We are going as a family to Marriott Los Suenoz in Costa Rica in January. I heard it is $150.00 (for one) for the taxi from San Juan. Is it best to rent a car for the week, take a taxi or rent a car for a few days, each way. We are planning on exploring but do not know if we should drive around on our own or take tours to local places. Any suggestions would be helpful.
The airport is in San Jose. Los Suenos is beautiful, but is like living on an American island and I wanted the kids to get some idea of the culture. You will not get this at the hotel or on packaged tours. We rented an SUV from Budget and found driving easy and convenient. It is about an hour to an hour and a half to the hotel.
The town next to Los Suenos is Jaco which is a very basic beach town. The exotic spot in that area is Manual Antonio park near Quepos. This has monkeys, sloths, a jungle reserve, etc. A few hours drive to the south and well worth it.
The volcano at Arenal is great especially the hot springs, but we drove up and stayed there. It would be a long day trip.
Having traveled extensively in CR and lived there off and on for 19 years, a rental SUV is highly recommended. While the hotel offers excellant tour choices, you will be much better served to get out and see a little of the country and meet the friendy, hospitable Tico's. You are a very short drive south to Manuel Antonio National Park which is located in the Quepos area. Now that the road to Quepos has been paved, the trip through tens of thousands of acres of palm oil plantations is unique to that country. While there is little to see from the road, there are numerous activities to be experienced that you can choose on your own schedule rather than be tethered to a tourist van. Unless you are a very early riser, that will be your best bet as most tours leave the hotel very early in the morning.
Whatever your decision, make sure to stop at the bridge over the Tarcoles River to see the massive crocodiles in the water and surrounding the banks as they are numerous and huge.
Have a great stay...you will enjoy the hotel and the amenities there.
Hi, I stayed at both Marriotts, San Jose and Los Suenos, three years ago and white water rafted, jungle toured, etc. with tour busses. It worked out ok. I rented a car only for two days and we drove up the coast with scuba gear to go diving and having our own car was important with alll of that stuff.
I hope you have a fun trip. I know I did.