I plan on renting a car in Alajuela next next week for about 9-10 days. As I understand there is a surcharge for the airport rentals. Is the airport the only option or are off the airport there rental locations in Alajuela?
Actually none of the car companies have cars at the SJO airport, instead the representatives meet you and take you by shuttle to their location very close by. I’m not sure what company you were looking at that is charging a surcharge but I know that some of the big booking sites like Travelocity, Orbitz, etc. don’t always have accurate information and fees for Costa Rica rentals. Most importantly, many of them do not include the basic liability insurance required by law and therefore make it look a lot less expensive than it will actually be. The company that we work with. Adobe, is very up front about any fees you will have to pay and includes them in the quote. You can check out the discount we get for our readers through them here: https://www.twoweeksincostarica.com/costa-rica-rental-car-discount/
Hope this helps you and have a great trip!