Renting a car is probably one of the best ways for any traveler to see all of the sights that a country has to offer. Costa Rica is no different; renting a car to use to travel the country is a great approach to absorbing the local culture and seeing the real, daily life of Costa Rica locals. Renting a car in Costa Rica also gives you the chance to see some of the places that are more secluded and not traveled to by the public transportation system. These peaceful escapes will be free of the tourist crowds that you’ll find at the more popular, and easy to get to, destinations. Renting a car gives you all the freedom you need to have an independent vacation that allows you to go around on your own and at your own pace.
Renting a Car from San Jose
While the city of San Jose
is not a place that tourists should try to drive around themselves – there is a lot of traffic and things get pretty congested; as a tourist you don’t want to spend your time in traffic jams wasting precious time – it is a great place to find a rental car company.
As one of the country’s most-used travel hubs, the capital is used by many tourists as a base camp when exploring Costa Rica because of its central location. With both the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts no more than a three hour drive away, San Jose is an ideal location from where to begin your journey into this gorgeous biodiverse country. Because of its popularity, there are plenty of car rental companies to choose from, and competitive pricing and packages.
Where to Rent Your Costa Rica Car
Finding a rental car company definitely won’t be a problem, but choosing one might be. While having many options for your car rental company has many perks, it can also make the process overwhelming for a visitor. There are several domestic car rental agencies, but as a visitor to the country, you might feel more comfortable renting from an international care rental place that you are familiar with. In San Jose, you can find several of these international names, including Hertz, Avis, Europcar and Budget Rent A Car.
Most of the car rental agencies have a rental office in or near the Juan Santamaria International Airport
to cater to travelers who are just arriving into San Jose. This is one of the easiest ways to pick up your rental car – make your reservations ahead of time and your car will be ready when you arrive! If you plan to spend a few days in San Jose, you will probably want to use public transportation for a while, before getting a rental car. In these cases, you can find many car rental agency offices in the downtown area and near the Paseo Colon on the west end of town. Many hotels will also arrange your rental car bookings for you and a number of agencies will even deliver your vehicle directly to your hotel.
Map of San Jose
San Jose Rental Car Company Tips
While there are many car rental companies in this busy and popular area, it is a good idea to book and reserve your car in advance during peak travel season (December to April)
. Family cars, sedans, station wagons, SUVs and four wheel (4x4) drives are all available for rent in San Jose. Do make sure you inspect the vehicle thoroughly before it is handed to you so as to avoid any insurance hassles. Most cars are rented out for between $35 and $85 per day, with four wheel drives being the most expensive rental cars.