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Arenal Volcano Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano Costa Rica
Teatro Nacional
Teatro Nacional
Waterfall
Waterfall

About Costa Rica (CR)


The Central American country of Costa Rica (CR), along with its southern neighbor, Panama, is located on the land bridge that joins (or separates) the North and South American continents. With dual coastlines on both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica is known for glittering white sand beaches, as well as an abundance of national parks and wildlife reserves. Over the course of several decades, Costa Rica has established itself as one of the top nature travel destinations — now commonly called ecotourism. Despite a miniscule land mass footprint, roughly 5 percent of the planet’s biodiversity is found in Costa Rica. Fauna and flora enthusiasts flock to Costa Rica, and birdwatching is one of the most popular activities on the island. Although a beacon of environmental conservation and sustainability, Costa Rica is also popular with travelers on the adventure circuit, offering a number of wilderness treks among the most challenging in the world. If that wasn’t enough reason to visit Costa Rica, they’ve got active volcanoes, too.

  Getting around

Getting around Costa Rica will most likely involve a journey originating in the capital city of San Juan, which establishes something of a trend. There’s driving in the urban core of the capital, and then there’s driving everywhere else. For the most part, major roads lead to the vicinity of a top destination or attraction, but few routes offer a simple, direct course of travel — access to beach resorts on the west coast being the exception. For example, the highway leading to one of Costa Rica’s most unique destinations, Parque National Tortuguero (Tortoise National Park), ends 10 km from the American Mediterranean coast, and the park is only reachable by boat or helicopter. Generally speaking, major roads are in good condition, but all other routes are textbook Latin American, i.e. wildly variable but typically on the rugged side of the spectrum. The Pan American Highway is the primary thoroughfare across the country, running roughly in a north-south orientation.

  Choosing your car

Cheap car rentals in Costa Rica are provided by the most reliable names in car hire: National, Enterprise, Dollar, Hertz, Sixt, and Alamo. Choose from minicars, compact sedans and economy 3-door hatchbacks, intermediate and standard fullsize sedans, estate wagons, and 7-12 seaters. However, SUVs are the most popular car rentals in Costa Rica to hire.

  Tips and advice for renting a car in Costa Rica

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Driving at night in Costa Rica is highly inadvisable.

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Perhaps not surprisingly, Costa Rica is the “greenest” country in the Americas, and also the most expensive in all of Latin America.

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Experienced travelers with experience in dealing with Costa Rica car rentals advise all future renters to perform a thorough inspection of the vehicle prior to taking possession, and documenting all existing damage. There seems to be a pattern of unscrupulous rental agencies sticking customers with bills for damage they didn’t cause. You might not expect that from the big name vendors like Avis, but better safe than sorry.

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Third-party liability insurance is required to rent a car in Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica has an above-average rate of traffic accidents, most of which take place in San Jose and other bigger cities. Collisions aren’t unthinkable in other areas, but single vehicle accidents and damage from road conditions are much more common in rural areas.

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The majority of destinations and attractions are located within 0-300 km driving distance of San Jose Juan Santamaria International Airport, but drive times typically max out around 70 km/h in ideal conditions.

Are you driving a rental car in Costa Rica?

Urban Speed Limit

THE URBAN SPEED LIMIT IS

40 kph  | 24.9 mph
Rural Speed Limit

THE RURAL SPEED LIMIT IS

80 kph  | 49.7 mph
Motorway Speed Limit

THE MOTORWAY SPEED LIMIT IS

80 kph  | 49.7 mph
Fuel Price

THE FUEL PRICE IS

SEE PRICES
Currency

THE CURRENCY IS

CRC
Road Driving

THE ROAD DRIVING SIDE IS THE

Right
Driving Age

THE MINIMUM DRIVING AGE IS

18 years of age
25 years of age to RENT
Emergency Services

EMERGENCY SERVICE NUMBERS

911
Documentation requirements

DOCUMENT

License
IDP
Passport
Insurance
Registration

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car in Costa Rica

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1. What is the best time of year to book a rental car in Costa Rica?

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2. Is it possible for one way rentals in Costa Rica?

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3. Should I rent a round trip or one-way rental in Costa Rica?

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4. Which location should I rent my car from in Costa Rica?

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5. Do I pay more fees and taxes for renting a car at the airport in Costa Rica?

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6. What insurance do I require for driving a rental car in Costa Rica?

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7. What is the best way to save money on rental car insurance in Costa Rica?

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8. Should I prepay my rental car booking in Costa Rica?

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9. What are the largest numbers of vehicle seats available for a rental car in Costa Rica?

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10. What types of sports and special cars are available in Costa Rica?

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11. Can I take my rental car across borders in Costa Rica?

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12. How do I inform the rental company I will be crossing a border from the Costa Rica?