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Getting around in Costa Rica is an assured adventure for the first time traveler to Latin America, while roads and transportation services are in much better condition than in the late 90’s and way better than most Central and South American countries, we created a brief guide so that you’ll know what to expect and decide which is the best form of transportation during your holiday.

Driving

Renting a car in Costa Rica gives you the advantage of travelling where and when you want, stopping at any given point to admire the magnificent scenarios. But it there is a downside, while there has been a huge investment by the government to renew the road infrastructure, getting around on your own can be complicated, especially given the fact there are no clear street address. As long as you don’t hurry, ask for directions and pay attention to the few signs you’ll find on the way you should easily get to your destination. Once you leave the main cities everything is easier, there is one main road for each coast so once you are on it there is no way you’ll get lost.

Taxis

There are three kinds of Taxis in Costa Rica: airport taxis, red taxis and unregulated taxis. Airport taxis are highly regulated and you can differentiate them from the rest because they are light orange, they are only allowed to take passengers from the airport to their destinations, their rates are fixed and you should prepay them from the official booth inside the airport after you pick up your luggage. From the airport on, during your stay, you should only get in official red taxis. Since anybody can buy a red car and make it seem like a cab you should always check they have the taxi sign on the roof, yellow triangles on the doors, a taximeter (locally called maria) and their official permit which is usually attached on the dash. When you take a red taxi always make sure they activate the taximeter once you get in. Unregulated taxis are private cars used for public transportation, while there are a few legit companies offering a quality service to some hotels and in some beaches where red taxis don’t provide a service, you should never get in any of these cars unless it was recommended by your hotel front desk. Apart from the few legit companies this cabs will overcharge for their service, in most cases are uninsured apart from not fulfilling quality and safety standards.

Private and Semi Private Transportation

If you don’t feel like driving in a country you don’t know we can book for you both private and semi-private transportations from and to any location in Costa Rica. Private minibuses with drivers are a bit more expensive for shorter transfers than an official taxis and way cheaper for longer trips to the beaches and volcanoes, additionally the comfort and peace of mind of having a person that knows Costa Rica’s road like the palm of their hands is priceless. Semi private transportations are an affordable option to reach the main points of interest throughout Costa Rica, travelling in midsized buses with preset routes and schedules. In most cases the trip has to be reserved and prepaid in advance, through us or your hotel front desk.

Public Buses

Perfect for the tight budget tourists, public buses can get you everywhere in Costa Rica for a few dollars. In majority of cases not the most comfortable ride, public buses to the beaches and other attractions leave from chaotic centrally located stops downtown San Jose, departure times and prices are constantly changed. Feel free to ask us and we’ll be more than happy to try and find them out for the your planned dates.

While Costa Rica is a tiny country getting around and understanding what is where can be a mess, especially since the country is divided into provinces but to make it easier for travelers it is commonly separated into tourist regions. We have created interactive maps so that you can find your way around and understand where the main points of interests can be found.          

Costa Rica's Volcanoes and National Parks Map

Visit National Parks and Volcanoes section for additional information on each park and volcano.   View Costa Rica National Parks and Volcanoes Map in a larger map

Hotels in Costa Rica Map

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Beaches and Surf Spots in Costa Rica

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Provinces of Costa Rica

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Map of Costa Rica's Main Airports

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Costa Rica is overall a safe country to visit, much safer than many major cities in industrialized countries. As long as you follow these simple tips we can assure you’ll have the vacation of a lifetime. Just in case we’ve also included a list of important phone numbers you should keep with you at all times.

Costa Rica Safety Tips

Take advantage of your hotel safety deposit box and leave your travel documents and valuables there. If you rented a car you’ll need your driver license with you at all times. Carry a legible copy of your passport including your picture and the page with your entry date.

 

If you need to change your currency do it in banks, do not accept any sort of currency exchange from non authorized stores or individuals. Banks won’t accept copy of your passport for any transaction.

 

Don’t carry more cash than you’ll need, credit cards are widely accepted throughout Costa Rica, specially Visa and Master Card. Amex, JCB, Discover, Diners Club and other minor credit card brands are accepted in most hotels, car rentals and bigger restaurants.

 

Take advantage of your hotel front desk for information, driving routes or to call a taxi.

 

Only use red taxis with the yellow triangles on their doors, at the airports the official taxis are orange and the trip is prepaid after you pick up your luggage. Always make sure the red taxis use the meter or as it is locally called “the maria”.

 

Only use ATMs in public illuminated places and “watch your back”. For security reasons unattended Public Banks ATMs in Costa Rica shut down after 10pm.

 

Never leave valuable items in your car unattended, if possible never park your car on the public street, when available take advantage of the private parking spots.

 

If someone tells you have a flat tire or you feel you are being followed DON’T STOP until you get to the closest open gas station, shopping center or any busy public place.

 

Avoid walking at night in desolated places and beware of pickpockets.

 

If you want to make a donation, do it to authorized charities.

 

In Costa Rica it is a felony to have sex with a person under 18 years old, you will go to jail and “I thought he/she was older” won’t save you.

 

Drinking and driving or driving over the speed limits in Costa Rica can get you in jail with an expensive ticket.

 

Costa Rica is famous for its surfing conditions, this means that rip tides are frequent in many beaches, even if you are an avid swimmer make sure there is always someone watching you.

 

If you want to take an un-escorted hike in the natural parks never leave the marked trails.

