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Car Rentals in Costa Rica

When planning a vacation in Costa Rica, one of the key decisions is choosing the right rental car to navigate the diverse terrain and explore the country at your own pace. Opting for a top-quality late model vehicle offers numerous benefits, allowing you to travel on your terms with comfort and safety. With features like automatic transmission, airbags, and air conditioning as standard, you can rest assured of a smooth and pleasant journey.

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Whether you're drawn to the lush rainforests, pristine beaches, or charming towns, having your own vehicle allows you to venture off the beaten path and discover hidden gems at your own pace.

Costa Rica's varied landscapes call for different types of vehicles to suit your needs. Whether you're a small family or a group of friends, there are options ranging from 4 passenger coupes or sedans to 7 passenger sports utility vehicles (SUVs). These vehicles are equipped to handle the rugged terrain, ensuring a comfortable and secure ride for you and your loved ones throughout your vacation.

Navigating the logistics of an international car rental can be daunting, but with our team of bilingual agents, you can put your worries to rest. They are dedicated to helping you understand the paperwork and navigate through the fine print, ensuring there are no hidden fees or unpleasant surprises along the way. Unlike booking through non-Costa Rican websites or rental car portals, our agents provide transparent information to make your rental experience hassle-free.

Understanding the mandatory taxes, fees, and refundable deposits associated with a Costa Rican car rental is crucial for a smooth process. With our guidance, you'll have a clear understanding of the costs involved, allowing you to budget effectively for your trip. This transparency eliminates any uncertainties and ensures a stress-free rental experience from start to finish.

Perhaps the greatest advantage of renting a car in Costa Rica is the freedom it offers for spontaneous exploration. Whether you're drawn to the lush rainforests, pristine beaches, or charming towns, having your own vehicle allows you to venture off the beaten path and discover hidden gems at your own pace. With rental car pickup locations conveniently located at major destinations and airports such as SJO and LIR, accessing your vehicle is easy, whether you're embarking on a multi-day adventure or just exploring for a day or two. Plus, with flexible rental periods, you can rent a car for only as long as you need it, making it ideal for travelers with tight schedules or specific timeframes for exploration.

If you're ready to take charge of your Costa Rican adventure and explore the stunning landscapes and vibrant culture at your own pace, don't hesitate to reach out to our experienced agents. They are here to provide you with all the information you need about rates, costs, and availability during your travel dates. Renting a car in Costa Rica has never been easier, so contact us today to start planning your unforgettable journey.


Can I include a rental car in my vacation package?

Yes! Adventure Tours Costa Rica creates custom vacation packages tailored to your preferences. Our packages typically include a combination of private airport transfers and localized tour transport. For packages that feature multiple destinations, VIP in-country private transport is used. If you prefer to have a rental car during your vacation, we are more than happy to accommodate your request, while those traveling to Jaco or Los Suenos also have the option to rent a motorcycle. To begin planning your perfect Costa Rican vacation, contact us today!


Should tourists drive in Costa Rica?

Deciding whether you should drive in Costa Rica depends on several factors, including your comfort with unfamiliar driving environments, planned destinations, and transportation preferences. While rental cars offer flexibility to explore remote areas and scenic routes at leisure, several factors warrant careful consideration before making a decision.

Road conditions are a primary concern. Many roads, especially in rural parts, are narrow, winding, or poorly maintained. Unpredictable weather like heavy rain can worsen road conditions and reduce visibility. Traffic congestion, especially in urban centers like San Jose, adds another layer of complexity for those new to driving in Costa Rica. Navigating unfamiliar roads can be tricky, with GPS reliability varying and limited road signage, particularly in rural areas. While English is spoken in towns that see a significant amount of travelers yearly, communication barriers may arise in remote locations should you need to stop to ask for directions.


How old do you need to be to rent a car in Costa Rica?

To rent a car in Costa Rica, you must be at least 21 years old, possess a valid local or foreign driver’s license (digital licenses not accepted), have a credit card for the security deposit authorization, and provide a valid ID or passport as identification. In addition, some rental companies may require drivers to be 25 or older to rent certain types of vehicles, or to avoid additional fees applicable to young drivers.


