How to rent a car in Costa Rica

So why (Is Egypt not) renting?

Some of the advantages of getting your own wheels are usually obvious: you can determine the actual course of your day, week or entire holiday, not just taxi time or bus timetables. Having a car will help you discover areas that are less visited by many travelers, and can provide you with the independence to switch your plans just in case something pops up. Who else does not like to control radio stations on the journey?

Nevertheless, traveling in Costa Rica is not easy. The road may be long, curved, and in poor condition. Traffic on metropolitan areas and even mountain roads is usually poor and there are usually no signs. It's easy to get lost (especially when you don't have GPS navigation or a high-quality roadmap) and it's hard to get back to the right track when you're uncomfortable with local Spanish-speaking instructions. There are also many points, such as traffic regulations, fuel costs, and travel time.

For first-time visits to Costa Rica, renting a vehicle is usually not a real recommendation – the hassle and the possibility of stress and chaos are usually not worth the time and effort. Still, travelers who like to take risks and have been to the country before may consider renting a car. If you are still on board, please read on.

Rental Content

The type of vehicle you choose depends on what you plan to do while on vacation. If you are traveling in the mountains, along country roads, or even on some coastal areas, you will need some kind of four-wheel drive car. If you are heading to any of the following areas, consider renting a four-wheel drive vehicle: Nicoya Peninsula, Monteverde, Rincónde La Vieja, La Paz Waterfall, Bajos del Toro, South Pacific, Osa Peninsula, and several places on the Caribbean coastline. Many of these roads have potholes and stream intersections and require vehicles with large gaps – so it is almost impossible to drive these types of roads without SUVs.

One can find compact and full-size SUV options. Compact SUVs tend to be smaller, have lower clearances, and get better gasoline mileage. They can accommodate 4 to 5 people and can choose between two and four doors. Full-size SUVs tend to be larger and more powerful. They have better ground clearance, more powerful motors and more interior space. As a result, they may be more capable on poor roads or when traveling in large groups. Most full-size SUVs have 4 doors that can accommodate 4 to 7 people; they also include trucks. On the other hand, due to its higher center of gravity, full-size SUVs have a greater chance of tipping – be especially careful when driving around the corners.

If you are considering maintaining a relatively good travel route, compact or full-size vehicles will be fine. Coastal areas in the central and northern Pacific regions are suitable for more compact cars, as are many areas between the coastal coast and the northern lowlands. The roads around the Arenal Volcano are also suitable for this type of vehicle. These types of vehicles have two-wheel drive and they are not very suitable for rough roads.

The compact car will be the smallest and most affordable option. Although some are also cars, they are often likely to be in the trunk. Full-size cars tend to be larger than computers. These are usually passenger cars and larger motors. As a result, their fuel consumption is even worse. Full-size cars tend to be more spacious and more suitable for groups that carry large amounts of luggage.

Another option is the van. The truck is the largest and most spacious vehicle, ideal for large groups. The purchased truck is used in the same area as a small or even full-size car. Most are two-wheel drive and also have very poor all-terrain capabilities. They can usually accommodate 12 people or 3 or 4 doors. Trucks tend to get lower gasoline mileage, just like full-size SUVs, and because of their size, they tend to tip over.

All rented vehicles include basic functions such as air conditioning, power steering, power windows/locks, dual airbags, and COMPACT DISC player/radio. Manual and automatic options are available for each category. Rental cars also typically include safety kits for accidents and flat tires. This includes jumper cables, ropes, abortion kits, road triangles and fire extinguishers.

One preferred – and highly recommended – Gadgets can be added to your vehicle rental GPS navigation. Highways in Costa Rica tend to be curved, complex, and often have no real street signs. So when you don't have the latest map or GPS device, it's easy to get lost. GPS devices will save you time and problems. They can be included in your car for around $10 a day, usually for a deposit of about $450.

We recommend using the GPS device provided by the car rental business instead of downloading things over the Internet – by doing so, you will learn about the new routes and the latest changes in the road. One more thing to keep in mind: some places in Costa Rica are identical in name and often become complicated. Therefore, if you already know where you are going (destination or hotel) when you get the vehicle, ask the rental agent to save the location to the GPS device. This may save the head of the wrong destination.

