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If you don’t have a car, you’ll need to either take a cab or go on an organized tour if you want to visit the hot springs or view the volcano. La Fortuna has tons of taxis (you can flag one down practically anywhere, or dial (tel) 2479-9605), and a line of them is always ready and waiting along the main road beside the central park. Another alternative is to rent a car when you get here. Alamo ((tel) 2479-9090; www.alamocostarica.com) has an office in downtown La Fortuna.

 

Several places to rent scooters and ATVs are around town. I like Moto Rental ((tel) 2479-7376), which rents scooters and off-road motorcycles. Provided it’s not raining too heavily, this is a good way to get around. Rates run around $45 to $60 per day for a scooter. They also offer up a 2 1/2-hour ATV tour. The cost is $70 per person.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.