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Driving from Denver CO to Costa Rica

Hi- Im planning a trip to drive to Costa Rica in Feb. of this year. I plan on traveling with my daughter who will be 16 months at the time. My husband is from Costa Rica. So we wanted to drive there to have a truck also so we can surf the whole pacific coast. Just wondering if you all have any suggestions to the best book to buy for our trip the best route and just the NEED TO KNOWS!
I would like any info anyone can give me. If you have drove there in the past year please email me your story or your advice. I just want to be fully prepared to drive there.

How much Spanish do you know?

Nada (None!)
10% (8 votes)
A tiny bit
36% (28 votes)
Light conversational
27% (21 votes)
I'm fluent, gringo!
27% (21 votes)
Total votes: 78

Planned trips only: How many plan to go

Just me!
29% (10 votes)
2
46% (16 votes)
3
17% (6 votes)
4
6% (2 votes)
5+
3% (1 vote)
Total votes: 35

Completed trips only: How many people went?

Just me!
28% (7 votes)
2
36% (9 votes)
3
12% (3 votes)
4
24% (6 votes)
Total votes: 25

Will you (or did you) take a GPS on your trip?

Yes, and I have all the maps for it.
36% (13 votes)
Yes, but I don't have maps. Just for reference.
14% (5 votes)
No, but I wish I could.
17% (6 votes)
Nope, I don't need no stinking GPS!
33% (12 votes)
Total votes: 36

Will you (or did you) take a laptop on your trip?

Yes, gotta stayed connected
48% (34 votes)
Nope, I'll use the internet cafes
27% (19 votes)
Laptop? I'm taking my iPhone!
15% (11 votes)
Not worried about computers
10% (7 votes)
Total votes: 71

What kind of vehicle did you take?

Car
23% (8 votes)
SUV / Small Van
34% (12 votes)
Truck / Big Van
29% (10 votes)
Motorhome class
14% (5 votes)
Total votes: 35

How much time can you (or did you) budget for a trip?

1 week
11% (5 votes)
2 weeks
4% (2 votes)
2-4 weeks
26% (12 votes)
2 - 3 months
17% (8 votes)
4-6 months
21% (10 votes)
Extended
21% (10 votes)
Total votes: 47

What guide books did you use for research?

Lonely Planet
57% (12 votes)
Let's Go
10% (2 votes)
Footprint
10% (2 votes)
Moon Guides
10% (2 votes)
Rough Guides
14% (3 votes)
Total votes: 21
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