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Juan Santamaria International Airport

Average pickup time: 51-60 minutes.
5.3 out of 10 (6 Reviews)
7 /10
" "Friendliness 70%
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" "Cleanliness 80%
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7.3 /10
" "Pickup time 73%
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" "Overall value 56%
1 out of 5
Birder54Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019, 1:37 PM
Horrible service - not just me, many others. Each customer's transaction took 30 minutes or more - there was a long line and only 2 desk clerks. Waited more than an hour -- and then there were no cars available for at least another hour. Again, not just me -- many other customers. When I returned my car a week later, a whole new crop of customers was going through the same agony.
1 out of 5
SelifelReviewed on Feb 6, 2019, 2:34 PM
According to Car del Mar, the rental car should be picked up directly at the airport. That's not true. We were taken to the budget store with a shuffle, although this was not far, it was not the booked. Arrived there we had to wait 1/2 hour until an employee took care of us. After that it did not have a manual Toyota Rush anymore, as paid and supposedly reserved, but we got a Daihatsu, so a class lower. Afterwards a long discussion about additional insurance, although I have clearly stated that I have insured everything about Car del Mar incl. You said then, you can not clarify that because Car del Mar is not available (time difference). Since my English was not so good and my insecurity now very large insurance I then in addition to the occupant insurance nor the Minimun to insurance booked. All in all, my credit card was now additionally charged with CHF 352.80 in the budget. So I think the communication between Car del Mar and Budget is inadequate. Budget would have to be informed about the already booked insurance in advance somehow in writing. Incidentally, we were not the only ones who had to face this dilemma that day and did not get the car that was reserved for them and had a lot of discussion about insurances. The whole thing has certainly dragged over 2 hours, because some had to wait for cars, as they came back and still had to be cleaned. The car return was OK.
1 out of 5
BridgetReviewed on Feb 3, 2019, 4:08 PM
I rented a car off Carrentals.com for 10 days in Costa Rica thru Budget. My reservation breakdown was $13.60/day ($136) + estimated taxes and fees of $31.24 + the Collision Coverage sold by Carrentals.com (offered by Allianz) for an additional $99. I expected to arrive in Costa Rica and spend approx $267 on this rental car. Well that sure didn't happen. The minute I arrived the guy at Budget informed me that my insurance was inadequate and that I needed to purchase more. I was immediately skeptical, so I stepped aside and called Allianz to confirm. Allianz informed me that the Collision Coverage was indeed not full coverage and only covered me if someone hit the car (not me hitting anyone else). What a scam. I had to buy Budget's additional coverage for an extra $200 and on top of that they put a credit card hold deposit for over $1,000! Never again.

Frequently asked questions

What are the major attractions in Alajuela?
If your trip to Alajuela is all locked in but your travel itinerary is a bit on the empty side, we can give you a helping hand.Close to the center, City Mall is one spot you might like to consider adding to your must-see list. Parque Juan Santamaría and ARA Project are also not far away and worth taking the time to see.
What are the best road trip destinations near Alajuela?
Around 40 miles from Alajuela, Copey brings in lots of visitors. Enjoy the sights and sounds and say hello to some of the locals. Páramo is another well-liked option. You’ll find it 50 miles away. Come and discover what this place is all about.
What kind of rental car should I get for Alajuela?
No other mode of transportation can give you convenience and freedom like your own car. Whatever the reason for your trip to Alajuela, CarRentals.com has a great selection of vehicles to take your pick of. On a city break with your partner? Get a little cozy by renting a mini or convertible. Lots of fun to drive and easy to park, you’ll adore sitting next to each other in one of these little rides. A minivan is perfect for families. There’s plenty of space for everyone and you can go where you want, when you want. If you’re on a business trip, a premium car will take you from one meeting to the next in luxury and comfort.
Should I get a luxury rental car in Alajuela?
For some, owning a high-end vehicle is the stuff that dreams are made of. But renting the car of your dreams is as easy as a few clicks! Imagine the joy of rolling into town in a classy convertible, even if it’s only for a little while. Or maybe all you want is a reliable set of wheels to bring you safely from A to B. Extravagant or economical? Whatever you decide, there’s a rental car to suit your style in Alajuela.
Does Alajuela have peak-hour traffic?
As the population of Alajuela is only 47,500, you shouldn’t have too much trouble with traffic congestion. That said, downtown streets generally get busy before and after work hours, so you may want to avoid driving during these times.
Is it difficult to park in Alajuela?
It can be challenging to find a car space in Alajuela. Once you get your hands on one, make sure you read the signage carefully. Overstaying the specified time limit or parking in a restricted zone can take a big chunk out of your vacation budget.
What happens if I get a speeding fine while driving a rental car in San Jose?
Normally, one of two things will happen. Your chosen car rental company may bill the amount stated on the fine to your credit card. This is the usual approach. Or it may supply your contact information to the relevant local authority so the fine is issued straight to you.
Are seat belts compulsory in San Jose?
They are, so buckle up. However, there are some exceptions for certain vehicles used by public transportation networks.
Is it illegal to use a cell phone while driving in Alajuela?
Like many places, normal cell phone usage is prohibited while driving in Alajuela. An exception applies for hands-free or Bluetooth capabilities. Just make sure you stay focused on the road.
What are the rules around drink driving in Alajuela?
While operating a vehicle in Alajuela, it’s a criminal offence to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) of over 0.05%. Thinking of having a drink or two over lunch or dinner? Consider grabbing a taxi or using a ride-sharing service.

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