Costa Rica Rental Car Discount- Save 10%

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% to 20% 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 10% to 20% cheaper (it fluctuates between 10% and 20% 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), and a free cell phone to use! 

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.

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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.

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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 10% to 20% cheaper.

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.

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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!

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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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22 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Sarah, I reserved a car the other day with Adobe, but no e-mail confirmation. So I e-mailed them, and still no response. I know that I did click ‘reserve’ at the end of my rental process via Costa Rica Vibes website. Thoughts on next move?

  2. After I made the reservation, i got the confirmation email and it says it is not guaranteed until i give them a credit card. Is that accurate? Do I need to call and give the information or can I wait until I get there?

    • Hi Tiffany! Yes they ask for your credit card just to confirm the reservation. Don’t worry. You are not charged for anything until you pick up the car and you can cancel your reservation at any time at no cost. They just don’t want people renting cars and then not showing up or and not letting them know

  3. Your Costa Rica information is so helpful! I just reserved a car using this link. Thank you for the discount! I’m wondering at what point they will tell us we get a free second driver and a free cell phone to use? And I was surprised that they didn’t ask for my credit card…

    • Hi Deb! I’m so happy we could help you out! When you go pick up the car they will see that you booked through us and automatically hand you the cell phone and copy down the license info for both drivers. You pay when you pick up the car (which I think it pretty great so if your plans change at all, you are not locked into anything). Let me know if you have more questions as you plan your trip. We are happy to help you out! 🙂

    • Hi Megan! I just checked and was confused because the discount came up for me, but then I realized what happened. If you search on my site but have a tab open with Adobe’s site as well, it replicates the page. Once you pick your vehicle and get to the page that asks for Customer information, see if it says “Welcome Costa Rica Vibes” in the top right corner. That means you are on the discount from my site. If it says “Welcome iframe client” you are viewing the price from Adobe’s site directly. Another words, I guess you have to search one at a time and can’t have my site and Adobe’s site open at the same time in different tabs. Let me know if you have more questions! 🙂

  4. 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.

    • Hi Jenn. I just checked your dates. You are right. It is super expensive because unfortunately, all the other SUV’s except for the Mitsubishi L200 are sold out for those dates. 🙁 I’d go with a different company for this one so that it is cheaper. Feel free to email me [email protected] if you want to run the names of the other companies by me and I can tell you which have good reputations.
      Also, you can get away without renting a GPS. Roads are a little crazy here though, so having something would help. If you have an unlocked phone you can get a SIM card at the airport or on Google Maps you can now usually type in your destination ahead of time and it will direct you even without wifi. You just have to hit “save for offline” or something like that. Just try it out ahead of time because I sometimes have problems with it.
      Also, you’ll love Nosara! 🙂

    • Hey Scott. I just wrote to Adobe to ask about that because I’m not totally sure. As soon as they answer me I’ll let you know.

  5. 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

    • Hi Andrea! No they will unfortunately not be open that late. Your best bet would be if you are staying near the airport to take an Uber (unless your hotel has a shuttle service) and then have Adobe deliver the car to your hotel in the morning. They open at 5am and will deliver for free within 12 miles of the airport. In your rental car booking there is a comment section. Just let them know which hotel and what time you would like the car. You can also leave any questions in the comment section. They are usually good at responding within 24 hours.

  6. 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?

    • Hi Kenya! Thanks for letting us know that this isn’t entirely clear so we can make it more clear on our site. Fixing it up now!
      Most credit card companies (at least within the US) have some type of rental car insurance included with your credit card plan. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always cover you internationally. You will need to check with your credit card company and ask if you have rental car coverage in Costa Rica. If you have car insurance which covers you for rental cars, that is definitely an option as well.
      I’d suggest checking with both your credit card companies and car insurance company to see if either will cover you if you rent a car in Costa Rica. You then just need to show proof when you pick up your car with Adobe that you are covered for direct car damages, collision, and rollovers as well as total or partial theft of the rental car. If you are unsure if you are covered, I suggest emailing Adobe [email protected] before you book your car with the details of the coverage you have either through your credit card or car insurance. They will get back to you really fast and can tell you if your coverage will be enough.
      Hope this clears things up a bit! Let us know if you have more questions as you plan your trip!

  7. 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?

    • A lot are 23 but let me look into it for you and see if there are any good companies which rent to people younger. I’ll report back! 🙂

    • Check out Vamos Rent A Car. Their minimum age is 18 (at least from what I see online). Also, from what I’ve heard they have a decent reputation. Good luck!

  8. 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?

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