My husband and I are planning a 10 day vacation to the Puerto Viejo area in late November/early December. We've been to Costa Rica before, but stayed on the Pacific side. We will be flying into SJO. I understand that we are looking at a 4-5 hour drive to Puerto Viejo. We would like to have a rental vehicle. However, I am not crazy about the idea of driving that far in a foreign country that we have never driven in before! Would we be better off booking private transportation from SJO to Puerto Viejo and then renting a vehicle once we get there? Or is it easier to rent a vehicle in San Jose? Also, I've read about the white water rafting trips between the two destinations... Definitely interested in that! It seems like you can do either direction.. which way would be recommended: San Jose to Puerto Viejo to start the vacation, or Puerto Viejo to San Jose to end the vacation? We plan on staying the night in San Jose on the first and last night regardless.