Driving in Costa Rica:
To travel around Costa Rica, it’s a great choice to travel on your own with a rented car. You can get wherever you want without pending of timetables or other people.
But there are several things you should know when renting a car to spend a great vacation time.
We recommend very much to take a car rental with full- insurance. This will cost an extra (+ 14 $ more or less each day of rental) but you are full- protected. Although there are limitations as well- understandable. You are not allowed to drive drunk and if you drown the car in the sea or a river the insurance will not pay. So take care, because sometimes you have to cross a river.
We recommend to rent a small 4*4 vehicle, like the Suzuki Jimmy. This is one of the cheapest solutions, although with a very small machine, it is a great car for off-road. But pay attention. If you rent a car via Internet (this looks cheaper but you have to look very well) they never promise the exact car. They will say, a Jimmy or similar. And the similar often are very small tins without 4 * 4.
As well, take care if basic insurance (around 20$ daily) and taxes are included in the package. Please contact us to order a special fare with all insurance included and the exact car you want to rent.
Gas is around 1,2 $ the liter.
You have to take care with speed limitations. On Main- Streets there are often traffic- policemen (transitos) taking the speed and charging expensive. Since September 2011 they installed cameras taking the speed on several main streets in the central valley. So take care.