Costa Rica Rental Car Discount – Save 10% or More
If you need a rental car for your upcoming trip to Costa Rica, we’ve got great news. We’ve teamed up with Adobe Rent a Car to get discounts and other perks for our readers. Adobe is one of the most reputable rental car companies in Costa Rica. They have many locations throughout the country, a large fleet, great customer service, and their prices are competitive, even before this added discount. We’ve rented from them several times in the past and have always had a great experience.
How it Works
1. To get the special discount, book your rental using the form below. Simply put in your search parameters (pick-up and drop-off date, time, and location) and click Go.
2. You will then be taken to Adobe’s website to complete your reservation using their reservations system. You will know you are in the right place because you will see “Welcome Two Weeks in Costa Rica” in the top right.
- A discount will be automatically applied. It will be 10% or more below Adobe’s current best rates.* NO SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE IS NEEDED.
- GPS will be $6/day (regularly $9/day)
- Our readers also get a free second driver, free emergency cell phone, free delivery/pick up to nearby hotels, and free car seats or booster seats. Just write in the notes when you make your reservation online which of these extras you need.
3. After you complete the reservation-request form, click Reserve. You will then receive an email from Adobe with the details of your reservation. IMPORTANT: Please note that selecting Save Quotation will not actually hold the car; it will only send you a copy of the quote. You must select Reserve to make a booking. If you do not receive an email with a confirmation number after making a reservation, let us know and we can contact Adobe.
*Adobe’s rates fluctuate, but our discount should always be at least 10% below their current rates. To compare the discount with Adobe’s regular rates for yourself, go directly to their website, http://adobecar.com/, and put in your search parameters.
If you get an error message when using this form, try a different browser or contact us at jennandmatt(at)twoweeksincostarica(dot)com so we can get you a manual quote.
FAQs About Renting a Car in Costa Rica
Q: What is Costa Rica’s mandatory insurance and is it included in the quote?
A: Costa Rica has a government-imposed basic liability insurance on rental cars. Adobe and all rental car companies in Costa Rica must impose this charge and you can’t decline it by law, even if you have other forms of coverage. Unlike many companies, Adobe does include the mandatory insurance in its quotes. It is a separate line item called Liability Protection on the booking screen online and in the confirmation that they email after you make a reservation.
Car Protection is separate and covers damage to the rental car. This can be declined only if you can show proof that you have coverage through your credit card or other insurance. You can also purchase additional, Total Protection, insurance when booking or at the counter.
IMPORTANT: When comparing different rental companies, make sure that they are including the mandatory liability insurance in the quote. Since this insurance cannot be declined, it will be added to any quote once you arrive, potentially adding hundreds of dollars to your reservation. Other rental car companies and also booking engine sites like Orbitz and Travelocity often seem a lot cheaper but it’s just because they don’t include this fee upfront.
Q: What is the deposit?
A: All companies put a hold/deposit on your credit card at the time of rental in the event of damage to the car. Adobe’s deposit is $1,000-1,500. A credit card is required for the deposit; debit cards are not accepted.
This is something else to watch out for. We have heard of deposits up to $8,000 with some companies!
Q: Is there an airport surcharge?
A: No. Adobe does not impose a surcharge to pick up from the airport. Some of the other rental companies and third-party booking sites do have an airport surcharge so be sure to look out for it.
Q: Airport Pick-ups/Drop-offs – Can I get the car right from the airport?
A: None of the rental companies have cars at the airport (either San Jose or Liberia), but their offices are not far away. Include your flight details when making your reservation and they will be waiting outside the airport for you, holding an Adobe sign. They will then take you to their office in an air conditioned shuttle van a few miles down the road where you will pick up the car.
There are often a lot of people right outside the airport and it can be hectic and chaotic. The Adobe rep will be looking for you and will be wearing a blue shirt. If you don’t immediately see them, just ask someone to point them out. Generally, they stand in the same place all the time and other companies, drivers, taxi services, will be able to lead you that way.
Q: Free Hotel Delivery – Will Adobe deliver my car to my hotel?
A: Yes. Adobe offers free delivery to hotels within 12 miles of their offices. This is a convenient option if you’re flying in late or have an early morning flight.
Q: I don’t see an Adobe location where I want to rent or drop-off. Is there a delivery/drop-off service?
A: Yes. Adobe can deliver a car to you or pick it up from your location for free or a fee, depending on how far away their closest office is. This is common for people traveling to Sierpe/Drake Bay and La Pavona/Tortuguero. For a full list of the towns Adobe serves and delivery/drop-off fees, visit their website. When booking with our widget, you’ll want to choose the closest Adobe office to the location and then add specific details in the comment section of the rental form. For example, to pick-up/drop-off in Sierpe or Dominical, choose the Uvita office. For La Pavona, choose the Guapiles/P.N. Tortuguero office, etc.
Q: What is the minimum age to rent?
A: For Adobe, you have to be at least 23 years old. Other companies accept younger drivers but there may be an additional daily fee.
Q: Where can I find more information?
A: You can find more details about insurance and Adobe’s policies on their website.
FAQs About Driving in Costa Rica
Q: Do I need four-wheel drive?
A: You don’t need four-wheel drive everywhere in Costa Rica and can save some money by not getting a 4x4 unless necessary. Most of the roads leading to well-known tourist destinations are well paved but there are exceptions. Parts of Costa Rica remain rugged, and an SUV with higher clearance and four-wheel drive can be both necessary and more comfortable for driving on rough dirt roads. If you’re visiting any of the following areas, opt for 4-wheel drive: Monteverde, Nosara, the Southern Nicoya Peninsula (Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Montezuma), and San Gerardo de Dota. Many roads around Uvita and Dominical lead into the mountains and also require 4x4. Additionally, if you plan to explore off the main roads anywhere in the country, a 4-wheel drive would be useful.
For more information on the road conditions of all major routes in Costa Rica, read our separate post.
Q: Do I need GPS?
A: Costa Rica is infamously known for its poor signage. You will rarely see any road signs, and directions are typically given based on landmarks, for example “100 meters past the old mango tree.” (Check out this humorous Wall Street Journal article for more.) Driving in and out of the capital city of San José is particularly difficult and it is very easy to get lost. Our tip is to get a GPS or be sure your phone is enabled for use in Costa Rica so that you can use its maps feature or the popular Waze navigation app.
Q: What is driving in Costa Rica like?
A: We’ve written a detailed post to help you know what to expect. It covers general road conditions, driving at night, pedestrians, signage, keeping yourself safe, and more. You can find it here.
If you are having trouble reserving a car through our website, you can contact us by e-mail at jennandmatt(at)twoweeksincostarica(dot)com.
When using the form above, you will be taken to Adobe Rent a Car’s website, a third-party site. Any transactions, agreements, or disputes that occur as a result are between you as the customer and Adobe Rent a Car. Two Weeks in Costa Rica, Inc. accepts no responsibility or liability for the negligent acts or omissions of Adobe Rent a Car. Our relationship with Adobe Rent a Car is based solely on referring customers in exchange for a commission on each sale.