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Renting a Car in Costa Rica

If a trip to the sunny shores of Costa Rica is on your horizon, you might want to consider getting off the beaten bath and exploring the small island nation by car during your stay. Although many countries in Central America have a spotty safety record for tourists, travel to and around Costa Rica is considered to be pretty safe as long as you stay smart. Renting a car here is a pretty similar experience to renting one stateside. Here are a few tips to ensure you’re car rental experience is a smooth one.


You’ll find many familiar car rental companies in Costa Rica and most of those will offer convenient access to visitors directly from the airport. The type of vehicle you choose to rent will depend on how many travelers and baggage you will have on hand. You can research cargo and passenger specifications of any car make and model at Cars.com. You might also want to consider where in the country you’ll be traveling. Many areas that are popular with visitors have paved roads and are easily accessible by any vehicle type. Some more remote regions and destinations might lack paved roads and might require four-wheel drive transmission to get from point A to B.


Car rental costs in the Central American country are often cheaper than many other destinations and do fluctuate depending on the time of year you’re traveling. High season will deliver the highest rental rates and this occurs between Christmas and Easter. For cheaper car rental costs, consider timing your Costa Rican vacation during early summer and fall.


Don’t forget that car rental companies both home and abroad have similar rules and regulations. For many, the minimum age to rent and drive their cars is between 23 and 25. Most companies also place a deposit hold on a credit card to cover any damage that might be incurred during your trip. Also be sure that you’re insured for using the vehicle. Many credit card companies offer this kind of coverage, and car rental companies offer their own version too. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to car rental insurance, even if it costs a bit more than you anticipated for full coverage.