Costa Rica Car Rental Discount
Save 10% Plus Get Other Great Perks
Our goal is always to bring you the best info on travel in Costa Rica.
That being said, we are super excited to have partnered with our favorite Costa Rica car rental company, Adobe Rent-a-Car, to bring you a 10% Costa Rica rental car discount!
How awesome is that?!?
Note: There is no discount code needed!
The price you are quoted if using the form above will be at least 10% lower than Adobe’s price (fluctuates to up to a 20% discount depending on the time of year) and includes the other perks we mention below.
Keep in mind that this discount only applies to the car and not the Costa Rica mandatory rental insurance.
Why We Love Adobe Rent-a-Car
We’ve rented cars in Costa Rica several times and have had some negative experiences (which you can read about here). We really don’t want you to go through the same things we dealt with.
When we started renting cars for vacations with Adobe, that completely changed.
We love Adobe Rent-a-Car because they are a local Costa Rican company, are completely transparent in their fees, and have some of the best customer service we have ever experienced.
Because we think so highly of them, we asked if they would be interested in partnering with us to bring Costa Rica Vibes readers a rental car discount.
They said an enthusiastic, “YES!” and here we are! 🙂
Note: We made a step-by-step walkthrough video to show you exactly how the rental car process works. ↓
The Costa Rica Car Rental Discount
Adobe has been so generous in giving some amazing perks for you. Here are all the wonderful things you get by booking your rental car through our website…..
A 10% Discount
This discount fluctuates by season and demand. It will always be at least 10% but sometimes it is actually more like 15%.
FREE SECOND DRIVER
Adobe actually doesn’t just stop at giving you one free second driver. You can actually add multiple drivers at no extra cost. Usually, this costs an extra $4 per day.
This is added automatically onto your reservation if you book through us. When you arrive to pick up your car you can specify who your extra driver(s) are.
FREE ROOF RACKS TO USE
These are available for free to our readers upon request. If you would like roof racks, be sure to add a comment in your reservation saying that you need them. Adobe will be happy to save some for you.
FREE CAR DELIVERY/ PICK UP
Adobe is happy to drop off or pick up your car for free within 12 miles of any of their office locations.
Just indicate which hotel, resort, Airbnb, hostel etc. you will be staying at in the reservation form. In the comment section of the reservation form, you can add any other details about having your car delivered.
If you are staying over 12 miles away Adobe may charge a small delivery fee.
This applies to Liability Protection. It is usually a 20% deductible.
DISCOUNTED SMARTPHONE WITH UNLIMITED DATA
This is a new plan that Adobe has started called “Trio.”
You can get a smartphone with unlimited data to use for your trip for only $12 per day. It is normally $14 per day.
And yes, you can turn it on as a hotspot so multiple people can take advantage of it.
FREE BOOSTER SEAT AND/ OR CAR SEAT
Adobe has three versions of seats that are free to our readers; infant car seats, baby car seats, and booster seats. While making your reservation there will be a box to check off what you need.
FREE AIRPORT PICKUP
Adobe is more than happy to pick you up for free at the airport in their comfortable shuttle.
Just make sure to indicate your flight number and arrival time on your reservation. Someone from Adobe will be waiting for you with a sign when you exit the airport.
It usually costs $9 a day to rent a GPS unit. By booking through us you will only pay $6 per day.
You can compare the price on our site to Adobe directly by following this link. You will see that our price is at least 10% cheaper. Just note this discount is only for the car itself. Unfortunately, Adobe can not give us a discount on insurance.
Also, when comparing the price from our site with Adobe’s site, you can not have two reservation forms open at one time. Otherwise, it will replicate the price and the price will appear the same through our site and Adobe’s.
The other bonuses (0% deductible on Liability Insurance, free second driver) are automatically included by booking through us.
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.
Costa Rica Mandatory Car Insurance
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.
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 Protection fees (you will see it checked off in your rental car booking).
This is one of the many reasons we love Adobe for car rentals in Costa Rica. Most other rental car companies here do not include Liability Protection 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 Protection.
We don’t think this is a good business tactic and neither does Adobe.
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.
This is the final type of car protection that is offered. Total Protection 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. However, it is great if you want to ensure that you are 100% covered in case of an accident.
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, contact them via WhatsApp at 506) 8494-5956 (Monday to Friday, 8 am-5 pm Central Time) or if you are in the US or Canada you can call their toll-free number Mon- Fri from 8 am-5 pm Central Time at: +1(855)861-1250
The Car Rental Conditions
The main condition is that there is a $1,000 deposit on your car rental. This is standard with every Costa Rica car rental company, but we have heard of some companies charging much more.
We suggest paying this deposit with your credit card because it is just a hold and will be returned immediately to you when you return your car if everything is OK.
You can also do this on your debit card, but it can take a few weeks after you return your car for the bank to process this and refund the $1,000 on to your account.
– You need to be 23 years old to rent a car with Adobe.
– You can not rent a car with Adobe if you are over 75 years old.
There are no hidden fees with Adobe. The price you are given online is the total price. Just remember the $1,000 deposit.
Car Rental FAQ
If you have more questions, check out our complete FAQ of Costa Rica Car Rental questions.
Hopefully, this answered all of your questions regarding our Costa Rica car rental 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 are happy to help you out!
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Note: We’ve partnered with Adobe on an affiliate basis to give you this Costa Rica car rental discount. This means that they allow us to give you an amazing discount and promote their business in return for a commission. This allows us to keep making great content on budget travel in Costa Rica for you. By using the form above, you will be taken to the Adobe website. This is a third-party site. Although we absolutely love Adobe, any transactions, agreements, or disputes that happen are between you and Adobe Rent a Car.
154 responses to “Costa Rica Car Rental Discount: Save 10% Plus Other Perks”
When I check the dates for 7/16-7/24 it is the same prices with or with out your link, am I doing something wrong?
HI Sarah, My sisters and I are flying into san jose 2/15, staying with a friend, then heading to Nosara area for 6 nights (yoga retreat). Then driving back to hotel near aiport on 2/23, flying home 2/24.
Everything you said makes sense and I appreciate this information. THe adobe rental quote was $811, which seemed very high. I got some other quotes that included hte same stuff (pretty sure) for 300-400 less. That said, the only 4 wheel drive available was a Mitsubish L200 4X4 manual or similar / GROUP K, which may be a fancy 4 wheel drive car. Am I missing something? I did not even order GPS or anything. Can I get away with not renting this if I am just basically using this car to get from San Jose to Nosara area and back again.
Will Adobe come to my hotel to pick the car up when i’m ready to return it?
Hi Sarah, I tried to reach Adobe via email and phone, but didn’t get any answer and was put on a waiting line without outcome.. My question: Our plane arrives shortly after midnight in San Jose. Do you have any idea if they are able to pick up that late? (Booking via your webpage is available only till 22.00). Thanks, Andrea
A letter from my bank about my car insurance? I dont understand this…How would my bank know if my car insurance covers car rental? Wouldn’t I need a letter from my car insurance company? What am I missing?
Is the rental age for other car rental companies 23? Adobe sounds awesome, but my boyfriend and I will only be 22 when we go to Costa Rica in February. Really, really want to rent a car and hope this doesn’t hold us back! I’ve heard it’s 21 at other companies?
I can’t open the adobe site on your page to access a booking with your discount. The page is partially obscured by your note. What to do?