Costa Rica Car Rental Discount: Save 10% Plus Other 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 plus some other great perks!
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 through many different rental companies 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 insurance coverage. 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 car rental 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 third party 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 rental car 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.
Note: Please check your credit limit and have it increased if needed. Our friends recently visited from Europe and their card got blocked because the $1,000 hold was over their daily card limit.
– You need to be above the minimum age of 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 or extra costs with Adobe. The price you are given online is the total price. Just remember the $1,000 deposit.
Car Rental FAQ’s
If you have more questions, check out our complete FAQ of Costa Rica Car Rental questions.
Hopefully, this answers 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!
Ready to get the best prices on your Costa Rica renta cars? ↓
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”
my flight lands at 11pm April 14 but we are 30 min from the airport and dont want to have to uber back to pick up our car the next day. I see that they close early, what do you recommend I do? thanks for the help!!!! is there another rental service that doesn’t charge crazy extra fees that would be open late?
At the moment I am reading a lot on your blog because me and my boyfriend are going to Costa Rica at the end of August this year. We would love to book a car at Adobe with your discount but the links are not working anymore. It would be great if you could send me the discount!
Can I use my existing drivers license from USA or do I need anything extra to drive and rent a car in CR?
Trying to book through your site and while some discount is showing, the benefit of $0 deductible, etc that you mention is not reflected. How/when will these be applied?
Also, we are going from LIR to Playa Grande/Guanacaste for a few days then to La Anita Rainforest Ranch in Alajuela, then back to LIR. Probably will not venture out too far from our hotels because my activities are currently limited post-surgery. Any thought about whether we are okay with a sedan vs must have an SUV? Thanks in advance!
I checked prices with your link and then closed everything and checked prices from just going directly to Adobe’s website and it was the same price. Do you have any suggestions? I am not seeing any saving by going thru your link.
Hi, I’m looking to rent a car from Adobe Nov. 25 to Dec. 1, 2019. I picked the Hyundai Tuscon, but I can’t see the mileage. Does Adobe have Unlimited Miles and will it apply to this rental car?
I haven’t gotten a reservation confirmation. Do I re enter my info?