 

Use your common sense, Costa Rica is way safer than many big cities in industrialized countries, but as anywhere else in the world thieves are always ready to take advantage of tourists

Important and Emergency Numbers in Costa Rica

911 is the general emergency number from any phone. 800-8726-7486 in the case of a traffic accident. 1113 Phone Directory (call it for embassies and consulates not listed in our site) International Collect Calls 1175 MasterCard Global Service in Costa Rica 0-800-011-0184 Visa Global Customer Assistance in Costa Rica 0-800-011-0030 American Express Lost or Stolen card 229-9494 Costa Rica Tourism Board 229-5800 / 2291-5764 U.S. Embassy 2519-2279 Embassy of Argentina 2234-6520 Brazilian Embassy 2295-6875 Canadian Embassy 2242-4400 Chilean Consulate 2224-4243 French Embassy 234-4167 German Embassy 290-9091 Israeli Embassy 2221-6444 Italian Embassy 224-6574 Mexican Embassy 2234-9171 Dutch Embassy 296-1490 Portuguese Consulate 2221-4092 Russian Embassy 256-9181 Spanish Embassy 222-5745

It is always summer in Costa Rica with temperatures between 21 and 30 degrees (Celsius) the weather is always pleasant no matter what time of the year you come. For six months every year, during the rainy season, it rains for a couple of hours every day and depending on the region or area it can be a bit chillier or wormier, always maintaining a delightful weather.

Dry Season (Summer)

While it is summer during the entire year you’ll find hotter days from mid November to April. During this time most of the country is sunny all day long. In the central region (San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago) the weather is really pleasant the average temperature is around 22 degrees Celsius, in the Pacific coast (North, Central and South Pacific) it gets a bit warmer with an average of 27 degrees Celsius and the Caribbean (Limon) it can reach over 30 degrees due to the higher humidity percentage.

Rainy Season (Winter)

While it is called the rainy season, it isn’t as bad as it sounds. From March to November it will usually rain a few hours a day every day, cooling the temperature in the central region and the Pacific coast but making things a bit “stickier” on the Caribbean side due to the increase in humidity, you’ll still get plenty of sun in the mornings and early in the afternoon.

Costa Rica Microclimates

Costa Rica is home of twelve microclimates mainly due to the geographical diversity, from hot and humid to cold almost snowy, depending on the elevation this microclimates can change dramatically. While most tourist spots and beaches rely on the two main seasons, these microclimates and drastic temperature changes are notable when driving from the central valley to the beaches. Depending on the road you take you might have to cross mountain ranges where the temperature can drop drastically and get back to hot and humid in matter of few kilometers. Apart from the temperature, even the non expert eye will perceive how the flora changes from town to town; on the way to the mountain resorts in Heredia the surrounding nature is resembles what you would expect from a lower Swiss Alp town, driving to the Caribbean tropical beaches you’ll go through forests that will take you back into prehistoric times, on the way to the popular north Pacific beaches you’ll see dry farming lowlands and in spectacular southern Pacific you’ll be able to hike in majestic tropical forests, all only a few hours from each other!

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To enter Costa Rica you will need a valid passport that will not expire for at least 90 days after the arrival plus a round-trip or outbound ticket. Everybody has to pay a departure tax of $26 payable at the airport next to the airlines counters. Some countries require a Visa emitted by a Costa Rica consulate and in some cases a Special Visa emitted by the Costa Rica migration director. Entrance permit may vary from 30 to 90 calendar days. Before you travel make sure you contact the closest Costa Rica embassy/consulate to confirm you comply with all requirements. Visitors coming from certain south American countries are required to show a proof for the Yellow Fever vaccine or won't be admitted in Costa Rica.

Do Not Require a Visa to Enter Costa Rica

The Citizens of the following countries may enter Costa Rica without a visa with a maximum stays of up to 90 calendar days due to Agreements, International Conventions or Exchange Notes.
GERMANY LITHUANIA ANDORRA LUXEMBOURG
ARGENTINA MALTA AUSTRALIA * MEXICO
AUSTRIA MALTA BAHAMAS MEXICO
BARBADOS MONTENEGRO BELGIUM NORWAY *
BRAZIL NEW ZEALAND * BULGARIA NETHERLANDS (Holland) *
CANADA PANAMA CROATIA PARAGUAY
CHILE POLAND CYPRUS PORTUGAL
DENMARK * PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO SLOVAKIA SAN MARINO
SLOVENIA PUERTO RICO SPAIN SERBIA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA * SOUTH AFRICA ESTONIA UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN **
FINLAND NORTHERN IRELAND ** FRANCE * CZECH REPUBLIC
HUNGARY REPUBLIC OF SOUTH KOREA IRELAND GREECE
ROMANIA ICELAND ISRAEL VATICAN HOLY SEE
ITALY SINGAPORE JAPAN SWEDEN
LATVIA SWITZERLAND LIECHTENSTEIN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
LITHUANIA URUGUAY LUXEMBOURG
* Their dependencies receive equal treatment ** Includes England, Wales and Scotland

