Car hire in Costa Rica
Hiring a car in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a relatively small country in Central America, making it easy to explore with a hire car. Despite its diminutive size, however, it really packs a punch. Offering everything from cloud forests and volcanoes to stunning beaches on both its Pacific and Caribbean coasts, Costa Rica will not disappoint.
You’ll spend your time in this wonderful nation marvelling at its wildlife and enjoying all manner of adventure.
Most holidays start in the capital San Jose, which is handy, as this is where the roads lead to. From this central point, you can drive up to Guanacaste, across to Limon or down to the Osa Peninsula to see some incredible natural attractions.
What you need to know
The biggest selection of car hire companies and vehicles can be found at San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJC). Here, you will find no fewer than nine hire firms to choose from, with the majority rated excellent, very good and good by our customers.
If you prefer more direct access to some of Costa Rica’s natural attractions, you may fly into a regional airport. If this is the case, then hire cars can be arranged from Tamarindo Airport (TNO) or Liberia’s Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), which can both be found in Guanacaste. Check out our booking toolto find the best and most convenient deal for you.
Where to pick up your car
With so many hire car companies to choose from across the Costa Rican destinations, there are various different protocols when it comes to picking up your car. Several of the hire firms have desks inside the terminal building. Others will provide a free shuttle bus to take you to where you need to be. Alternatively, you may opt for a company that offers a meet and greet service, escorting you from arrivals to where your hire car is parked.
All of this information is provided prior to booking and can be accessed through the search tool, so you can select the option that is best for you.