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by colee454 Online Now Dec 10, 2007 at 3:22 PM

I am arriving in Costa Rica on Saturday to the Liberia International Airport. I am staying in Tamarindo. Has anyone taken the public bus? Is it easy to get where you need to go or should I rent a car?

I am staying at the Tamarindo Diria and I can't figure out how close a bus stop is.

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    Re: Transportation

    by globetrottette Online Now Dec 19, 2007 at 8:15 AM

    You will have a fantastic time in Tamarindo... From Liberia to Tamarindo...it should take you about 2 hours...(not because it's far, but because of the roads conditions)...

    I stayed at the Diria 2 years ago and it's a fun hotel (I go to CR every year for the last 8 years)... Don't miss out on their excellent breakfast... they go all out... the host's name is Pablo and is super nice...

    Tamarindo is a nightmare though...(filthy/sewage issues) and super super congested.... I would recommend renting a car so that you can explore places like Playa Avellanas (go to Lola's and ask for Maurizio who's one of the bartenders... Tell him Aesha (from France) sent you. Go to Playa Negra and to Pedro's (best arroz con camarones) and if you want to ride horses on the beach. I hope this help... Pura vida mai! You are going to love it

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    by ddrica Online Now Dec 22, 2007 at 8:03 AM

    I am all about taking the bus. I would never drive in Costa Rica. People drive crazy, the roads are terrible and you do not need a car other than getting to your destination. Most locals do not even have a car so public transportation is good. I have heard people complain about the buses but I like it. They are comfortable seats. There is not airconditioning but I like heat so I guess it doesn't bother me. The bus ride allows you to travel close to the locals. You can look at the scenery without worrying about the road and where you are going. The one piece of advice that I have is to try to sit by the luggage compartment side so you can watch at stops so no one takes youyr luggage. Last time I actually traveled light enough that I could squeeze my bag in the floor board in by seat so it stayed with me. You can do this with a duffle bag. The over head compartment is for extremely small bags only. You only need shorts and tshirts. There are no dress up occasions in Costa Rica. Just rool you close to save space and go in a duffle.

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    Re: Transportation

    by MasterCelebrator Online Now Dec 27, 2007 at 1:33 AM

    Just got back from CR and only rented a car for the last 3 days as we wanted to drive from one beach to another and visit playa grande in the evening for the turtles.
    We travelled around easily with public transport and you can also use interbus which is focused to tourists and brings you comfortably (new minibuses) from one hotel to another (www.interbusonline.com).

    If you'd rent a car I'd like to suggest not using POAS as we are not satisfied with them.

    Pura vida

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