Do Not Require a Visa but have limitation

The citizens of the following countries may enter Costa Rica without a visa, with a maximum stays of up to 30 calendar days.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA MAURITIUS BELIZE MICRONESIA
BOLIVIA NAURU DOMINICA PALAU
EL SALVADOR KINGDOM OF TONGA PHILIPPINES PHILIPPINES
SAMOA FIJI SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS GRANADA
SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES GUATEMALA SANTA LUCIA GUYANA
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE HONDURAS SEYCHELLES MARSHALL ISLANDS
SURINAME MARSHALL ISLANDS TUVALU SOLOMON ISLANDS
TURKEY KIRIBATI VANUATU MALDIVES
VENEZUELA

Require a Costa Rica Consulate Visa

The citizens of the following countries may to enter Costa Rica with Consular Visa and with a maximum stay of up to 30 calendar days.
ALBANIA MALAYSIA ANGOLA MALAWI
SAUDI ARABIA MALI ALGERIA MOROCCO
ARMENIA MAURITANIA AZERBAIJAN MOLDOVA
BAHRAIN MONGOLIA BENIN MOZAMBIQUE
BELARUS NAMIBIA BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA NEPAL
BOTSWANA NICARAGUA BRUNEI-DARRUSAL NIGER
BURKINA FASO NIGERIA BURUNDI OMAN
BHUTAN PAKISTAN CAPE VERDE PAPUA NEW GUINEA
CAMBODIA PERU CAMEROON QATAR
COLOMBIA WESTERN SAHARA IVORY COAST CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
COMOROS REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA CHAD REPUBLIC OF CONGO
ECUADOR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO EGYPT LAOS PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES DOMINICAN REPUBLIC RUSSIAN FEDERATION RWANDA
GABON SENEGAL GAMBIA SIERRA LEONE
GEORGIA SUDAN GHANA SWAZILAND
GUINEA THAILAND GUINEA BISSAU TAIWAN
GUINEA TANZANIA INDIA TAJIKISTAN
INDONESIA EAST TIMOR JORDAN TOGO
KAZAKHSTAN TUNISIA KENYA TURKMENISTAN
KIRQUIZISTÁN UKRAINE KOSOVO UGANDA
KUWAIT UZBEKISTAN LESOTHO VIETNAM
LIBERIA YEMEN LIBYA DJIBOUTI
LEBANON ZAMBIA MADAGASCAR ZIMBABWE

Require a Special Visa

The citizens of the following countries require a Visa authorized by the General Director of Migration in Costa Rica, with a maximum entrance of up to 30 natural days. Some countries in this list such as China have access to specially emitted Business Visas.
AFGHANISTAN JAMAICA BANGLADESH MYANMAR (BURMA)
CUBA PALESTINE ERITREA SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC
REPUBLIC ETHIOPIA CHINA (MAINLAND CHINA) HAITI DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF NORTH KOREA
IRAN SOMALIA

Other Countries

The citizens of countries not included in the lists above should contact the closest Costa Rica embassy for additional information on their requirements.

