because after spending a few days at M.A. I was planning on driving to Dominical and reports state the road is dirt but in good condition for this drive. Does anyone know about this road? If someone does I assume they'll know about Dominical and I'd appreciate thoughts on lodging there. More questions to come!! Thanks!!
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Old May 1st, 2005, 12:41 PM
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We stayed at the Hacienda Baru, which is 3 km north from DOminical and liked it very much. It protects 3 km of shore, lies on private reserve. They have 6 cabins, with 2 rooms, kitchinette, fridge, shower. Check it out at www.haciendabaru.com. Your stay includes continental breakfast, access to their well marked trails, butterfly pavillion. It is nice and quiet place. The road between Dominical and Quepos is little bumpy dirt road, go slowly and you will be fine.
Some people here recommend Pacific Edge, we have not stayed there but you can do a search on this forum.
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 12:39 PM
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Nete, that road from MA south to Dominical varies from fair to poor, depeding on season and if they have graded it recently. Its usually what we call "corduroy" - rough but passable. Just take it easy and you should have no problems. Nov and Dec are in the dry season, rain probably will not bother you at all. I think your timing is good if you finish your trip before the Christmas rush. Bole is right, Hacienda Baru is fun; if its not for you, then Dominical is just a few miles further. There are several lodging alternatives in Dominical. Its a surfers town but very friendly and used to tourists. Check out a CR guide book (like Lonely Plantet) for more info. Good luck and have fun!
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Old May 4th, 2005, 09:15 PM
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I was a passenger on the road to Domincal from MA and boy is it bumpy!! The road is what I would call "washboard" and has lots of dips and rocks. It took about 1.5 - 2 hours to get to Dominical but that was driving super duper cautiously. It only took about 45 min - 1hr to get back. My neck ached the next day, probably from the bumping on the road. It is not paved but a pretty drive nevertheless. Sorry I don't have any info about hotels. Hope this helps!
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Old May 12th, 2005, 11:18 AM
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Thanks for the input ya'll. The road to Dominical doesn't sound so scary now.

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Old Jun 15th, 2005, 12:45 PM
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I am planning a trip to CR this summer for Aug 10-18. Can anyone give me an idea of the weather to expect?
I would go later, but cannot.

Thanks!
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Old Jun 15th, 2005, 04:36 PM
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Radiacabeza..."It took about 1.5 - 2 hours to get to Dominical but that was driving super duper cautiously. It only took about 45 min - 1hr to get back."
Just wondering why the road back would be shorter than going......there's only one road and it's the same one right??
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What is everyone considering "bad roads"? I will be going in July and a driver will be picking us up from San Jose to the area of Jaco, do you mean tiny roads that go through mountains with no barricades and a deadly plunge if your not careful? I had an experience in Puerto Rico where we drove on roads like that through the mountains, I pretty much had a panic attack. Soooo I was just wondering if i'll have another lovely experience like this in CR? Any input is greatly appreciated!
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Old Jun 16th, 2005, 10:46 AM
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orionw - you can find a website listing CR weather by searching a little. I recommend Google. There's a zillion sites that I read in preparing for our trip.
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