Driving from Tamarindo to Montezuma
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Dec 4, 2012 4:31 PM Last Post By: Taradsf
Nov 7, 2012 2:59 AM
Driving from Tamarindo to MontezumaHey all,
I've read quite a few things about driving from Tamarindo to Montezuma. Following the coastline seems pretty impossible. So what would the easiest route be? Going across the peninsula via Santa Cruz using Highway 21?
And is a 4x4 necessary? We will be doing the trip in March by the way we're hoping the roads are fairly good :)
Nov 7, 2012 4:10 AM
1You really do need to take the ferry across from Puntarenas. From time to time people say that the coast route was dry enough to get around but generally it isn't and you can't ford the rivers. Some say there are hillside routes and I am sure there are but you might need to be a goat!
If you follow the coast from Tamarindo you will get through a few rivers easily but will come up short just north of Samara. You will sit there looking at the fast moving river trying to decide if you can make it. There is a guy nearby with a backhoe who makes a good living charging tourists $100 to pull them out (his deep backhoe tracks are probably one of the reasons you can't make it!). There is a possible dirt route that local take but if gets even worse the other side of Samara.
You should do the drive that far though if you have time- beaches along the way are fabulous. (San Juanillo is one of the best in CR).
Nov 7, 2012 4:18 AM
2You can use this alternate route the Interbus uses.
But use GPS or get a good map.
is adequate but there are better maps to buy such as the National Geographic or the maps from ICT aren't bad for free.http://www.govisitcostarica.com/travelInfo/map.asp
Nov 7, 2012 7:07 AM
Nov 8, 2012 2:28 AM
4Thanks guys and thanks for the maps. Is the bus route drivable for regular cars or 4x4s?
I like some adventurous driving, but I'm not really sure I want to get stuck in a river. Will probably end up taking the safe and boring route and get more info on road conditions when we're there :)
Can't wait to go to friggin' Costa Rica! :) Way too many months left though...
Nov 8, 2012 4:00 AM
5The ferry crossing is actually very scenic and not boring at all although the ferry port of Puntarenas isn't exactly thrilling....but the crossing is definitely worth it.
Dec 4, 2012 4:31 PM
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