Costa Rica is a country that contains in its tiny territory, 5% of the planet biodiversity, natural treasure protected by the National System of Area Conservation (SINAC), which covers 26% of the national geography. In Costa Rica visitors, without the need to travel long distances, can enjoy majestic volcanoes, beaches in both the Pacific and Caribbean, dry, humid and tropical forests or incredible jungle scenarios.
Volcano Arenal National Park  Volcano Arenal National Park is located 150km from San Jose, in the Tilaran mountain range and the northern plains region, 15km from the Fortuna community and 40km from Ciudad Quesada. This active volcano is one of the most representative tourist spots in Costa Rica. It became active in 1968 after being latent for 500 years. Up to today it is maintains the volcanic activity, characterized by constant lava strains producing an amazing scenario especially at night. This protected area is a live laboratory, for its geological abundance, geomorphology and for its complex biological processes developments since it includes from pioneer vegetation to a primary forest.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge  Located in the southern side of Rio Frio basin in the northern plains, 222km from San Jose, the Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge contains a concentration of endangered animal species, it is a wetland with a migratory avifaunal, several mammals and endemic fresh water fishes. Its principal attraction is the lagoon and swamp covering over 880 hectares, where you’ll be able to observe reptiles as the caiman, migratory birds fishes and swamps.
Braulio Carrillo National Park  Divided between Sarapiqui, Heredia, Vasquez de Coronado and Oeramuno it is the most extense national park in the central region of Costa Rica. Braulio Carrillo is highly important for the conservation of groundwater it counts with an always green forest filled with a high density of flora. Most of the protected area covers a primary forest, where it is estimated exist over 6000 plants representing half of the total species in Costa Rica, additionally it is recognized for having approximately 515 species of bird, both residents and migratory.
Turrialba Volcano National Park  Locates in Turrialba, part of the Cartago province, 74km from San Jose, the Turrialba Volcano is on the western end of the Central Mountain Range and is the second highest volcano in Costa Rica. It is the only national park where you can walk inside a volcanic range. From several high points on a clear day you’ll be able to appreciate a panoramic view of the Caribbean plains, the Braulio Carrilo massifs, the Poas Volcano, Turrialba valley and the Chirripo Peak.
Poas Volcano National Park  Located northeast from the city of Alajuela with an extension of 6506 hectares, the Poas Volcano National Park is the most visited protected area in Costa Rica. With an extensive natural wealth, its primary crater is a spectacle complemented by an incredible biodiversity.
Irazu Volcano National Park  On the northeastern side of the Cartago province the Irazu Volcano massif takes part of the Central Volcanic Range. With an altitude of 3432 meters over sea level it is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. On the way to the crater you’ll be able to observe low vegetation with a diversity of flora and fauna species. For its geological characteristics it is an area of interest for students and scientists from all over the world since it has kept eruptive manifestations in recent years.
Tapanti National Park  Located in the district of Orosi in the province of Cartago the Tapanti National Park maintains important ecosystems, containing several rivers and a beautiful variety of scenarios. It is the rainiest area in Costa Rica with around 45 mammals species and 260 birds species.
Guayabo National Monument  On the mountainside of the Turrialba Volcano, 70km from San Jose, the Guayabo National Monument was established to conserve one of Costa Rica’s most important archeological resources. In an area between 15 and 20 hectares, on which there have only been 4 excavations, archeologists have found several Pre-Columbian engravings representing still unknown expressions. In 2009 the American Civil Engineers Society recognized the Guayabo National Monument as a World Heritage Site due to its complex aqueduct and engineering.
Barra Honda National Park  In the Guancaste province the Barra Honda National Park represents thousands years of geologic history forming an ample independent cavern system with stalactites and stalagmites. Currently only the Terciopelo Cavern is open to the public out of the entire limestone caverns network, of which only 50% has been explored by scientists.
Las Baulas Marine National Park  On the northern pacific in the Guanacaste Province the Baular Marine National Park is made up by mangroves protected by the RAMSAR wetlands convention, for its high relevancy as habitat for marine birds and being an area where different marine and forest species come to breed. The most important tourist attraction is the Baula Turtles nestling in the protected beaches, specie at risk of extinction.
Diria National Park  Locates in Santa Cruz, Guancaste, 220km from San Jose near the Arado and San Juan communities the Diria Natual Park thanks to its important ecosystems was granted the status of National Park after it was first created only as a protected zone. It was established for conservation and tourist enjoyment as it offers the sustainable advantage of storing water. The area is recognized for its scenic beauty and panoramic view which can be appreciated from the park’s higher zones. You’ll be able to observe a large number of mammals and birds while hiking along the well designed forest trails.
Cabo Blanco National Reserve  105km from San Jose, located in the southern part of the Nicoya peninsula a few miles from Montezuma Beach the Cabo Blanco National Reserve belongs to the Tempisque Conservation Area, declared as a protected reserve in 1963 it experiences a natural forest rebirth proving to be a monument to a better future for humanity and nature in search of balance.  The Cabo Blanco reserve is made up of a primary forest and the regenerated forest with 140 species of trees, it hosts a wide variety of fauna and several marine birds.
Ostional Wildlife Refuge  360km from San Jose along the Santa Cruz and Nicoya coast in the Guanacaste Region, the beach of Ostional measures about 7.5 miles long. Being a place where sea turtles come to lay their eggs it was established as a wildlife refuge. Several species of sea turtles come to the Ostional beach including the Olive Ridley Turtle, nesting all year long, plus the Leatherback Turtle and Green Turtle which come to nest their eggs between September and February.
Cipanci Wildlife Refuge  Covering the mouth of the Bolson River until the Toro Island it is located 200km from San Jose on the right side of the Tempisque River. The Cipanci Wildlife Refuge was declared a RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance by the convention of Wetlands. Mangroves, marshes, rivers, forests and diverse lands and aquatic flora and fauna, as well as beautiful scenery, all make up its main attractions.
Guanacaste National Park  Made up of the sectors: Martiza, Pitilla and Cacao, where biological stations are located for scientists and enthusiasts; the Guanacaste National Park is located 35km from the city of Liberia in Guanacaste. This park is considered an altitudinal biological corridor that allows the seasonal migration of a large number of species including insects, birds and mammals; they come down to Santa Rosa during the dry season and ascend to the high areas including the Orosi Volcano and the Cacao Volcano. The Guanacaste National Park is part of the Guanacaste Conservation declared a World Heritage by the UNESCO in 1999.
Rincon de la Vieja National Park  Between Liberia in Guanacaste and Upala in Alajuela its location is in the massive with the same name, Rincon de la Vieja. Approximately 600,000 years old the Rincon de la Vieja massif is a compound structure, where nine volcanic centers have been identified. On the southern side of the volcano, visitors may find the hot springs zone, fumaroles lagoons, mud pots and steam emanations. It is said that the Rincon de la Vieja volcanic activity was the main natural attraction for ancient seamen in the area.
Santa Rosa National Park  35km from Liberia Guanacaste the Santa Rosa national park has one the largest protected dry forests in Central America. This forest is characterized by its marked difference during the wet and dry seasons when it loses most of its foliage. You may find the stone yard in the park, along with the Santa Rosa Historical Mansion Museum, which was created as a national monument. This is the place where the most important battle took place against the incoming North American filibusters from Nicaragua.
