car rental costa rica

car rental costa rica

Car Rental Costa Rica

TestimonialsFrançoise MarceauIt was a pleasure to travel in Costa-Rica with your car. We didn’t have any problem and everything was OK. Tkanks a lotIrina IoninaThanks for a wonderful on time service! It was easy ; the car was nice, the price was affordable with no hidden fees! I’ll be using your service again!Cathy SharkeyThe car was great and everyone at Mapache made renting a car in another country very easy. I will be sure to recommend your company to any friends who plan to travel to Costa RicaNicolas Bello Gracias por sus servicios, todo el personal es muy amable y dispuestos a ayudar al clienteMassimo Bettoni As usual all went well with Mapache for this car rental in Costa Rica from 01/04 to 05/04, including pick up at airport arrival and kind return of the car at Hampton Inn, many thanks!! Car was nice and in order, no problem at all during our journey. For sure I will be back to Mapache next time in Costa Rica. Pura vida.
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Car Rental Costa Rica

Renting a car in Costa Rica has the potential to create a very unique trip for travelers. You can seek out little-known places, stop when you want, and craft your own adventure from scratch. However, driving in Costa Rica is serious. Road conditions can be difficult and driving times can be long. Before getting behind the wheel, think about what it requires and how you want your trip to unfold. Your experience in Costa Rica will be fantastic no matter what direction you steer your adventure.
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Car Rental Costa Rica

As usual all went well with Mapache for this car rental in Costa Rica from 01/04 to 05/04, including pick up at airport arrival and kind return of the car at Hampton Inn, many thanks!! Car was nice and in order, no problem at all during our journey. For sure I will be back to Mapache next time in Costa Rica. Pura vida.
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Car Rental Costa Rica

Alamo Rent a Car in Costa Rica is the best car rental company option for your trip. We are glad to offer you the best cars to rent during your vacation in Costa Rica. Our fleet includes compact cars, mid-size cars, SUV’s , four wheel drive cars and microbuses.
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Car Rental Costa Rica

Renting a Car and Driving in Costa RicaCosta RicaOnly slightly smaller than the U.S. state of West Virginia, Costa Rica is blessed with mountains and meadows, beaches and islands, rainforests and cloud forests. There is a lot to explore, and one of the best ways to do it is with a rental car. Renting a car gives you the freedom to stop where you want, when you want. You can take side trips along rural roads or stop to enjoy fresh fruit at a local farmers market. With a rental car, your trip is literally in the palm of your hands—and you can steer yourself in whatever direction (and to whichever adventure) that you choose.
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Car Rental Costa Rica

This guide is intended to provide travelers with helpful, up-to-date information on what it’s like to rent and drive a car in Costa Rica. There is a wealth of information out there and we’ve boiled down the most important and relevant points. We’ll go over the rental process and advise you about what to rent, and cover the upsides and downsides of driving in Costa Rica.
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Car Rental Costa Rica

Before you leave for Costa Rica, read up on your own car insurance policy. First of all, find out whether you are covered abroad. If you are, see if your policy extends to all persons driving the car and how much liability is covered if a third party is injured. Also find out whether the type of car you’ll rent in Costa Rica is covered in your contract.
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Car Rental Costa Rica

Although Costa Rica is relatively small, the driving time between destinations can be long. Again, this is largely a result of the country’s poor road system. With this in mind, it’s advisable to plan on trips taking longer than you may have expected. As a general rule, expect to travel at a rate of 50 km/h (31 mph). For example, if you have to drive 250 kilometers (155 mi.), you should plan on it taking around five hours. And remember, Costa Rica uses kilometers, not miles. One kilometer equals 0.62 mile.
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The last thing anyone wants to deal with while on vacation is a traffic ticket (or worse, jail). Costa Rica’s driving laws are sensible and straightforward. If you exercise caution and drive smartly, you will be fine. The following points will help you understand Costa Rica’s most relevant driving laws.
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As you can see, Costa Rica’s driving laws are similar to most other countries. The key things to remember include wearing a seatbelt, having your driver’s license handy, not speeding, not talking on the phone, not driving under the influence, and always using a child’s seat for children under the age of 12. By familiarizing yourself with these laws and being a cautious, defensive driver, you should not have any legal problems while driving in Costa Rica.
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Costa Rican driving conditions can throw you for a loop if you’re not ready. Learning about the road conditions will give you a good idea of what to expect. Costa Rican driving conditions vary from place to place. Around urban areas like San José, there are large, multi-lane freeways with smooth roads. The farther you get from a developed area, however, the poorer the road conditions are likely to be. Due to Costa Rica’s mountainous terrain, many roads are two-lane and windy. They curve up, down, and around mountains. Along roads like these, is not uncommon for large trucks to go very slow and have traffic pile up behind them. For this reason, going a seemingly short distance can take much longer than expected.
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Only slightly smaller than the U.S. state of West Virginia, Costa Rica is blessed with mountains and meadows, beaches and islands, rainforests and cloud forests. There is a lot to explore, and one of the best ways to do it is with a rental car. Renting a car gives you the freedom to stop where you want, when you want. You can take side trips along rural roads or stop to enjoy fresh fruit at a local farmers market. With a rental car, your trip is literally in the palm of your hands—and you can steer yourself in whatever direction (and to whichever adventure) that you choose.
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We recommended using the GPS device that the car rental company provides rather than downloading something from the Internet—by doing so, you’ll be privy to new routes or recent changes in roads. Another thing to keep in mind: several places in Costa Rica share the same name, which can get confusing. For this reason, if you already know where you’ll be going (destinations or hotels) when you pick up your car, have the rental agency save the locations into the GPS. This will save you the headache of arriving at the wrong place.
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Booking your rental car through Anywhere Costa Rica is simple and painless. Just enter your pick up/drop off dates and times, pick up/drop off locations, and vehicle type, and voilà, you have a list of cars to choose from. You can compare brands and models, as well as rental agencies and costs. It’s quick, easy and efficient.
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Costa Rica is a friendly country, but there are still thefts. For this reason, always lock your car when it’s parked and avoid leaving valuables inside. If a camera, purse or wallet is sitting on the seat, you’re encouraging thieves to break in and steal your stuff. In large cities like San José, Alajuela, Limón and Puntarenas this is especially true. When parking in these cities, try to leave your car in a secure lot with an attendant. Rural areas can, however, experience break-ins as well—lock your car and leave expensive or important items at your hotel. As with most things, if you exercise common sense and caution, you should be fine.
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There are several conditions that may result in a fine from the rental company. These include returning the car with less fuel than it was initially rented with, returning the car late, or returning the car to a location other than initially agreed upon. Regarding the second point, rental times are defined very rigidly – one day of rental literally means 24 hours. For example, if you rent a car for one day and you pick it up at 8 AM, it must be returned by 8 AM the following day. Failure to do so will result in a fine. If you are fined, you can either pay the amount directly or have it subtracted from your deposit.
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Gas stations – called bombas or gasolineras – are available throughout Costa Rica. Gasoline is sold as “regular” and “super,” both of which are unleaded. Super has higher octane than regular, and diesel is usually sold as well. Most rented cars take super, but ask someone at the rental office to make sure. Gas stations are full-service; attendants fill up your tank for you. Gas is more expensive than in the U.S. – a gallon (3.8 liters) usually goes for around $6 USD.

Published on Apr 1, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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