A good way to add GPS NAVIGATION is to use the (Waze) application. Travelers with smartphones and global data plans can easily download this community-based traffic and navigation app to get the latest information on roads, routes, accidents, traffic jams, buildings and more. However, (Waze) requires an Internet connection to initially plan routes and obstacles. That's why many of us recommend using Waze to draw a roadmap while still at the hotel or even before you start driving – once you no longer have the internet, your route will be stored. However, some places in Costa Rica lack Internet access, so it is recommended to use (Waze) as a supplementary navigation system for car GPS devices.

Visitors can also purchase and rent road maps through most car rental companies.

Local Leasing Policy

Before renting a vehicle, the wise decision is to read the actual rental policy. This way you will not be hit by unforeseen fines, or what the actual deposit procedure will be, and there will be no unrealistic thoughts. The section section contains information on insurance coverage, deposits, fines and rental periods.

Travelers to Costa Rica need to obtain their national driver's license to rent a vehicle. Tourists are usually allowed to rent a vehicle for up to 90 days. After 90 days, you will need a Costa Rican driver's license.

In addition, there is a supplemental full coverage insurance policy option that can be purchased with the required coverage. These are more expensive, but deal with the main situation, have more protection, and may even be zero deductible. Some of them also include 24-hour roadside assistance. The amount you pay again depends on the type of car you are renting.

Please check your personal auto insurance policy before heading to Costa Rica. First, find out if you are protected in another country. If you are, please check to see if your coverage applies to all persons driving the vehicle and the actual liability for damages in the event of a third party injury. Also, find out if the vehicles you rent in Costa Rica are actually covered in your agreement.

You will be required to deposit separately each time you rent a vehicle. Typically, this ranges from $700 to $1,500, depending on the insurance coverage chosen by the customer. The rental agency keeps this amount on your credit card and releases it when you return your vehicle and GPS equipment to good working order. However, the actual deposit is not immediately released, but it takes nearly 3-4 weeks to deposit on your credit card.

In the event of a car accident, your deposit will be retained in your case when you go to court. Once the judge makes the final judgment, your deposit can be refunded or used to pay for the actual vehicle loss.

There are various circumstances that may result in a fine for the rental agency. These include returning the vehicle with less fuel than originally rented, delaying the return of the vehicle, or returning the vehicle to a location other than the originally agreed location. Regarding the second point, the rental time is very strict – one day's rent actually means 24 hours. For example, if you rent a vehicle for only one day and you arrive at 8 am, you must return it by 8 am the next day. Failure to do so will result in a fine.

Driving conditions

Driving in Costa Rica is not like driving in North America or even Europe. In a day's time, you can travel along winding mountain roads, rural gravel routes, and even picturesque coastal trails. The country's unique location – the top, the volcano, the valley, the plains and the coastline – can form a demanding road system. Before you travel, consider where you are going and what journey you will be experiencing.

If you are not really ready, Costa Rica's driving conditions can easily toss you. Knowing the road conditions gives you a clear idea of ​​what to do. The driving conditions in Costa Rica vary from place to place. Around the city of San Jose, you'll find large multi-lane highways with flat highways. However, the farther from the developed areas, the worse the street conditions are. Due to the mountainous landscape of Costa Rica, several roads are often two lanes and strong winds. They will bend up and down the mountain. Along these roads, large 18-wheelers are very slow and it is not uncommon for traffic to accumulate behind them. This is why walking a relatively short distance may take longer than expected.

Some roads lack a guardrail and there are steep water droplets along the other side. Others were pitted or recently completely destroyed by landslides. There is no doubt that the rainy season has caused serious damage to the roads in Costa Rica – landslides, floods and erosion are not uncommon. In many rural areas, gravel or dirt roads are the norm. These can be very difficult and may need to flow through the border. Therefore, it may be necessary to install four-wheel drive vehicles in several areas of the country.

Two-lane roads are often narrowed down to a single lane through the bridge – in this case, the driver must pass the driver to the driver (ceda). Reflective paint that separates lanes or lining actual roads may fade or not present, making driving dangerous, especially at night. The signs of Costa Rica are often equally hit or missed. Along the well-traveled tourist itinerary (for example, in Manuel Antonio), the logo is very good, easy to understand and informative. On the other hand, in many parts of the country, signs are usually lost or completely missing. It's easy to get lost, especially without GPS.