Bahia Junquillal Wildlife Refuge  Located in the la Cruz, Guanacaste, 45km from Liberia the Bahia Junquillal refuge brings together ecological aspects of the dry forest and the local culture, featuring a scenic beach that stretches over a mile.
Tortugueto National Park  80km north of Limon city Tortuguero is an extremely important area because of its very moist tropical forests. Within these forests, rivers, canals and lagoons abound used by the locals and tourists to navigate the park area. Nature lovers may admire the area’s lush flora and fauna. The park is comprised of land and marine areas. Its creation stems from the desire to protect the Green sea turtle because this nestling area is important in the western Caribbean. One of the main attractions is the sea turtle nestling that includes the giant leatherback sea turtle, the green sea turtle, the brown loggerhead turtle and the hawksbill sea turtle all in danger of extinction.
Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge  Located in the northern Caribbean, along the Nicaraguan border approximately 150km from San Jose Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge has a system of water canals combined with a beach eco-system and marine wildlife. The flora in the region is one of the most diverse in Costa Rica; in the Coronel and Cocori hills there are 58 native plant species. Within this area you may find the manatee or sea cow, caimans, crocodiles and gar fish among others. It is also home to the tapir, jaguar, puma, howler monkey, white faces monkey, ocelot, the otter cat and the three toed sloth.
Corcovado National Park  On the Osa Peninsula in the southern pacific region of Costa Rica 408km from San Jose, the Corcovado National Park is home to the last of the Tropical Wet Forest in the Meso-American Pacific. Its location, climate characteristics, changing soil and topography conditions make it a site for amazingly diverse biological species. Its flora includes thousand of species, many of which are scarce and have disappeared in the regions. The fauna also stands out for its diversity of species, even more so when considering that many are in danger of extinction.
Ballena Marine National Park  Located on the Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica in the Puntarenas province in the Ballena Bay, the Ballena Marine National Park was created to ensure the survival of critical habitats for marine species’ reproduction and nesting, as was as to preserve the productivity of biological communities that inhabit the coastal areas. The park is surrounded by beautiful scenery. Because of its scientific value it is a great place for environmental education and tourism development. You’ll be able to see common and bottled-nose dolphins, during certain times of the year even humpback whales are visible.
Manuel Antonio National Park  In the Costa Rican Central Pacific a few hours from San Jose Manuel Antonio National Park is a small biological island surrounded by various production activities such as agriculture, farming and vast tourism development. It is one of the most scenic and beautiful national parks in Costa Rica.
Carara National Park  56 miles from San Jose, near the Orotina highway, along the Tarcoles River you’ll find the Carara National Park which is locates in the transitional zone between the dry and moist forests of the Pacific Region. It could be said that no other wildlife area in the country protects the abundance of plant and animal species that live in this bioclimatic region. This wildlife area is considered and excellent living laboratory, where the structure and workings of the tropical eco-systems and the relationship between them can be studied.
La Cangreja National Park  In the Chiris and Mercedes Sur districts of Puriscal its name comes from the shape of Mount la Cangreja which towers over the park at 4281 feet. Native legend speaks of a large crab that settled on the hill and blocked the passage of locals travelling to other towns, until one day a warrior fought back and was able to cut off its leg in a rage. Facing defeat the crab decided to change into a rock, so according to the legend part of the mountain became a rocky formation. The Cangreja National Park shelters 15% of the vascular plants known in Costa Rica of which 44 are endemic.
Los Quetzales National Park  On the Pacific Side of the Talamanca mountain range in the San Jose province just 47miles from San Jose city Los Quetzales is named after the Mesoamerican bird that according to the World Union for Nature, is currently endangered. Los Quetzales National Park was inaugurated in 2008, making it the newest park in the country and is home to a variety of endangered species including the quetzal, puma, jaguar and tapir. Additionally the park is home to three types of forests and 14 ecosystems. The park has a beautifully preserved oak tree forests as well as springs, species native to the grasslands above 3300m.
Cahuita National Park  On the Caribbean coast 37 miles from the city of Limon the Cahuita National Park protects one of the most developed coral reefs on the Caribbean coast and one of the most important in Costa Rica. It also protects a unique swamp forest with large areas of pinecone palm trees and sangrillo. The scenic white sand beach is perfect for camping, snorkeling along the coral reef and surf.
Barbilla National Park  On the Caribbean side of the Talamanca mountain range, about 117km from San Jose city the Barbilla National Park produces a high volume of water. The neighboring Chirripo Native Reserve is home to the second largest ethnic group in Costa Rica: the Cabecar. It forms an integral part of the land declared by UNESCO as La Amistad Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage since 1983.
Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge  On the Caribbean coast in Talamaca the Gandoca-Manzanillo is a mixed between state and private National Wildlife Refuge, where the combination of landscapes, beaches and ocean scenery together with the local culture makes it a very attractive place for visitors from all over the world.
Chirripo National Park  Situated in the Talamanca mountain range, northeast of San Isidro del General, Mount Chirripo is the highest mountain in the country at 3820 meters above sea level. One of the most interesting geomorphic discoveries found in Chirripo is the rock formation left behind by glaciers, which are a testament to the glacier formation extending 126 miles and dating back 25,000 years.
La Amistad International Park  About 280km from San Jose up to the Panamanian border La Amistas park is considered one of the most biologically diverse protected wildlife areas in Costa Rica due to its range altitudes, severe climate changes and soil types which make for diverse ecosystems and large number of local species.
Isla del Coco National Park  In the Pacific Ocean, 332 miles southeast of Cabo Blanco the Coco Island is considered a natural laboratory to study the evolution of species as well as a spectacular place for diving. Discovered in 1526 by Joan Cabezas, it was a refuge for pirates and seamen in the 17th and 18th centuries that according to legends hid valuable treasures. This riches have led to more than 500 expeditions, including one by the Costa Rican government in which led to Costa Rica taking over the island on September 15, 1869. In 1997 Coco Island was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the critical habitats the site provides for marine wildlife including large pelagic species, especially sharks.
Palo Verde National Park  Located in Bagaces, Guanacaste 209km from San Jose the Palo Verde National Park houses a diverse group of wetland habitats bordered by rivers and a row of limestone hills. Within these lie salt and fresh water lagoons, in addition to swamps, grasslands, mangroves, pastures, open area forests, mixed forests, water born trees, and tree lined grasslands, freshwater swamp forests and evergreens. It also has a large concentration of aquatic and wading birds, local as well as migratory. This zone is said to be one of the best bird watching areas in all of Central America.
Tenorio Volcano National Park  Located in the Guanacaste mountain range the Tenorio Volcano national park’s climate is influenced by the Caribbean and Pacific basin, which is reflected in the quantity and distribution pattern of the local habitats. Apart from the flora and fauna major attractions are the waterfalls, panoramic views, thermal steam, forest steams and “the dyers” where the water appears naturally “dyed” turquoise blue.
   

