Renting car for one week stay in San Juan del Sur
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jun 10, 2013 3:41 PM Last Post By: LeinsterMel
Jun 6, 2013 9:37 AM
Renting car for one week stay in San Juan del SurHi - I am studying Spanish and staying with a family in San Juan del Sur with my 7 & 9 yr olds. It's unclear how easy it is to relay on taxis and public transportation to get to beach and probably one or two day trips to Granada We will mostly be staying around san juan del sur so seems a waste to rent a car, but I want lots of flexibility in getting to and from beaches with my kids so am concerned about having to adhere to bus schedules - and it sounds like taxis have become very expensive (when I lived there in 1996 you could take a taxi anywhere on pacific side for about $10)
Does anyone have any advice about whether I should rent or if it will be fine just using taxis and buses? BTW I have a very limited budget!
Jun 7, 2013 6:27 AM
1Thats the entire problem with SJDS, is all lodging is far from the beach, and the town is far from the good beaches, as you need to commute to the nice beaches north and south of town, as the main beach is polluted and not so great for a swim. Keep in mind as well, the nice beaches are for surfing, not really for swimming, the pacific is dangerous currents, big waves and strong rip tides, be very careful with children, and yourself.
Why not stay in a beach town, that you can walk to the beach, is safe to swim, and also not a party scene of gringos gone wrong? I suggest Samara or Nosora Costa Rica.
Jun 7, 2013 10:27 AM
Jun 7, 2013 5:56 PM
3Depends on where you're staying and for how long. If you are staying outside of town for like a week, it may be worth it to be able to go where you want when you want. If you're in town and will only want to leave a couple of times, probably not. If you're staying for several weeks it would be too much money. I think there may now be car rentals right in SJDS that will allow you to rent only when you need the car instead of letting it sit idle.
Jun 10, 2013 3:41 PM
I'm just back from SJDS. There were loads of shuttle services going to the beaches each day from tourist info places in town, and our hostel had its own shuttle that went each day to the beach that the most guests wanted to go to. It cost us $5 per person. You definitely need transport for the good beaches. I didn't see any bus services, I think shuttles are the only option apart from renting a car, which I'm afraid I have no advice on!
A private shuttle to Granada from our hostel cost $50, which wouldn't be too bad if shared between a few people. You can also take the regular buses- you change at Rivas for Granada. This would be a lot cheaper, though slower.
Based on the above, I'd say it might be worth checking out car rentals if you've got 2 kids and a tight budget. The only other thing I would say is the better beaches are a little off the beaten track, so you'd probably want to get good directions!
Good luck and enjoy!
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