Driving across Costa Rica by car is one of the best ways to explore this naturally beautiful country. Probably the most convenient way to see much of Costa Rica’s rich coast, traveling by car also lets one better familiarize themselves, with this country’s wonderful laidback culture. One of the most bio-diverse places on the planet, Costa Rica plays host to stunning beaches, awesome surf breaks, lush forests and a plethora of exotic and rare plant and wildlife.
Get Off the Beaten PathRenting a car to tour Costa Rica is a great option, as it is gives you a flexible time schedule for traveling, plus one does not have to worry about things like pick pocketing or luggage theft. And though Costa Rica has an excellent public transportation system with plenty of tourist bus companies, renting a car is ideal for those who wish to travel off the beaten path. With a rental car, you can not only visit the larger more touristy cities of say Puntarenas, but you can also tour the less traversed paths of Southern Costa Rica.
Find Deserted BeachesOne distinct advantage of using a rental car is that you can visit many of the secluded beaches along the coast. Touring these beaches are great, as they offer you a more tranquil and secluded environment to relax or surf in. This way you can avoid the crowds, and spend more quality time taking in the beautiful surrounding environs.
Renting a car is also a fantastic option if you are in Costa Rica on a surfing adventure. This is because you can get around easily without the pain of having to lug your surfboard on and off buses and planes.
With a car you also can be more adventurous and visit the many remote surf breaks along Costa Rica’s shoreline.
A slightly more expensive travel option, renting a car in Costa Rica means a hassle free vacation. This is because you do not have to bother about finding the next bus stop or when the next bus will leave the station. However, do keep in mind that most car rental companies in Costa Rica require that you keep a minimum $1000 deposit before you can rent a car.
Getting LostAnd while you can get lost driving in Costa Rica, as the roads are not well marked, our website has over 40 different maps of the various regions that you can print out so as to avoid any problems. One thing that you also need to keep in mind is not to repair your rental car if it breaks down, as you will not be compensated for it. If your car does break down, call the rental company immediately. Also be sure to ask for a written confirmation when renting a car so that you are aware of any and all charges that can appear on your rental bill.
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