How to Find Rental Cars in Costa RicaA fantastic way to really see Costa Rica is by car. But before you even leave home, make sure that you familiarize yourself with the rules of the road, just in case there are differences between the laws in your country and those in Costa Rica. Then, keeping in mind how much you will be driving and where you will be going, start searching around on the Internet to try to find a Costa Rica rental car company that offers the type of vehicle you are interested in at a rate that you can afford.
Finding Rental Cars Near the San José Airport
More than likely, you will be landing at San José’s centrally located Juan Santamaría International Airport, in which case there are a number of rental agencies that can meet your demands and get you on your way. Most rental agencies are located near the airport or on Paseo Colon, which is located on the west side of town.
The major international agencies have offices and cars in and around the airport, so it won't be difficult to find a name that you recognize during your Costa Rica vacation. Agencies like Hertz, Avis, Budget, National and Europcar all rent vehicles out of San José, as do a number of smaller agencies.
Book Your Costa Rica Rental Car Through an Online Specialist
As with many aspects of the travel industry, the ability to find the right deal and the right car for your purposes is often best left to the experts. Not knowing the road conditions that await you during your Costa Rica travel, or really understanding the lengths between points of interest, you might be best served by having a travel agency or travel tour operator make car rental arrangements for you. These companies often have exclusive deals with rental car agencies and are therefore able to secure a better deal for you than you would be able to do for yourself.
One such tour operator is a company called Costa Rica Uncovered. This company has an exclusive deal with Economy Rent a Car, and will work directly with the rental agency to get you a good deal. Additionally, if you use Costa Rica Uncovered to book your car, Economy Rent a Car will throw in a mobile phone for use during your stay.
And don’t forget that while the highway system of Costa Rica is in good shape, when you start getting off the main roads, you will find that the quality of the roads diminishes significantly. This means that it will be in your best interest to rent a four-wheel drive vehicle for your stay. Many car rental companies offer a wide range of four-wheel drive vehicles to suit your needs.
So get in, sit down and buckle up… and have a great time driving your rental car around Costa Rica!