While being the smaller car rental company you can book through us and only present in the San Jose region, Sixt Car Rental Costa Rica has proven to be a great option when landing in the Juan Santamaria International Airport. Sixt Rental Requirements 1. Passport 2. Valid driver license: foreign driver license are valid in Costa Rica for 90 days. 3. Minimum age for rental is 21 years old. 4. Major credit card (AMEX, VISA, MASTER CARD, DINNERS) with a minimum credit of US $750.00 for the security deposit 5. Travelers Checks and Cash deposits are accepted only for the payment of services.

Sixt Car Rental Discount Rates

High Season is from December 1st to April 30th Green Season is from May 1st to November 30th
Vehicle Daily Rate High Season * Weekly Rates High Season* Daily Rate Green Season* Weekly Rates Green Season* Mandatory Insurance SLDW VAC
Hyundai Accent ¹ $36.30 $229.10 $32.30 $205.10 $12.00 $15.00 $4.00
Hyundai Accent (AT) ¹ $38.30 $241.10 $34.30 $217.10 $12.00 $15.00 $4.00
Suzuki Jimmy ¹ $45.30 $283.10 $40.30 $233.10 $15.00 $15.00 $4.00
Daihatsu Bego ¹ $48.30 $301.10 $43.30 $271.10 $15.00 $15.00 $4.00
Suzuki Gran Vitara ¹ $55.30 $343.10 $49.30 $307.10 $15.00 $15.00 $4.00
Suzuki Gran Vitara (AT) ¹ $57.30 $355.10 $51.30 $319.10 $15.00 $15.00 $4.00
Mitsubishi Montero Sport ¹ $65.30 $403.10 $55.30 $343.10 $22.00 $15.00 $4.00
Mitsubishi Montero Sport (AT) ¹ $67.30 $415.10 $57.30 $355.10 $22.00 $15.00 $4.00
Toyota Prado $75.30 $463.10 $65.30 $403.10 $22.00 $15.00 $4.00
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* Taxes INCLUDED in the rates. Depending on the payment method processing fees may apply.

¹ = Or a similar class vehicle (AT) = Automatic Transmission Daily license plate fee ($0.95) not included in the rates above (SLDW) = Super Loss Damage Waiver (Full cover) (VAC) = Vandalism and Accesories Coverage

Sixt’s Offices in Costa Rica

Hours of Operation: 6:00 am to 10:00 pm Juan Santamaria Airport Office: From the airport 1.5 km east, in Plaza Aeropuerto office C3, next to Grupo Tical, Rio Segundo de Alajuela.

Sixt Rent a Car Terms and Conditions

1. Rental  period is 24 hours. 2. In the case of a late car return the customer will be charged with the daily rate. 3. Cars can not be taken out of Costa Rica. 4. The cost of the additional driver is: US$ 5.00 daily. 5. Free airport transfer when the clients provides complete flight details at least 2 days before arrival, only during their office hours. 6. The vehicle should be returned with the same level of fuel and conditions as received. 7. The client has to present the original voucher, at the moment of the rental.

Additional Services Provided by Sixt Car Rental

All the paid and complimentary services require a previous reservation and an additional security deposit. Mobile Phone Rental: FREE! The customer pays for the minutes used. GPS Navigation System Rental: US$ 9.50 per day Car Rental with Chauffer: Contact Us for a quote Baby seat rental: US$3.00 per day Roof Racks: $3.00 per day Top Luggage Case: $3.00 per day Cooler: $1.00 per day Complimentary: racks and coolers, upon availability

With more than 1000 locations in 70 different countries Thrifty is one of the biggest international car rental companies in Costa Rica. Thrifty Costa Rica has several offices strategically located throughout country and a vast variety of vehicles to choose from. Thrifty Rental Requirements 1. Passport 2. Valid Driver License: foreign drivers licenses are valid in Costa Rica for 90 days. 3. Minimum age for rental is 25 years old. 4. Major credit card (AMEX, VISA, MASTER CARD) with credit enough to cover the deductible (excess) of the chosen insurance, plus the value of the rental. 5. Drivers between 18 to 24 years old may rent and/or drive up to a mid size vehicle (Dahiatsu Bego) paying an additional daily surcharge

