Explore this stunning region of Central America, with great car hire deals in Costa Rica from Sixt. To get you off to the best possible start, we have a superb range of vehicles for every type of trip, surprisingly affordable rates, and a friendly customer service team. So whether you'll be heading to the beach with family, visiting a remote rainforest location or simply getting from A to B for business, we'll help you find the right vehicle. Read on for tips on getting around by road and how to really enjoy your car rental while you're here.
We have a number of branches located throughout Costa Rica, including one which serves the busy San José airport, so we can be there as soon as you arrive to ensure you begin your journey in style. The most convenient way of finding our best car hire deals in Costa Rica is by booking online through our user friendly website, if your plans have to change, you can also cancel here which is usually free. When you're ready, you can use this guide to start planning your trip. We've included a map showing the country's largest cities and airports, along with some unmissable sights, film locations, and architectural wonders to visit when you rent a car in Costa Rica.
When you book with Sixt car rental in Costa Rica there's no compromising on quality. You can select from a wide range of 4x4s, sports cars, convertibles and saloons from premium manufacturers. Specify your preference for an automatic, then add to your package with child seats, a mobile phone with a local sim, an internet hotspot, or additional driver coverage. After choosing your vehicle and dates, just pick any extras you might need for your car hire in Costa Rica, such as surf board and luggage racks.
When you book car hire in Costa Rica, both the person renting and the driver have to present a valid driving license. If one of you has been in Costa Rica for three months or more, that person will also be obliged to present a driving license which has been issued in Costa Rica. For driving licenses from other countries, the print should be in a Roman alphabet, if it is in Japanese, Arabic or Cyrillic you must also show an International driving license. Finally, you will need to bring along your passport or a valid ID card when you pick up your vehicle.
In Costa Rica the minimum age for drivers is 18 and you have to have held a valid driving license for at least a year before you can drive a rental car. For drivers under 21 years of age a daily surcharge will usually be added to the booking. For certain models of rental vehicle the age restriction is 21, you will be able to check if this applies to the car you are hiring on the booking page.
To pay for your car rental you can use all major international credit cards, including Diners Club, American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover. Unfortunately we are unable to accept debit cards or prepaid cards. If you would prefer to pay in US Dollars, or local currency, or using traveller's cheques, you can, but for the purposes of your guarantee, you will still be asked to present a credit card when you arrive to pick up your car.
If you have a Sixt Car Express Service Card you will still need to present a valid credit card as well. The person renting the vehicle must be the owner of the credit card presented, their details will be confirmed when they make a reservation.
If you have an accident when you rent a car in Costa Rica, you should always contact the police on 911. They usually have bilingual operators, so even if you are not able to speak Spanish there will be someone there who can help. You can also reach us on +506-2431-3803 for further assistance.
Driving in the remote regions of Costa Rica is very different to driving a rental vehicle in the larger metropolitan areas. In cities the roads are well maintained and extremely busy, especially during the normal rush hour periods, but in the countryside, there are many more pedestrians, animals, and people on scooters using roads which can be extremely narrow.
In the centre of San Jose, the spectacular Teatro Nacional, San José de Costa Rica entertains audiences with numerous theatrical productions throughout the year, whilst the more modest Hacienda Santa Rosa in Guanacaste provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the country's history. Situated within a beautiful garden, the Ruinas de la iglesia de Ujarrás present a pretty 16th century Spanish colonial church that's certainly worth a visit. But for a more modern architectural marvel, head to the quirky Casa Fait in Puntarenas.
Learn more about the country's diverse marine and terrestrial habitats at the Área de Conservación Guanacaste, and experience a vast unspoilt rainforest at Parque Nacional Corcovado. On the Panama border, the Cerro Chirripó mountain range is unforgettable, and the cloud forests of Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo are just a short drive northeast of San Jose.
Back in 2012, Will Smith was in town filming scenes for what would become the blockbuster After Earth around the picturesque Arenal volcano. The opening scenes of Suicide Squad with June Moone, played by Cara Delevingne, were shot on a reserve at Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui and many natural wildernesses here provided the backdrop for Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. Spy Kids 2 also briefly showcases the vast expanse of water at Lago Arenal.
Cross border car rentals are not allowed in Costa Rica.