Our goal is always to bring you the best info on budget travel in Costa Rica. That being said, we are super excited to have partnered with our favorite Costa Rica rental car company Adobe to bring you a 10% Costa Rica rental car discount! How awesome is that?!?
We’re sure you might have some questions about our Costa Rica rental car discount so we’ve tried to answer them all below.
Costa Rica Rental Car Discount FAQ
Why should I use Adobe for my rental car needs in Costa Rica?
We’ve rented cars in Costa Rica several times and have had some miserable experiences (which you can read about here). We don’t want you to go through the same things we dealt with. When we started renting cars with Adobe that completely changed. We love Adobe because they are a local company, are completely transparent in their fees, and have some of the best customer service we have ever experienced.
Because we love them so much we asked them if they would be interested in partnering with us to bring Costa Rica Vibes readers a Costa Rica rental car discount.
The rate you will get by booking through our blog is not only 5% to 10% cheaper (it fluctuates between 5% and 10% by season and demand) than the rate on the Adobe site, but we also have some great bonuses for you!
If you book your car through us you also get a second driver for free (it’s usually $4 per day), 0% deductible as part of the Liability Protection (it’s usually 20% deductible), a free cell phone to use, free roof racks upon request, and free booster or car seats!
Note: The cell phone is not a smartphone so you can not use it for directions. It is only for making local calls. It is nice to have though for making calls in an emergency. We also like it for basic things like making dinner reservations.
If you would like to compare the price on our site vs. the Adobe site directly, you can do that here.
What is Costa Rica’s mandatory insurance and is it included in the quote?
Costa Rica rental car insurance can be a bit confusing, so here is a complete breakdown of how it works…
When you book a car through Adobe you will have three different protection options. Let’s go through each one.
Liability Protection: This insurance covers basic damages to third parties property up to $20,000 and basic coverage of third party injury or death up to $100,000 with 0% deductible. This insurance is required by law in Costa Rica. Every single person who rents a car needs to purchase Liability Protection.
The price you are quoted when you book your car through our site includes the Liability insurance fees. (You will see it checked off in your rental car booking) This is one of the many reasons we love Adobe. Most other rental car companies in Costa Rica do not include the Liability Insurance in their quote.
This means that when you arrive to start your vacation in paradise the first thing you experience is a rental car agent telling you that you will actually have to pay several hundred dollars more than the price you were quoted online because of the Liability Insurance.
We don’t think this is a good business tactic and neither does Adobe.
Car Protection: This insurance covers:
-Direct car damages, collision, and rollovers
-Total or partial theft of the rental car
Car protection is also required by Costa Rica law. This means when you rent a car with Adobe you need to check off the box for Car Protection.
Most rental car companies in Costa Rica bundle the Liability Protection and Car Protection together, meaning you have to pay for both of them because they are required by law.
If you have a letter from your credit card company stating that you are covered for car protection in Costa Rica you will not need to pay for the Car Protection insurance if you rent with Adobe.
Make sure you bring a letter or email from your credit card company stating you have car protection in Costa Rica to show as proof. Adobe will not accept a basic brochure.
Total Protection: This is the final type of car protection which is offered through Adobe. This insurance covers a tow truck, road assistance, damage to things like windows and tires, and a 4 million dollar coverage for third party injury or death. You are NOT required to purchase Total Protection by Costa Rica law.
If you have questions about insurance you should contact Adobe directly (we here at Costa Rica Vibes are not personally experts in insurance). You can email them at info(at)adobecar(dot)com or if you are in the US or Canada you can call their toll-free number during business hours +1(855)861-1250
What is the deposit?
The deposit is $1,000 for your rental car. This is put on your credit card and reimbursed to you at the end of your trip if everything is OK. This is standard with every rental car company in Costa Rica, but we have heard about some companies charging a much higher deposit. Make sure your credit card limit is high enough in order to make this deposit.
Is there a charge for being picked up/ dropped off at the airport?
Nope, there is no fee! Just indicate in your car rental reservation that you will be arriving at the airport and what airline/ flight number.
An Adobe representative will be there waiting with a shuttle bus to take you to the nearby Adobe office. The rental car office is about five minutes away.
Unfortunately, there are no rental car agencies located at the airports. Every single agency shuttles their customers to nearby offices.
Does Adobe have any extra fees which I’ll have to pay later?
No, Adobe is completely transparent in their fees (which is one of the many reasons why we love them). The price you are quoted online is the final price.
Just remember there is a $1,000 deposit which will be placed on your credit card until you bring the car back.
How do I know I’m actually getting your Costa Rica rental car discount?