Can you use a non-Costa Rican driver's license in Costa Rica?

Tourists visiting Costa Rica can use their valid foreign driver's licenses for up to three months, after which they're required to obtain a Costa Rican driver's license or an international driving permit to continue driving legally in the country.


Do I have to rent a car in Costa Rica?

Renting a car in Costa Rica is not required, but it provides convenience and flexibility, especially if you intend to explore remote regions or prefer independent travel. Alternatively, you can opt for private transportation or a mix of private and tour transportation during your visit. Public transportation, taxis, and motorcycle rentals in some areas are also viable options. Your choice depends on your travel preferences, itinerary, and budget.


Is there a seat belt law in Costa Rica?

Yes, there is a seat belt law in Costa Rica. It mandates the use of seat belts for all occupants of a vehicle, both in the front and back seats. Failure to comply with this law can result in fines for both the driver and passengers.


What are the fees for renting a car in Costa Rica?

When renting a car in Costa Rica, various factors contribute to the fees and deposits you'll encounter. These factors include the time of year, type of vehicle, rental duration, and chosen additional services. The primary charge is the rental fee, typically assessed on a per-day or per-rental basis. Mandatory insurance fees encompass expenses like Liability Insurance (SOA) and Mandatory Third Party Insurance. Optional Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) or Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) coverage may also be available, providing protection against rental vehicle damage. Additional fees may apply for extra drivers or underage drivers, typically under the age of 25. Rental pickups/drop offs from the airport, (SJO or LIR), may incur an airport surcharge. A refundable security deposit is standard practice to cover potential damages or fines. In Costa Rica, these deposits can range from $2000 to $5000, depending on factors such as rental duration and vehicle type. For more information and a personalized quote, please don't hesitate to contact us.


What insurances are mandatory in Costa Rica for rental cars?

In Costa Rica, rental car arrangements necessitate two obligatory insurances: Liability Insurance (Seguro Obligatorio de Automóviles, SOA) and Mandatory Third Party Insurance (Seguro Obligatorio de Seguros). SOA, mandated by law, shields against third-party bodily injury and property damage within specific limits. Similarly, Mandatory Third Party Insurance provides coverage for third-party bodily injury in accidents, also mandatory by law. Although not legally mandated, most rental agencies in Costa Rica typically require customers to obtain Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) or Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) insurance to safeguard against rental vehicle damage. Optional extras such as Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) and Theft Protection Insurance are frequently available.


Is it safe to rent a car in Costa Rica?

Yes, renting a car in Costa Rica can be safe if you take necessary precautions. While driving conditions can be challenging due to narrow roads, mountainous terrain, and unpredictable weather, we provide a fleet of well-maintained vehicles. It's essential to drive defensively, obey traffic laws, and be cautious of road hazards. Overall, with careful planning and adherence to safety measures, renting a car in Costa Rica can be a safe and enjoyable experience.


Do rental cars come with car seats for children?

Rental cars in Costa Rica typically don't come with car seats for children as standard equipment. However, depending on availablity, we may be able to offer car seat rentals as an optional add-on. Contact us to inquire about the availability of car seats and any associated costs when making your reservation. Alternatively, travelers with young children may opt to bring their own car seats for their children.


How much is a rental car in Costa Rica?

The cost of renting a car in Costa Rica can fluctuate based on factors such as the type of vehicle, duration of rental, and optional extras or required insurance. Rental rates tend to be higher during peak season compared to low (green) season, making the timing of your rental an important consideration. If you'd like a customized quote tailored to your preferences and rental duration, don't hesitate to contact us!


Can you drive a right-hand driving car in Costa Rica?

In Costa Rica, vehicles adhere to right-hand traffic (RHT) rules, meaning they drive on the right side of the road with steering wheels on the left. This is similar to driving practices in the United States and Canada. However, if you're from a left-hand traffic (LHT) country like the UK or Japan, you'll need to adjust to RHT rules if you plan on renting a car during your vacation in Costa Rica.