Suggestions and safeguards

If you read the previous section, you will know how hard it is to drive in Costa Rica. The following sections can guide you through the most useful ways to prevent accidents, fines and deterioration.

The best way to prevent these three things is to use GPS DEVICE. These devices can be rented at a relatively small cost (about $10 per day) when you pick up the car. Typically, the GPS device will be connected to the dashboard of the vehicle and will be easily visible when driving. They are hands-free and can tell you when to turn and what to expect. They can help you plan your route, calculate distances and arrival times, and find the nearest gas station. There is no doubt that GPS navigation in Costa Rica's road system is necessary.

As a complement to GPS, travelers with mobile and international data plans can easily download applications such as (Waze) that help chart streets, routes, accidents, buildings, and more. No matter where you go, this is a great way to get a second opinion. However, it does require internet access – start and enter the destination before taking the risk of leaving the hotel. Many of us also recommend that travelers use a physical roadmap in their vehicles at the same time. These may be leased or purchased from most car rental companies.

If you get lost, it may be useful to know at least a few Spanish words. You may drive through rural areas where people don't know English well, so it can be important to be able to ask for a highway or hotel. Purchase a basic Spanish phrasebook and take it with you. Practice your pronunciation in the car for fun. You will be very happy with what you did in case you lost your death in an unknown place.

Costa Rica is a place where it is difficult to drive during the day. This is more difficult at night. Road signs (which are substandard in some places) are hard to see in the dark and are common on the roads or hotels you frequently search for. Roads may also have evidence reflectors arranged between lanes or on both sides of the road, and there is usually little room to pass. People sometimes get closer to the edge, which means you need to be more cautious when driving at night.

Concerned about the availability of emergency services is also very good. Outside of San Jose, there may be very few vehicles and medical emergency services. The closer you are to a fairly large town, the greater the chance of getting traction, mechanical or medical help. Usually, on the US international highway, this is not a problem. Major towns and tourist destinations – such as Liberia, Puntarenas, Golfito, Quepos and Parma – have clinics or hospitals. Having said that, in more remote locations, it may be difficult to drag your vehicle to a fixed or ambulance to the hospital.

If you have a car accident, call the National Insurance Association (INS) 800 / 800-8000 and the Transit Police Department 2222-9330 or 2222-9245. You can also contact 911 and go to any agent you need. If there is a police nearby, they will appear and prepare a report that will help with your insurance claim. Officials sometimes do not help tourists who they think are rich and reckless. Speaking Spanish will help because it will be kind and patient.

If your car fails, please follow the road as much as possible. Your suitcase should have a reflective triangle that can be placed behind the car to remind you of the traffic. Contact emergency services and wait until they get there. Some types of rental insurance include rest and roadside assistance; a few do not. Be sure to check your policy before leaving the rental office.

Although Costa Rica is relatively small, driving time between destinations may be long. Again, this is mainly a direct result of the poor national road system. With this in mind, it is recommended to plan a trip longer than you might expect. In general, it is expected to travel at 50 km/h (31 mph). For example, if you need to drive 250 kilometers (155 miles), you need to plan for about 5 hours. Remember that Costa Rica uses kilometers instead of miles. One kilometer is equivalent to 0.62 miles

Costa Rica is really a friendly country, but you may still find theft. Therefore, protect your vehicle at all times when parking your vehicle and avoid discarding valuables inside the vehicle. If you have a camera, handbag or wallet in your seat, then you are encouraging thieves to break in and accept your blessings. This is especially true in metropolitan areas such as San Jose, Alajuela, Limon and Puntarenas. When parking in these metropolitan areas, try to place the vehicle in a safe location with the waiter. However, rural areas may experience intrusions because you can lock the vehicle and leave expensive or important items at the hotel. As with most things, if you use reasonable judgment and caution, then you can buy it.

Gas station – known as bomb or petrol – can be found through Costa Rica. Gasoline is sold in "conventional" and "super" forms, both of which are unleaded petrol. Super offers a higher octane rating than conventional, and diesel is also usually supplied. Most of the rented vehicles are super, but require someone in the rental office to make sure. The gas station is full service; participants fill in your tank for you. Gas is much more expensive than the US – a gallon (3.8 liters) is usually about $6.

