Stelle wrote:James29 wrote:My trip to Costa Rica is only a couple weeks away and I have not done hardly ANY planning. I don't even have a hotel for half of the nights. I need to figure out if I am going to rent a car. I am inclined to rent one, but nervous. It is hard to know without having been there. I felt fine renting a car in Cabo San Lucas and Valencia but it would have been horrible in the Dominican, Ecuador and DF.
Where in Costa Rica are you going? We rented a car for a month in Costa Rica, and were really happy to have done so. We never felt unsafe (well, except when trying to find a place to park the car for a few days on the border with Nicaragua - in hindsight, it was fine, but at the time it felt a bit sketchy). We were able to do a lot of hiking and exploring that would have been much more difficult without a car. For lodging, we used AirBNB quite a lot.
Enjoy your trip!
I am going to fly in to Liberia. I have two free days and then to a work conference for three days at a resort in Guanacaste. Then I have one day after before flying back out of Liberia. I am quite an explorer, but I'm also quite conservative with doing anything remotely dangerous or stupid. I was doing some internet surfing yesterday and think renting a car would serve me well... even if it is just for going from hotel to hotel. I'm not crazy about learning the public transport system just for a few days. I'll be on the beach for the conference so I'm hoping to do a nice hike on one of the other days.