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…
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
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?
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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