You can compare the price on our site to Adobe directly by following this link. You will see that our price is 5% to 10% cheaper. Just note this discount is only for the car itself. Unfortunately, Adobe can not give us a discount on insurance.
Also, if you would like to compare our rate to other rental car agencies make sure that the rate you are looking at with other companies includes the mandatory insurance like Adobe’s rate does.
Often people think another company may be cheaper and then they are hit with the high mandatory insurance costs upon picking up their rental car. We don’t want you to have to go through that.
How old do I have to be to rent?
You need to be at least 23 years old to rent a car from Adobe.
Will Adobe deliver my car to my location?
Adobe is happy to deliver your car to your hotel free of charge if you are within twelve miles of their office. Yeay! If you are further away there may be a fair delivery fee.
Just indicate in the reservation form which hotel, resort, Airbnb, hostel etc. you will be staying at so Adobe knows where to deliver your car. In the comment section, you can add any other details about having your car delivered.
Do I need four-wheel drive?
We recommend four wheel drive to make things easier on yourself, but it is not absolutely necessary in every location in Costa Rica. If you are going to the Nosara area, Monteverde, San Gerardo de Dota, Santa Teresa, or Montezuma we suggest a car with four-wheel drive. These areas are known for unpaved roads which aren’t the easiest without four-wheel drive. We’ve done some of these drives without it, but it hasn’t been easy!
Should I rent a GPS?
You definitely need some type of GPS to get around here. Roads are unclear and constantly changing.
Adobe offers GPS rentals for $9 per day. I know this adds up fast if you are traveling for several days.
If you have an unlocked cell phone the best and cheapest option is to stop at the Kolbi stand in the airport after you get through customs. At the Kolbi desk, you can purchase a SIM card for about $4. This money is then added as a credit to your SIM card.
You can then use Waze to get around. Waze is the best free app we have found for directions in Costa Rica.
We find it usually costs us about $1-$2 a day to use Waze with our Kolbi SIM card. The nice thing about Kolbi is that you can buy minutes at any grocery store or mini market in the country. We have a complete post about using your cell phone in Costa Rica if you need more tips.
Note: This will only work if your cell phone is unlocked for international usage. If you aren’t sure you can ask your cell phone provider, but they may not tell you the truth so that they can get you to purchase an international plan. I have an iphone I purchased through Verizon. They told me it wasn’t unlocked and I couldn’t use it with an international SIM card. I have no problem using my Kolbi SIM card here in Costa Rica.
Do you think I should rent a car?
Yes, we do. In our experience, with our Costa Rica rental car discount, it is almost always cheaper to rent a car than to depend on more expensive day tours which include transportation from your hotel.
We are really into off the beaten path activities which will give you a more cultural experience, support small local businesses, and are cheaper than activities from large companies. To get to these types of activities you almost always need a car.
We understand it can be scary to drive far distances in a foreign country which is why we suggest taking the public bus if you are nervous. You can check out our destination page and learn more about the public bus options from San Jose and Liberia to whichever destination you are interested in visiting.
Once you arrive at that destination you can get a rental car from Adobe for exploring the area. Adobe will happily deliver your rental car within twelve miles of any of their offices for free.
How is driving in Costa Rica?
Drivers in Costa Rica are a bit crazy, but as long as you are a somewhat experienced driver and feel confident in your abilities, you will likely be fine.
We strongly suggest not driving in San Jose. This area of the country has way too many cars on the road at any given time and people drive like maniacs.
If you would like to explore the downtown area, your best bet is to take an Uber. Uber is legal in Costa Rica (for now) and is usually about half the price of a taxi. Just down the Uber app and you’ll be good to go.
Most of the main roads in the country are well maintained. If you’d like to know what the drive is like to your destination just look on our destination page for the area you are planning to visit.
How can I tell if my Costa Rica rental car discount is confirmed?
When you finish your booking make sure to hit “Reserve!” and not “Save Quote”. If you hit “Save Quote” you are only saving the quote and not actually confirming your reservation. As long as you hit “Reserve!” your reservation has been received and there will be a car waiting for you when you arrive at the Adobe office. Yeay!
You should also receive an email within 24 hours confirming your rental. If you do not get an email let us know and we will check into it for you ASAP.
What should I do if I need to change or cancel my car rental reservation?
In your confirmation email, there will be a link (towards the bottom of the email). Just follow this link to edit your reservation.
Hopefully, this answered all of your questions regarding our Costa Rica rental car discount. If you have any other questions, just leave them in the comment section below or email us at: sarah(at)costaricavibes(dot)com and we will be happy to help you out!
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