Best Car Rental Agencies in Costa Rica

I’m no stranger to Costa Rica, having lived in the country, owning several properties, and being an annual visitor at the very least dating to 2000 has led me to numerous car rental agencies.  I’ve tried them all, and have the scars and stories to show for it!

Today I’ll unveil the best car rentals in Costa Rica as well as link you to experiences where you can read more about each company.

For me, the best way to find a car in Costa Rica is to use DiscoverCars.  

My #1 Costa Rica Rental Car Source
Why Discover Cars Beats Going Direct
  • Compare Local Rental Car Companies
  • Lower Prices 😎
  • No Hidden Fees
  • One Stop Shop With No Hidden Fees
  • Zero Hassle at Pick-Up (No matter who you choose)
  • Read Real Customer Reviews Prior to Booking
  • Free Cancellation

Before you say “WHO?” hear me out.  DiscoverCars is a third party search engine and agency that curates all car rental agencies in Costa Rica and allows you to book them – often at better prices – right through their website.  They make international car rental EASY.

Costa Rica Rental Car Agencies
Here is a hypothetical example of a search for a car for 41 days on DiscoverCars.

Simply plug in your dates of travel, your pick up location, and click “Search Now” and you’ll be presented with options from all car rental agencies in Costa Rica.  You’ll recognize the global brands offer car rentals in Costa Rica, but you can also opt use a more local brand if the vehicle and price make sense to you.

The best part is the search engine shows actual reviews of the Costa Rican rental car agencies, so you can really narrow your search and find the company you feel rates the highest.

Which Car Rental Agencies are in Costa Rica?

Here is a list of Costa Rica rental car agencies you will come across as you search:

As you can see, there are plenty of options, and the search can be confusing if you are trying to compare all of these companies!  This is where DiscoverCars really helps as you can rely on the Costa Rica rental car company reviews left by actual consumers in just one place!

Please note that not all companies have an affiliation with DiscoverCars, and a lot of the times they change their offerings to only show the best car rental companies in Costa Rica, or wherever else you search.  This is because as a trusted third party booking source, they are sticking their reputation on the line every time they book on behalf of a customer.  They also act as your go-between should you have any issues with the companies and they truly have their customers best interests in mind, so you won’t have to be the one doing the haggling if something happens when you turn in your car.

What is the Best Car to Rent in Costa Rica?

I recommend a 4×4.  You will no doubt encounter some terrain that will not be like what you are used to back home.  Expect bumpy roads, gravel roads at times, and a lot of potholes.

You can rent jeeps, SUV’s of all sizes, and of course, sedans, but my suggestion is to get a 4 x 4 and I’ve been traversing Costa Rica for 23 years.

Discover Cars Information

They also offer the best car insurance policy, in my opinion, in Costa Rica.  You can learn more about that on my DiscoverCars review.

Again, the huge advantage here is that you book through them to find a better price, but also have a seamless pick up.  Simply bring your voucher to the rental car agency, and you’ll be off to start your trip.

Car Rental Agencies in San Jose, Costa Rica

If you are looking for a a San Jose Costa Rica rental car agency, you will find the following companies:

  • Enterprise
  • Mapache
  • Solid Rent a Car
  • Car Rental San Jose
  • Amigo Rent a Car
  • CR Save
  • 506 Car Rental
  • National Car Rental
  • Budget
  • Adobe
  • Sixt
  • Economy

While San Jose is the Capital of Costa Rica and the major travel hub, the other major airport is the Liberia airport, and you’ll find many options rental cars in Liberia, Costa Rica, as well.

Car Rental Agencies in Liberia, Costa Rica

Here is a full list of car rentals in Liberia airport.

  • Enterprise
  • Budget
  • Avis
  • Mapache
  • U Save
  • Sixt
  • Nativos
  • Fox Rent
  • Liberia Renta Cars
  • Alamon
  • Toyota Rent a Car
  • EuropCar
  • Costa Rent a Car
  • Solid / Nu Car Rental
  • National
  • Flexways Costa Rica
  • Poas Rent a Car
  • Ace Rent a Car
  • Green Motion
  • Cash Rent a Car

As you can see, there are many car rental agencies in Costa Rica.  My best advice I could offer you to have the best experience is to use and take the guesswork out of renting cars.

Costa Rica is a very safe place to drive, and there is a lot to explore. If you ever have any questions, please contact me and I’ll personally help you out as I’m an expert Costa Rica travel guide.

Safe travels!



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Tim Schmidt is a 20+ year Entrepreneur and Digital Marketer. A Fort Lauderdale-based "Digital Nomad," he enjoys traveling as much as possible with family and friends. AllWorld is his escape to document all of his adventures, including being a hardcore "foodie." He has property in Costa Rica and visits several times each year and is happy to offer his expert advice for planning your trip.

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