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Travel from Arenal to Tortuga with rental car

Walnut, California
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Travel from Arenal to Tortuga with rental car

We want to include Tortuga national park in our visit to Costa rica. Is it complicated since we will have rental car from San Jose?. Should we book 2 days Tortuga and 1 days Arenal?.

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1. Re: Travel from Arenal to Tortuga with rental car

Tortuguero?

San Jose, Costa Rica
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2. Re: Travel from Arenal to Tortuga with rental car

Tortuguero is a nice place…in your case maybe think about …drive from Arenal to La PAvona…leave the car there…take a public boat to Tortuguero….

Parking at La Pavona is nice and safe…

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3. Re: Travel from Arenal to Tortuga with rental car

Two days in Tortuguero and 1 day in Arenal sounds like you are spending your trip in the car (and on a boat). You might want to rethink the itinerary if your time is short and just pick one spot or the other.

The drive from Arenal to the boat dock is roughly 4 hours and then there's the 60-90 minute boat ride. There is a secured lot at La Pavona where you catch the boat to Tortuguero. For driving directions check out http://www.tortuguerovillage.com/driving.htm The directions do not include the stretch between Arenal and Guapiles.

Edited: 25 April 2015, 03:55
Walnut, California
3 posts
2 reviews
4. Re: Travel from Arenal to Tortuga with rental car

Yes, Amy..Tortuguero National park

Walnut, California
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2 reviews
5. Re: Travel from Arenal to Tortuga with rental car

Hi, roadadvisor, I consider change my itinerary. My plane will arrive at San Jose at 7 am, get rental car, etc, then drive to La Pavona, leave car there, by public boat to Tortuguero. Stay for 2 nights, then back to La Pavona to get my car, then drive to La fortuna/ Arenal for 2 days.

How late is the public boat leaving from La Pavona to Tortuguero?

Cahuita, Costa Rica
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6. Re: Travel from Arenal to Tortuga with rental car

With such limited time, perhaps consider flying in and/or out of Tortuguero. Your car rental company will deliver to La Pavona or Arenal, so you have a bit less travel time and a bit more vacation time.

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