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Costa Rica Rental Car

Learn about rental car requirements in Costa Rica, what happens if you return the rental car late, locations where car rental drop off charges apply, rental car insurance details, GPS rental car, as well as prices and descriptions of compact cars, minivans and Costa Rica 4×4 rental vehicles.

No vehicle restriction for Rental Cars in Costa Rica

As a measure to reduce traffic congestion and save fuel, driving in Costa Rica Monday thru Friday (6:00am to 7:00pm) is restricted based on vehicle license plate numbers. Vehicles with license numbers ending in 1 or 2 are banned from driving on Mondays, license plate numbers ending in 3 or 4 are banned from driving on Tuesdays and other license plate numbers are banned from driving during other weekdays. This measure only applies to San Jose downtown and surroundings, including the main traffic circles.

Rental Cars used to be subject to Costa Rica vehicle restriction, however after negotiations between the Costa Rican Car Rental Association and the government, rental cars are now exempted from the vehicle restriction.

Rental Car Requirements in Costa Rica

  • Valid Passport.
  • Valid driver license.
  • Minimum age to rent a car is 23 years old.
  • A Visa, Master Car or Amex Credit Car is required to cover the insurance and mandatory deposit (excess or deductible). No cash or debit cards are accepted. Depending on the car rental company the Mandatory deposit is around $1000 to $1500 or only $100.00 to $300 if you pay for the additional insurance known as Supplemental Damage Waiver (SDW).

Rental Car Terms Amd Comditions

  • Cars can’t be driven outside Costa Rica.
  • The additional driver has a cost of US$3 daily.
  • No extra charge for car pick up at the airport (Flight info required).  Depending on availability the car would be delivered at the airport or a shuttle would take you to the car rental office.
  • The vehicle should be returned with the fuel tank full or an extra charge for the fuel would apply.

Return Rental Car Late

  • No Penalty for reservations canceled more than 72 hours before the scheduled pick up time of the rental car.
  • One day rental will apply for reservations canceled less than 72 hours before the scheduled pick up time of the rental car.
  • No Refunds will apply for unused days, if the rental car is returned before the stated period of rental.

Car Rental Drop Off Charges

No car rental drop off fee will apply for cars delivered at hotels in San José Metropolitan Area, San Jose Airport and Liberia Airport.  There are also some other destinations where car rental drop off charges may not applied.  Check our list of Car Rental Drop off Charges.

Car rental drop off different country

Rental Cars can only be driven in Costa Rica for this reason the car rental Drop off in a different country than Costa Rica is not possible.

Car Rental Drop off different location

the car rental drop off at a different location is possible, however depending on the drop off location a fee may apply. Please check our list of Car Rental Drop off Charges to verify whether a fee applies.

Car Rental Costa Rica Insurance

The cost of the car rental Costa Rica insurance varies from US$13 to US$25 daily, for the basic insurance depending on the rental car.   Basic rental car insurance is mandatory, if you want to extend your coverage you can also add a Supplemental damage waiver (SDW) and/or a Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI).  Read more about Renting a Car in Costa Rica: Insurance.

Additional Insurances

SDW (Supplemental damage waiver): US$10 Daily
SLI (Supplemental liability insurance): US$7    Daily
SDW + SLI:  $15.00 Daily (Save $2.00 Daily)

Important: car rental insurance may vary from one Rental Car company to another (app. $2 or $3 more per day)

Car Rental Costa Rica 4×4

If you are looking for “Car Rental Costa Rica 4×4” is because you are planning to get out of the beaten path and because you know that when driving to secluded locations a 4WD is the best option. Above and beyond, most Costa Rica Roads outside the Metropolitan area are dirt roads, and during the rainy season, also known as green season; you may even have to cross a few rivers such in the beautiful and remote area of Nosara. Our Costa Rica 4×4 rental vehicles are the following:

SUZUKI JIMNY OR SIMILAR
Fuel: Gasoline Passengers: 2 Luggage: 3 Doors: 2 Transmission: Manual Engine: 1,3 L
Suzuki Jimny or Similar Daily Rate Weekly Rate Basic Insurance (Daily)
Apr.16th, 2011-Dec.15th, 2011 $31.00 $188.00 $15.00
Dec.16th, 2011 – Apr.15th, 2012 $38.00 $231.00 $16.00
Apr.16th, 2012 – Dec.15th, 2012 $32.00 $192.00 $16.00
DAIHATSU BEGO OR SIMILAR
Fuel: Gasoline    Passengers: 5    Luggage: 4   Doors: 4   Transmission: Manual   Engine: 1.5 L
Daihatsu Bego or Similar Daily Rate Weekly Rate Basic Insurance (Daily)
Apr.16th, 2011-Dec.15th, 2011 $38.00 $228.00 $18.00
Dec.16th, 2011 – Apr.15th, 2012 $45.00 $273.00 $19.00
Apr.16th, 2012 – Dec.15th, 2012 $38.00 $228.00 $19.00
HYUNDAI TUCSON MANUAL TRANSMISSION OR SIMILAR
Fuel: Gasoline    Passengers: 5    Luggage: 4   Doors: 4   Transmission: Manual or Automatic   Engine: 2,0 L
Hyundai Tucson or Similar Daily Rate Weekly Rate Basic Insurance (Daily)
Apr.16th, 2011-Dec.15th, 2011 $43.00 $258.00 $18.00
Dec.16th, 2011 – Apr.15th, 2012 $51.00 $304.00 $19.00
Apr.16th, 2012 – Dec.15th, 2012 $43.00 $258.00 $19.00
TOYOTA RAV4, HYUNDAI SANTA FE OR SIMILAR
Fuel: Gasoline   Passengers: 5    Luggage: 5   Doors: 4   Transmission: Automatic  Engine: 2,4 L
Toyota Rav4, Hyundai Santa Fe or Similar Daily Rate Weekly Rate Basic Insurance (Daily)
Apr.16th, 2011-Dec.15th, 2011 $59.00 $354.00 $20.00
Dec.16th, 2011 – Apr.15th, 2012 $74.00 $444.00 $21.00
Apr.16th, 2012 – Dec.15th, 2012 $61.00 $366.00 $21.00
MITSUBISHI MONTERO OR SIMILAR
Fuel: Diesel    Passengers: 7    Luggage: 5   Doors: 4   Transmission: Automatic   Engine: 2,8 L
Mitsubishi Montero or Similar Daily Rate Weekly Rate Basic Insurance (Daily)
Apr.16th, 2011-Dec.15th, 2011 $95.00 $572.00 $25.00
Dec.16th, 2011 – Apr.15th, 2012 $112.00 $672.00 $25.00
Apr.16th, 2012 – Dec.15th, 2012 $101.00 $606.00 $25.00
TOYOTA PRADO FULL EXTRAS OR SIMILAR
Fuel: Diesel    Passengers: 7    Luggage: 6   Doors: 4   Transmission: Automatic   Engine: 3,0 L
Toyota prado full extras or similar Daily Rate Weekly Rate Basic Insurance (Daily)
Apr.16th, 2011-Dec.15th, 2011 $127.00 $762.00 $25.00
Dec.16th, 2011 – Apr.15th, 2012 $146.00 $876.00 $25.00
Apr.16th, 2012 – Dec.15th, 2012 $127.00 $762.00 $25.00
MITSUBISHI L200- PICK UP DOUBLE CABIN OR SIMILAR
Fuel: Diesel    Passengers: 5    Doors: 4   Transmission: Manual   Engine: 2.5 L
Mitsubishi l200- pick up double cabin or similar Daily Rate Weekly Rate Basic Insurance (Daily)
Apr.16th, 2011-Dec.15th, 2011 $70.00 $424.00 $20.00
Dec.16th, 2011 – Apr.15th, 2012 $82.00 $492.00 $21.00
Apr.16th, 2012 – Dec.15th, 2012 $69.00 $424.00 $21.00

Compact Cars and Minivan

HYUNDAI GETZ OR SIMILAR
Fuel: Gasoline    Passengers: 4    Luggage: 2   Doors: 3   Transmission: Manual   Engine: 1,5 L
Hyundai Getz or Similar Daily Rate Weekly Rate Basic Insurance (Daily)
Apr.16th, 2011-Dec.15th, 2011 $24.00 $146.00 $13.00
Dec.16th, 2011 – Apr.15th, 2012 $30.00 $180.00 $14.00
Apr.16th, 2012 – Dec.15th, 2012 $27.00 $162.00 $14.00
HYUNDAI ACCENT OR SIMILAR
Fuel: Gasoline    Passengers: 5    Luggage: 3   Doors: 4   Transmission: Manual   Engine: 1,5 L
Hyundai Accent or Similar Daily Rate Weekly Rate Basic Insurance (Daily)
Apr.16th, 2011-Dec.15th, 2011 $26.00 $160.00 $13.00
Dec.16th, 2011 – Apr.15th, 2012 $33.00 $198.00 $14.00
Apr.16th, 2012 – Dec.15th, 2012 $28.00 $168.00 $14.00
TOYOTA YARIS MANUAL TRANSMISSION OR SIMILAR
Fuel: Gasoline    Passengers: 5    Luggage: 3   Doors: 4   Transmission: Manual   Engine: 1,5 L
Toyota Yaris Manual Transmissionor Similar Daily Rate Weekly Rate Basic Insurance (Daily)
Apr.16th, 2011-Dec.15th, 2011 $39.00 $239.00 $13.00
Dec.16th, 2011 – Apr.15th, 2012 $49.00 $294.00 $14.00
Apr.16th, 2012 – Dec.15th, 2012 $41.00 $246.00 $14.00
TOYOTA YARIS AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION OR SIMILAR
Fuel: Gasoline    Passengers: 5    Luggage: 3   Doors: 4   Transmission: Automatic  Engine: 1,5 L
Toyota Yaris Automatic Transmission or Similar Daily Rate Weekly Rate Basic Insurance (Daily)
Apr.16th, 2011-Dec.15th, 2011 $39.00 $239.00 $13.00
Dec.16th, 2011 – Apr.15th, 2012 $49.00 $294.00 $14.00
Apr.16th, 2012 – Dec.15th, 2012 $41.00 $246.00 $14.00
HYUNDAI STAREX H1 OR SIMILAR
Fuel: Diesel    Passengers: 9    Luggage: 6   Doors: 4   Transmission: Manual    Engine: 2,5 L
Hyundai Starex H1 or Similar Daily Rate Weekly Rate Basic Insurance (Daily)
Apr.16th, 2011-Dec.15th, 2011 $67.00 $400.00 $20.00
Dec.16th, 2011 – Apr.15th, 2012 $75.00 $450.00 $21.00
Apr.16th, 2012 – Dec.15th, 2012 $66.00 $396.00 $21.00

 

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