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Rental Car in Costa Rica

Rental Cars in Costa Rica

You can explore the beautiful country of Costa Rica by car. Of course, unless you plane to drive your own car into the country, you will need some information about rental cars in Costa Rica.

Using a rental car to travel through Costa Rica offers many benefits.

It allows you to see the most of the rich coasts of Costa Rica, while familiarizing yourself with the surrounding area, including the fantastic laidback culture. Additionally, getting a rental car in Costa Rica offers you convenience, as you can travel at your own will. You don't have to worry about luggage theft or pick pocketing, as you would with public transportation. Don't be mistaken, Costa Rica has an marvelous public transportation system with numerous tourist bus companies. However, renting a car in Costa Rica offers you more options and privacy. With a rental car you're not limited to the large tourist areas, but you can also go to the more resident-oriented areas. Another distinct benefit of using rental cars in Costa Rica is that you can visit some of the secluded beaches. You'll love touring such beaches, because they offer you a more tranquil environment in which you can relax. By avoiding the crowds you can spend more quality time taking in the gorgeous surroundings. Renting a car is also a great option if you have come to Costa Rica for surfing, because you can avoid the annoyance of lugging your surfboard off of buses. Also you can use your rental car to be more adventurous and explore the many remote surf breaks.

There are of course a few drawbacks of Costa Rica car rentals. For one, it is an expensive option. Remember that most car rental companies in Costa Rica make you put forth at least a $1000 deposit to rent a car. Beyond that, you risk getting lost, especially since Costa Rica roads are not well-marked. Besides being poorly marked, Costa Rica roads are kept in poor shape in comparison to roads in the United States and Canada.

It is highly important to remember not to repair your rental car if it breaks down, because the rental company will not compensate you. If your rental car does break down, call the rental company as soon as possible.

Ask for written affirmation of your car rental agreement, because you want to be aware of all charges that may appear on your rental bill.

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