After catching up with Dani, Rich, and Crystal, we started to make a plan. It was the 24th of January, and my brother had a flight home on the 28th, Crystal and Rich had a flight home on the 30th, and Dani and I were headed home on the 2nd. So we had to make sure we all made our flights.
We decided for the most flexibility we would rent a car. Car rentals in Costa Rica are super expensive. Online they only appear to be around $30 per day, but once you get to the airport they force you to get rental insurance. We tried to use our credit cards (most come with free rental car insurance) but they refused to take it. I guess the government here makes everyone purchase their insurance.
The rental car companies also usually charge a deposit of around $1500 (sometimes less) per day in case there are any damages.
We found a guy recommended by our hostel that would charge us $65 per day inclusive of the mandatory insurance, and would not make us give him a deposit. Our car was a POS, window would not go down and the AC didn’t work. It was a tiny 1.6L shitbox SUV, but it got us around.
We headed out of San Jose. Luckily Richards iPhone’s GPS worked even without a data signal.
We drove 2 hours to Puntarenas, which is on the West coast of Costa Rica.
Montezuma is located at the bottom of a peninsula, so rather than driving up and around (which I guess is about a 5 hour drive), we were able to catch a ferry from Puntarenas across the bay to Montezuma. We drove our car over and they gave us a little slip of paper reserving us a spot on the ferry. We then had to leave the driver in the car and take the slip over to pay for the car and each passenger.
It was a very nice ferry ride lasting a little over an hour.
Once on the other side, we drove another 40 minutes into Montezuma.
Montezuma was a tiny little town, very relaxed and beautiful. There was a beach right at the end of the road.
That night we drank fairly heavily and hungout on the beach.