Car Rental Costa Rica – Requirements and Tips for Driving

Car Rental Costa Rica

If you’re reading this that means you’re the type of traveler that wants to have the freedom of detouring and stopping at incredible vista points without the hassles of overcrowded buses.

And, if you want to experience both a local method of travel with public transportation to some locations and then midway through your trip rent a car, all this is doable in Costa Rica. Almost all of the popular destinations like Arenal, San Jose, and beaches have car rental shops. Make sure that the car rental in Costa Rica you do decide to go with allows you to have a different drop off point.

Here are a few rules and insider tips:

Requirements for renting a car:

* Have a valid international driver’s license.
* You must be at least 21 years old.
* When you pay the rental fee with a credit card your CC company most likely ensures you if anything happens to you and your rental. Inquire to make sure.

Insider Information:

* The speed limit is from 60 to 90 km (35 to 55 mph). There are plenty of transit police all over the roads, so keep an eye out or you can end up paying $150 speeding ticket. Costa Rica is not like other Latin American countries, bribes don’t heal all wounds, but make new ones!

List of Car Rentals

* Avis
* Easy Car Costa Rica
* Budget
* Dollar Rent A Car
* Mapache Rent A Car
* SixT

And don’t forget car insurance – this is a good one: UK car insurance.

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Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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