Costa Rica Car Rentals

Costa Rica Car, 4x4 truck & SUV Rentals

With 20 years experience in Costa Rica car rentals, we know that good prices, quality vehicles, and excellent customer service are most important to travelers. These companies have all three and are offering discounts up to 20% for our clients. Plus you get our assistance throughout your trip should you need it. Click on the banners below to compare prices and make your reservation yourself. Or you can fill out the Reservation form below and let us find you the best option for your trip.

If you need help deciding on which insurance to choose for your rental vehicle, read this article in our travel blog - 
Car Rentals in Costa Rica - Insurance Decisions


Making reservations for Spring Break or Easter Week?

Easter Sunday is April 9th and the week before is Semana Santa, when Costa Ricans go on vacation. This is also during Spring Break in the United States so expect great demand from March 18th to April 15th. Larger vehicles may sell out earlier than the rest. Also, some car rental companies raise their prices as the supply drops so make your reservation early. Our partners at Alamo are the exception, as they have a vast fleet of all vehicle types and only the largest vehicles and vans sell out a few weeks out.

Estimated advance sell out time for our most popular vehicles:

6 or more passenger vehicles - All Vans, Trucks, Ford Explorer, Toyota Landcruiser, Toyota Rush, Toyota Fortuner - eight to ten weeks
5 passenger vehicles - Hyundai Santa Fe, X-trail, Tuscon, Rav4 - four to five weeks
4 passenger SUVs - Suzuki Vitara, Ssangyong Korando, Mitsubishi ASX - three to four weeks
3 passenger SUVs - Daihatsu Bego, Nissan Kick - two to three weeks
All cars - two to three weeks (travelers want the least expensive option)

Alamo Car Rental Costa Rica

Alamo Car Rental Costa Rica

With Alamo Costa Rica you get:

  • Extra driver for free
  • Only $500 deposit
  • GPS for $8 USD per day
  • Surf racks only $4 USD per day
  • Child seat only $3 USD per day
  • No drop off charge in rentals of more than 3 days
This widget provides an exact quote from Alamo, but does not show our discounted rates. You do not need a credit card to make the reservation. Once reserved, we will get a copy of the reservation and can assist throughout your trip. Use the reservation form below if you want lower prices.


With Vamos Car Rental you get:

  • Free additional driver
  • Free Child seat on request
  • Complimentary ice cooler
  • Special pricing for long term rentals
  • Cell phone/GPS/Wifi hotspot for $5/day
  • Free surf racks!

Adobe Car Rental Costa Rica

With Adobe Car Rental you get:

  • Discounts of 5-15% on your vehicle
  • Extra driver for free
  • Option to waive the collision coverage (with higher deposit)
  • Over a dozen offices around the country

Renting the best vehicle at the best value, from a reputable source - that is what is most important to surf travelers going to Costa Rica.

Greg Gordon, Owner

Here are a few useful tips from the Costa Rica Tourism Office:

Our Costa Rica Car Rental partners are carefully selected and the companies that we use are well respected with a proven track record. We have chosen these car rental companies since they have proven to be very efficient and have maintained the highest levels of customer service and satisfaction. They also staff offices at the airports in San Jose and Liberia Airport, plus Alamo and Adobe have offices in Jaco Beach, Tamarindo, Manuel Antonio, Uvita, Dominical, Nosara, Puerto Jimenez, Golfito, and many other towns throughout Costa Rica. All of their insurance policies are clearly explained here.

There is no extra charges for reserving through us, just added customer service and experience in traveling to Costa Rica. If you cannot find a vehicle that suit your needs using the links above, use our RESERVATION FORM for a customized quote for any vehicle.




When reserving a vehicle through the Adobe Rent a Car, Dollar Car Rental, Vamos Rental Car, or Nomad America websites, they are third-party sites. Any transactions, agreements, or disputes that occur as a result are between you as the customer and these car rental companies. Our relationship with these companies is based only on referring customers in exchange for a commission on each sale. CR Surf Travel Company accepts no responsibility or liability for the negligent acts or omissions of the car rental agencies listed above.

* You MUST be 21 to rent a vehicle in Costa Rica AND have a major credit card in YOUR name for the damage deposit, which is normally $1,000. If you do not meet this requirement please Please DO NOT fill out the form.

GPS Systems and mobile phone rentals are available for an additional charge.

Car Rental Reservation Form

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