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Costa Rica Car Rental Discount: Get the Best Deal on Your Rental
Our goal is always to bring you the best info on Costa Rica travel.
That being said, we have partnered with Adobe Rent a Car in Costa Rica, to bring you a 10% rental car discount plus some other great perks!
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!
Keep in mind that we make a commission when you book your rental car through us. However, this is at no extra cost to you. In fact, you save money and get the best deals by booking your car through us.
We also want to stress that we genuinely think very highly of Adobe and they would be our #1 car rental company choice in Costa Rica even if we did not work with them.
We have been partnering with Adobe Car Rental since 2017. Thousands of satisfied customers have booked their car rental through us using this discount.
The Costa Rica Car Rental Discount Details
Adobe has been so generous in giving some amazing perks so you can get the best value. 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%. Just note this discount is only for the car itself. Unfortunately, Adobe can not give us a discount on insurance.
Free Additional Drivers
You can add any additional driver at no extra cost. Usually, this costs an extra $4 per day. This is added automatically on to your reservation if you book through us. When you, as the main driver, 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 Drop Off or 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 Portable Router with Unlimted Data
Adobe now has routers that you can rent for the duration of your trip. This includes unlimited data and multiple people can use it at once. This costs $11.30. If you book through us you will only need to pay for the first 10 days. Any additional days are free.
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 Pick Up and Drop Off
An Adobe rental car office is located less than five minutes away from both the San Jose International Airport (SJO) and Liberia International Airport (LIR). When you make your car rental reservation you can include your flight details. Adobe will then pick you up with their free shuttle service and transfer you to the Adobe office.
It usually costs $9 a day to rent a GPS unit. By booking through us you will only pay $6 per day.
You are welcome to drive as much as you want in Costa Rica with your car rental from Adobe. Just note, that you can not take a rental car over the border into Nicaragua or Panama.
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.
Note: No discount code is needed when you use our booking form. By using our booking form you are getting the best price and the added bonuses.
The Adobe Rent-a-Car Booking Process
We made a step-by-step walkthrough video to show you exactly how the rental car process works. ↓
We will also explain the process here.
Reserving Your Costa Rica Car Rental
You will see a booking form below. Fill in your pick-up location, drop-off location and date details.
Note: Juan Santamaria International Airport also known as the San Jose International Airport is listed as Aeropuerto San Jose (SJO). The Liberia Airport is listed as Aeropuerto Liberia (LIR).
When selecting your vehicle, pay attention to how many people the car can fit and the amount of luggage that can fit.
All prices are in US dollars.
Note: If you are unsure what to rent, feel free to email us. [email protected] We recently had the chance to go through every single vehicle that Adobe currently offers. We have a good idea of what is best for your particular needs.
After selecting your vehicle you will be directed to the Reservation Form. On this reservation form, under “Rate” you will see: “Rate Today Blogger” followed by a number. This indicates you are receiving our discount.
You can then choose which car rental insurance you would like (we get more into that below).
You can also fill in your flight information so that Adobe knows exactly when you will be arriving at the airport.
Keep in mind that you can always change your reservation details later if you need to.
For example, if you would like your car delivered to your hotel but haven’t booked a hotel yet, just leave it blank for now. Adobe is happy to update that for you at a later point in time if you need it.
The extra drivers and 0% deductible are automatically applied to all car rentals through our site. When you pick up your car Adobe will see that you rented through us and automatically add these perks.
If you would like to add in the TRIO smartphone plan for $12 a day, or need a set of free roof racks, please leave a comment in the comment section of the rental form to let Adobe know so they can make sure to set those aside for you.
When you are finished, make sure you click “Reserve” not “Save Quote”.
You should get a confirmation email within a few a few minutes with your rental car reservation.
You are then all set! Your vehicle will be waiting for you when you arrive in Costa Rica! 🙂
Also, just note if you need to change or cancel your reservation you can just reply to your confirmation email to get in touch with Adobe. They are usually very good at responding within 24 hours.
You do not have to pay for anything ahead of time. You pay for your car rental upon pick up.
When You Arrive in Costa Rica to Pick Up Your Car
When you arrive at the San Jose Airport or Liberia Airport, just head outside and look for the Adobe employee. They will be wearing a blue shirt and carrying an Adobe sign. They will have your flight number, so they will be waiting for you.
You will then be transported with a comfortable air-conditioned shuttle to the Adobe office which is located less than 5 minutes from the airport. This is at no additional cost.
At the Adobe office, one of the many excellent Adobe employees will finalize your rental, and help get you on your way. They will see that you booked your car through Costa Rica Vibes and will make sure all discounts are applied.
That’s it! You are now free to explore all that Costa Rica has to offer with the flexibility of a car.
A Few Things to Note
- If you are looking for long term rentals (over a month) it is best to contact Adobe directly for an even more discounted rate. Just say you are coming from the Costa Rica Vibes website.
- You are unable to book less than 24 hours in advance online. If you would like to book last minute, contact Adobe directly. Again, mention Costa Rica Vibes to get our discount.
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
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-party property up to $20,000 and basic coverage of third-party injury or death up to $100,000. With the discount, it also includes a 0% deductible instead of the usual 20%.
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 insurance covers:
-Direct car damages, collisions, 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.
If you have a letter from your credit card company stating that you are covered for car protection in Costa Rica through your credit card insurance you will NOT need to pay for the Car Protection.
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.
Please note: In the past, VISA offered credit card rental car insurance that would cover you for car protection in Costa rica to Gold and Platinum card members. Unfortunately, they stopped doing this in 2021.
Total Protection Insurance
This is the most comprehensive insurance 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.
Note: It DOES NOT cover popped tires.
Keep in mind that Total Protection DOES NOT replace Liability or Car Protection. This insurance can be added on top of those if you so choose. It is not a full coverage insurance.
You are NOT required to purchase Total Protection by Costa Rica law. However, it is great if you want to ensure that you are covered more thoroughly 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
Adobe 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.
Adobe Car Rental in Costa Rica FAQs
If you have more questions, check out our complete guide to car rentals in Costa Rica.
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 rental cars? ↓
No discount code is needed when you use our booking form. By using our booking form you are getting the best price and the added bonuses.
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.