Almost every town has a gas station, but parts of the country are sparse. For example, the South Pacific, the South Caribbean, the Nicoya Peninsula, and the area near the Nicaragua border. If you plan to travel to any area, fill your tank at the beginning of the day. Most GPS devices have an app that shows you nearby gas stations. If you find yourself running out of area in the absence of a gas station, look for a small local operation. Usually these are from someone's family or even business, and there are handwritten signs that represent gasolina.

Familiarity with Costa Rica's traffic laws will save you time, cash and slow legal procedures. Many Costa Rican driving laws are similar to those in the United States and are easy to follow. Even so, some travelers should be aware of this. For example, a camera that photographed an overspeed vehicle camera was recently placed on a highway. These cameras automatically issue tickets for between $3 and $600. Once you return the vehicle, the rental car company will retain your deposit until they confirm that you have not yet confirmed the ticket. If you have a ticket, you will lose a portion of your deposit. Therefore, we recommend that potential drivers review the breakdown of Costa Rican driving laws, followed closely.

Your journey is a pleasure to buy. Stop to take pictures and eat at the roadside. Explore new roads to the coast and even explore along country roads. There are certainly many factors to consider when driving in Costa Rica, but don't let it first avoid the key reason for renting a car: to be independent in order to meet new places and people on the road.

Driving Law and Punishment

The last thing anyone wants to do while on vacation is a traffic ticket (even worse, prison). Costa Rica’s driving laws are practical and straightforward. When you act cautiously and drive wisely, you will be fine. The next project will help you understand the most relevant driving laws in Costa Rica.

Drivers and passengers need to wear seat belts, and cyclists must wear helmets. The fine for not doing this is about $185.

• Speeds exceeding 120 km/h (75 mph) or exceeding the speed limit of 20 km/h (12 mph) are considered to be speeding. In addition to radar highway enforcement, you will find cameras located throughout the country report license plate numbers to police/car rental companies. The fine is about $617. Speeds in excess of 150 km/h (93 mph) can lead to insults.

·Don't allow talking on the phone or even texting while driving. The fine is about $550.

· Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is taken seriously. Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between 0.50 and 0.74 is considered to be affected. The fine is about $550. Driving a BAC above 0.75 will result in imprisonment.

· U-turning in a prohibited place may result in a fine of around $550.

·Running a red light or parking sign may result in a fine of approximately $372.

·You currently need a driver's license for your country and you can only carry a foreign driver's license for 3 months. Driving without a driver's license (or using a driver's license for more than three months) may result in a fine of approximately $93.

·Yellow line indicates the area that is not allowed to pass. Passing these areas (or along the curve) may be fined about $550.

·Not allowed to pass the right side. The penalty is about $200.

Children under the age of 12 or less than 1.45 m (4 & #39; 9") need a child seat.

· Carrying extra passengers may result in a fine of approximately $160.

·Not allowed to drive on the beach The fine is about $200.

San Jose turns to banned traffic during peak hours, with the goal of reducing congestion and fuel use. The ban prohibits certain license plate numbers from driving at certain times of the day – Monday to Friday, 7 am to 8 am 30 minutes and 4 pm to 5:30 pm. License plates with license plate number 1 or 2 are prohibited on Monday; 3 or 4 on Tuesday; 5 or 6 on Wednesday; 7 or 8 on Thursday; 9 or 0 on Friday. If you are In a few days/hours driving a car with a restricted license in the central area of ​​San Jose, you will be fined.

From this article you can see that Costa Rica's driving laws answer most other countries. Remember the key items, including fasten your seat belt, driver's license, don't speed, don't call, don't drunk, and always use child seats for children under 12 by familiarizing yourself with these methods. And become a cautious defensive driver, without any legal difficulties when driving in Costa Rica

In short

renting a car in Costa Rica has the potential to create a very special journey for travelers You can look for little-known areas, stop when you want, and start your personal adventure from day one. Similarly, driving in Costa Rica is serious. Road conditions can be difficult and travel time is long Before you start using it, consider what it needs and how you want to start your journey. No matter what course you operate, your experience in Costa Rica will be amazing.