We didn't stay here but just stopped for a break during one of the many long cross-country drives in public vans. Costa Rica is the only trip we didn't rent a car, because i was afraid of the roads. In 1993 when i first visited Costa Rica, roads were crazy and so was the driving. Not sure what changed, me or the roads, but by 2004 they seemed fine. I think renting a car would not be a problem. Stuck in the public vans more than 5 hours at a time was a problem. So we're enjoying a much needed break.