Thrifty Car Rental Discount Rates

High Season is from December 15th to April 15th Green Season is from April 16th to December 14th
Vehicles Daily Rate High Season * Weekly Rates High Season* Daily Rate Green Season* Weekly Rates Green Season* Mandatory Insurance AER TPP
Toyota Yaris (AT) $44.30 $277.10 $39.30 $247.10 $13.00 $10.00 $8.00
Toyota Yaris $39.30 $247.10 $37.30 $235.10 $13.00 $10.00 $8.00
Toyota Corolla (AT) $44.30 $277.10 $40.30 $253.10 $13.00 $10.00 $8.00
Suzuki Jimny $46.30 $289.10 $43.30 $271.10 $18.00 $10.00 $8.00
Daihatsu Bego $49.30 $307.10 $46.30 $289.10 $18.00 $10.00 $8.00
Daihatsu Bego (AT) $52.30 $325.10 $49.30 $307.10 $18.00 $10.00 $8.00
Toyota Rav 4 $68.30 $421.10 $63.30 $391.10 $18.00 $10.00 $8.00
Toyota Rav 4 (AT) $72.30 $445.10 $68.30 $421.10 $20.00 $10.00 $8.00
Toyota Prado $85.30 $523.10 $81.30 $499.10 $25.00 $10.00 $8.00
Toyota Prado (AT) $96.30 $589.10 $91.30 $559.10 $25.00 $10.00 $8.00
Toyota Hilux $76.30 $469.10 $69.30 $427.10 $18.00 $10.00 $8.00
Toyota Hi Ace $88.30 $541.10 $81.30 $499.10 $20.00 $10.00 $8.00
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* Taxes INCLUDED in the rates. Depending on the payment method processing fees may apply.

(AT) = Automatic Transmission Insurance not included in the daily or weekly rental prices (AER) = Accident Excess Reduction, price per day (TTP) = Total Protection Package, price per day $0.95 License Plate daily fee is additionally charged and mandatory on all vehicles rented.

Thrifty's Offices in Costa Rica

San Jose: Calle 3, Ave 13, Barrio Amón, San Josea Tel 2523-3232 Alajuela (Aeropuerto Juan Santamaría): From the Juan Santamaria airport 1 Km East, 50 m North, Rio Segundo, Alajuela Tel 2442-8585  /  2523-3232 24 hours Puntarenas: Double Tree Resort by Hilton, El Roble, Puntarenas Tel 2523-3232  /  2663-0661 Liberia (Aeropuerto Daniel Oduber): From the Daniel Oduber airport, 5 km East, Liberia Tel 2665-0787   /  2523-3232 Tamarindo: Tamarindo Vista Villas, Tamarindo Guanacaste Tel 2523-3232  /  2653-0829 Quepos: From the Catholic church, 25 m North, Quepos, Puntarenas Tel 2523-3232   /  2777-3334 Guápiles: Next to the Total gas station, on route 32, Pococí, Limon Tel 2523-3232 Sardinal: Hotel Riu, Guanacaste, Sardinal Teléfono 2523-3233 / 2697-1735

Thrifty Rent a Car Terms and Conditions

1. Rental period is 24 hours. 2. Late car return will be charged with the daily rate. 3. Cars can not be taken out of Costa Rica. 4. Every additional driver has to pay a fee of $4.99 per day, up to 3 additional drivers can be registered paying a fee of $9.99 above the daily rate. 5. Drivers between 18 to 21 years old may rent and/or drive up to a mid size vehicle (Dahiatsu Bego) and will have to pay a $10 daily surcharge, these driver are not and can’t be covered under the PPT insurance policy. 5. No debit cards or cash are accepted for the deposit. 6. Free airport shuttle is provided from and to the offices in Alajuela and Liberia. 7. The vehicle should be returned with the same level of fuel and conditions as received. 9. If the vehicle is driven by a person not authorized by Thrifty Costa Rica all insurances coverage are void. 10. All drivers will have to carry at all time their driver license, identification and rental contract. 11. Absolutely no insurance contracted will cover any sort of accident or damage caused by a driver under the influences of alcohol or drugs.

Thrifty Costa Rica Cancellation Policies

A cancellation notice is required at least 24 hours upon scheduled arrival in order to avoid one day charge penalty.

Additional Services Offered by Thrifty Costa Rica

All the paid and complimentary services require a previous reservation and an additional security deposit. Free Shuttle to the International Airports: only provided by the offices in Alajuela and Liberia. Baby and Booster Seat Rental: US$5.00 per day. Roof Racks: US$5.00 per day Cooler: US$3.00 per day GPS Navigation System: US$10.00 per day

Road Side Assistance Program

All contracts will be automatically enrolled in the Emergency Roadside Assistance Program (ERA) at a surcharge of only $1.99 per day.  Key services (lost or locked in car), tire change, jump starts and gas service in case you run out of gas will be provided at no cost.  If customer prefers not to participate they must decline participation upon rental and be responsible for any Service fees in the event said customers requires any of the services listed above.  

With nine offices throughout Costa Rica, including one near the Alajuela and one close to the Liberia international airports, Adobe is the largest national car rental company in Costa Rica with a modern fleet ranging from budget city cars to luxurious 4×4 SUVs.

Adobe Rental Requirements 1. Passport 2. Valid driver license: foreign driver license are valid in Costa Rica for 90 days. 3. Minimum age for rental is 23 years old 4. Major credit card (AMEX, VISA, MASTER CARD) with credit enough to cover the deductible (excess) of the chosen insurance, plus the value of the rental.  

