Driving during the honeymoon - Just trying to remove stressors before they happen.
December 18, 2012 12:17 PM Subscribe
We're going to Costa Rica for our honeymoon! We’re risk-averse and easily scared / frustrated while driving in the US. Should we drive ourselves or hire a driver / drivers in Costa Rica?
posted by Tehhund to Travel & Transportation around Costa Rica (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We're going to Costa Rica for our honeymoon in late May & early June 2013! But we're torn on whether to rent a car or hire (a) driver(s). We'll be staying near the Arenal Volcano for 5 nights and travelling around the area to do hikes, kayaking, and whatever other adventure we choose. Then we’ll be in the Guanacaste area for 4 nights and mostly relaxing but may need to get around a couple days.
The issue is: we are both easily flustered on the road. My fiancee does not like unfamiliar situations, and she usually asks me to drive in areas we don’t know very well. But both of us are easily scared and irritated by any craziness on the road. Cars coming into our lane are scary, cars getting too close alongside us is bothersome, uncertainty about road rules & right-of-way can be scary. When something like that happens, she gets scared, and I get a little scared + end up frustrated and feeling responsible for scaring her (even when it’s 100% not my fault, I still get frustrated - go figure). I’m worried that in an unfamiliar country we’re both going to get scared every time we’re on the road, which will lead to frustration and stress on our honeymoon. Neither of us has been in an accident in years, yet this lingers. “Think of driving there as an adventure” has no appeal to us.
This fear/frustration isn’t a huge deal - it’s far from a phobia - and if this were any trip besides our honeymoon I would definitely just rent a car and we would deal with the occasional scare just like we do today. But after all the wedding craziness, I want to make this as low-stress as possible, and this is a very likely stressor. So I thought that hiring a driver for some or all of our days might be a way to avoid some of this. We would still be on the same roads, but at least the driver would be used to the roads and how people drive, would know how to get where we’re going, and I wouldn’t end up feeling irrationally responsible for everything. Seems like a major stress reliever.
So help me out Hive Mind: am I overestimating how crazy and different it will be driving in Costa Rica? Some travel sites say “no problem!” and others say “look out, it’s nuts!” Are there reputable companies where we can hire a trustworthy driver for a day or several days? How much should we expect it to cost?