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Where to pick up your car
There are over 25 car hire locations in Costa Rica, and the most popular city is San Jose.
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in Costa Rica are Dollar, Europcar, Green Motion and Alamo.
Best time to hire a car
The cheapest months to pick up your car hire in Costa Rica are May and September.
Costa Rican Colon (CRC)
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Hire a car in Costa Rica
Costa Rica has cast itself as the leading Central American destination for a tropical escape.
As one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, it’s a prime oasis for eco-tourism. The country's wild landscape encompasses rainforests reaching up to the clouds, volcanoes that rumble below the surface and tranquil beaches.
Adrenaline junkies are sure to get their kicks here and for those look for soothing relaxation, there’s plenty of that going around here too. Renting a car and driving the roads through Costa Rica is an adventure that will undoubtedly take you to the country’s hidden corners.
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Tips for hiring a car in Costa Rica
Road quality:Expect potholes. Lots of them. And manholes without covers, tree branches blocking roads, and dirt roads. Landslides and rainy season add to the poor road quality as well. Keep these factors in mind when considering the type of car to rent.
Night time driving:There aren’t many street lights in Costa Rica, so you should avoid driving at night if you can.
Fines:If caught drinking and driving, speeding, using your mobile phone or not wearing seatbelts, you’ll likely have to pay a hefty fine. Do not try bribing police officers to get out of a ticket, a bribery fine can cost 400 USD.
Protecting your valuables:Rental cars tend to stand out in Costa Rica. Do not give thieves a reason to break into your car by leaving any possessions in plain sight. Hide your things in the boot or better yet, don’t leave anything in your vehicle.
Car hire stats
|Costa Rica car hire FAQ||Answer|
|Most popular place to hire a car in Costa Rica||San Jose|
|Most popular rental length||7 - 14 days|
|Most popular month to rent a car||December|
|Type of car||Average cost per day of car hire in Costa Rica*|
The ultimate Costa Rica road trip
Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO
The primary airport serving Costa Rica’s capital.
Car hire pick up point
Most companies are located outside of the airport, some offer a pick up service from Arrivals to take you to their offices.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Possibly the most well-known cloud forest in the world, the trails here will take you through a vibrant ecosystem.
Explore this perfectly cone-shaped volcano, which was considered Costa Rica’s most active until 2010.
Costa Rica’s most enchanting river, it runs a distinct electric turquoise, giving it a magic appearance.
This beach is a top hang out for surfers, known for its party and play atmosphere.