Adobe Car Rental Discount Rates

High Season is from December 16th to April 15th Green Season is from April 16th to December 15th
Vehicles Daily Rate High Season Weekly Rates High Season Daily Rate Green Season Weekly Rates Green Season Mandatory Insurance (SDW) + (SLI)
Hyundai I10¹ $34.10 $215.90 $31.30 $199.10 $13 $15
Hyundai Getz¹ $35.20 $222.50 $32.60 $206.90 $14 $15
Hyundai Accent¹ $39.10 $245.90 $35.00 $221.30 $14 $15
Toyota Yaris¹ $47.20 $294.50 $41.50 $260.30 $14 $15
Toyota Yaris (AT)¹ $50.40 $313.70 $44.20 $276.70 $14 $15
Suzuki Jimmy¹ $41.90 $262.70 $36.90 $232.70 $16 $15
Hyundai Tucson (2WD)¹ $45.40 $283.70 $39.20 $246.50 $19 $15
Daihatsu Bego ¹ $47.70 $297.50 $41.80 $262.10 $19 $15
Hyundai Tucson (AT)¹ $56.60 $350.90 $46.60 $290.90 $19 $15
Toyota RAV4 (AT)¹ $70.30 $433.10 $59.50 $368.30 $21 $15
Mitsubishi Montero (AT)¹ $100.90 $616.70 $92.10 $563.90 $25 $15
Toyota Prado (AT)¹ $128.20 $780.50 $109.70 $669.50 $25 $15
Mitsubishi L200 $76.70 $471.50 $66.70 $411.50 $21 $15
Hyundai H1¹ $71.50 $440.30 $64.20 $396.50 $21 $15
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Taxes are INCLUDED in the rates. Rates are in US Dollars and subject to changes from the hotel without prior notice Transaction fees may apply depending on the preferred payment method ¹ = Or a similar class vehicle (AT) = Automatic Transmission Insurance not included in the daily or weekly rental prices (SDW) = Supplemental Insurance, price per day (SLI) = Supplemental Liability, price per day Supplemental Insurance (SDW+SLI): This is an additional insurance. It includes the supplemental damage, loss insurance and It extends the coverage for liability up to 2 million dollars, and it covers all deductibles for liability.

Adobe's Offices in Costa Rica

Office hours: 7:30 am a 18:00 pm Office hours at the Juan Santamaria Airport Office: 6:00 am to 19:00 pm or until the last client arrives, previous confirmed flight information. San José: Ave. 12, Street 28, Mall Plaza Aventura, behind the General Cemetery. Tel 2258-42 42 Juan Santamaria Airport: From the Hotel Garden Court, 700 mts. East and 200 mts. South from the Hotel Millenium. Tel  2442-24 22 La Fortuna / Arenal: From Fortuna Central Park, 25 mts South, in front of the Hotel Las Colinas Tel 2479-7202 /2479-7325 Ciudad Quesada: From Central Park, 300 mts. North, diagonal to Servicentro Cutris Tel 2460-0650 /2461-3101/ Fax: 2461-0202 Quepos / Manuel Antonio: Quepos downtown, in front of the main entrance of the soccer field. Tel 2777-4242 Liberia Airport: From the main entrance of the International Airport Daniel Oduber of Guanacaste, 7 km towards Southeast. Tel 2667-0608 Playa Conchal: From Huacas Intersection, 3 Km through Flamingo and Conchal. Centro Comercial Paseo del Mar. Tel 2653-6262 Playas del Coco: Playas del Coco. Centro comercial Pacífico.Tel 2670-0111 Puerto Limón: Puerto Limón. From the Restaurant Black Star Line, 100 East and 25 north. Emergency Number: 2542-4888

Adobe Rent a Car Terms and Conditions

1. Rental  period is 24 hours. 2. After 4 hours of late car return, you will be charged with the daily rate. 3. Cars can not be taken out of Costa Rica. 4. The cost of the additional driver is: US$ 3 daily. 5. No debit cards or cash are accepted for the deposit. 6. Adobe Rent a car offers meet and greet service at the airport when exact flight details are provided. Renter will be received at external arrival gates by an Adobe Rent a Car representative. 7. When flight details are not provided, the customer may call upon arrival for free shuttle service available in San Jose Airport and in Liberia airport at the local toll free number  800 327 9227  at office hours. 8. The vehicle should be returned with the same level of fuel stated in the contract. 9. The client has to present the original voucher, at the moment of the rental.

Adobe Rent a Car Cancellation Policies

A cancellation notice  is required at least 72 hours upon scheduled arrival in order to avoid one day charge penalty. If the vehicle is returned before the scheduled date in the reservation request, no refunds apply.

Additional Services Provided by Adobe Car Rental

All the paid and complimentary services require a previous reservation and an additional security deposit. Mobile Phone Rental: US$ 10 per rent, with no limit on local calls GPS Navigation System Rental: US$ 9 per day Car Rental with Driver: Contact Us for a quote Baby seat rental: US$3 per day Booster seat rental: US$2 per day Complimentary: racks and coolers, upon availability

Carbon Neutral / Clean Trip Program

As part of their commitment with Nature Sustainability, Adobe Rent a Car offers a "clean vacation" to it´s clients. With every rental travelers are automatically billed $2 to compensate the carbon emissions which can be declined upon the customer request. All the money collected in this program will be used to purchase Environmental Services Certificate in order to compensate emissions to the FONAFIFO office.

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