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car rental vs. private driver

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We are traveling to CR the week 12/25-12/31. I am deciding whether we should stick with our car rental or hire a driver. We are renting a house in Atenas, but plan to take day trips every day to Jaco, Poas volcano, Tajo Alto ziplines, and San Jose. We like to travel at our own pace rather than as part of larger tour groups. But I do enjoy the details and extra tidbits that guides provide. So, I'm open to hiring someone for the time we are there to drive us and lead us through some of the locations. However, we don't need a guide for everything. Sometimes we just need transportation to our scheduled adventures.

Thanks!!

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I have missed the question. It looks like you have already decided to use private transfers/driver. Many of them are very good, and will act as guides. Which ones, you will need to research more. I have had good experiences with both Rocio and Luis from Tucan Limo Services.

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We used both options.a recommend the driver. They are full of useful information and takes away the stress.we booked our driver thru anywhere cost arica and had fantastic service.have a great time we are here now and its beautiful.

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We always use a driver. Going again at end of dec and it takes stress away.

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The only time we have used a driver was in Costa Rica; and only for two transfers. It totally depends on your travel style; we prefer being on our own, even if that is accompanied by more "working" and some possible complications (read car accidents).

Yet the two transfer we have had with Luis and Rocio were both great, we have learned a lot about the country, etc. But we cannot see ourselves being driven around the whole trip. Others enjoys the driver. Usually the driver does not stay with you the whole time. If you want to have it 24/7, it will be quite expensive, I think.

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For travel around town in the evenings, getting groceries, etc. it would be better for you to have your own car or to hire a taxi. Private drivers are more for driving between cities, picking you up at the airport, etc. We like to have a driver for those, but if you like to have your own freedom and are comfortable driving, a lot of people like to rent a car.

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