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la fortuna, san carlos,

Average Pick-Up time: 21-30 minutes

9.0 Out of 10 (2 Reviews)

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Brian Reviewed on Mar 31, 2020, 6:02 PM

kept me fully aware of what we were doing at all times

san jose intl airport

Average Pick-Up time: 31-40 minutes

8.5 Out of 10 (45 Reviews)

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Alain33950 Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020, 2:21 PM

• ALAMO hired a poorly maintained car with many kilometers for hire, unsuitable for the roads of Costa Rica. • Through this negligence ALAMO put our lives in danger and it took a stroke of luck for us to get out of it without any injury. • On February 4, 2020, in the middle of the afternoon, we left UVITA towards SAN GERARDO DE DOTA (114km, 2 and a half hour mountain trip). • Already around 6pm, the engine heating we had to take a break. • Around 7 p.m. 10 km from the hotel, we started a very severe descent. • Less than a kilometer from the hotel, the GPS (it probably saved us!) Sent us to a private property. • Realizing our error we wanted to turn around. • The brakes, which for a few minutes had been giving signs of weakness, have failed and we have finished our U-turn. • Fortunately, the GPS deceived us, otherwise we would probably have fallen on a precipice which would have been fatal. • Fortunately, the brakes were released during the U-turn at low speed. • We did little damage to the car (front bumper, possibly front fenders?) And almost nothing at home (a table, 2 crushed chairs and traces of paint on the wall) • The February 12, we received an email from ALAMO Costa Rica with 2 appendices that we were able to open and an invoice of $ 1,126.54. It corresponds to the debit of € 1,077.72 dated 12/02/20 on the card statement at the end of February. • We asked for clarifications by 2 emails to ALAMO, We have had no response to date. • We received a phone call on February 13 or 14 from ALAMO or its service provider for a satisfaction survey. • We explained the concerns we had. The investigator told us that we would be contacted by a French speaking ALAMO person. We have been waiting for his call for MORE than a month.

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Sven Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020, 10:43 PM

The only thing bothering me was that the insurance I bought when makeing the reservation was not valid, so I had to pay for another insutance

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Orgetorix Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020, 4:39 PM

Friendly staff and a car that didn't let us down. Good tires, except for the spare wheel, which luckily we didn't need because the screw in the tire was noticed in a garage.

juan santamaria international airport

Average Pick-Up time: 21-30 minutes

8.0 Out of 10 (3 Reviews)

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GreetS Reviewed on Nov 19, 2018, 2:25 PM

The staff at Dollar was very friendly! Just something like paying extra if you have something for it and it comes to court, if you are not present, you will be found guilty anyway .. Unless you pay 'this' extra .. but that is always that we have 2 to 300 € have to pay extra on the spot. We are no longer afraid of that, it is true in every country, at every rental company ..

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Martin Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018, 10:35 AM

Our Mitsubishi Montero had 83 tkm on the clock, but was in a condition that I first estimated it to be 200 tkm. He was completely bungled and scratched, inside some trim parts had fallen off. Maybe that was not so bad for a tour in Costa Rica, you will not notice ... The staff was as uninterested and rude as in all branches of international car rental companies. At Car del Mar we obviously made a bargain, so the value for money was not that bad.

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Costa1222 Reviewed on Jul 23, 2018, 2:12 AM

Dollar car hire in San Jose is a few minutes from the airport. Transfers went off quickly. Handover went fast. Unfortunately, it is also trying to sell their own insurance with vigor. I got a car in the next higher class.

san jose airport plaza aeropuerto c3

Average Pick-Up time: 51-60 minutes

7.0 Out of 10 (2 Reviews)

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mv Reviewed on Nov 27, 2019, 9:35 AM

This opinion is valid for SIXT, but especially for AUTOESCAPE, so the services have greatly disappointed us: we will not leave with Autoescape anymore! It turns out that the French debit card (the French CB are not credit cards) is a problem to take over a vehicle in Costa Rica, as a priori often in America ... The problem is that this point is not sufficiently highlighted at the time of booking. We can therefore take care of the vehicle with a debit card, only if we take the total risk insurance offered by the renter! Except ALL French are therefore obliged to take it, because no one has ever CREDIT card. This would not be problematic, if this point was emphasized enough, and therefore Autoescape did not offer insurance on its site for the Costa Rican renter! Indeed, we have paid twice for insurance: once at Autoescape, which allows itself to offer it anyway, although they know full well that it will be useless once on site, and a second time at Sixt, just to take the reserved vehicle. We paid more than 300 euros extra on the spot! The owner on site was very patient, and tried to help us, but lost time: Autoescape is unreachable out of office hours, which is a shame! If we have a problem abroad, with jet lag, we can never join them ?! So they are NOT used by anything abroad: to flee for a trip outside Europe! Regarding SIXT itself: no communication at the airport, we had to ask people, with the language barrier we struggled to find the shuttle to go to the landlord, it was not terrible ... Then wait on the spot, because everyone arrives by the shuttle at the same time, so if you go down last, well you wait ... For the return, not terrible either: we must go to the counter again, no specific service to make the vehicle, so you must be lucky and not arrive at the same time as the shuttle! After the rented vehicle was very good, they nosu gave the range above, a 4x4 comfort that climbs very well the odds! And in the end, considering the state of the roads, taking all risks insurance seems an excellent idea! ...

san jose international airport

Average Pick-Up time: 41-50 minutes

6.9 Out of 10 (19 Reviews)

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Justin Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020, 4:05 AM

Costa Rica law requires a special Liability insurance that can’t be refused. This insurance was more expensive at Payless than other car rentals and out it made our $20 per day rental over $60. When comparing rental car companies be sure you know the out the door price.

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Jan Reviewed on Feb 8, 2020, 11:49 PM

The website said total bill would be one amount but when we got there, we found there was an additional $250 worth of liability insurance absolutely required. That should have been revealed in the total cost of the car rent.

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Mark Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020, 2:50 PM

The trip started out rough with Costa Rica guidelines being insurance scams galore. I was able to overcome that fiasco and then started my adventure. Within 30 minutes on the expressway I realized my vehicle needed service. The steering wheel wobbled terribly on the highway. I got to the beach and didn't need the vehicle much so it did not matter. Once I drove to Santa Theresa I realized the jeep was going to break. I called up Payless and they brought a new version of the same vehicle. It worked great from that point forward.

We collected 228 reviews in total for all stations in Alajuela, Costa Rica with an average score of 5.8/10.
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Car rentals in Alajuela, San Jose: What you need to know

San Jose, Costa Rica, is full of diverse neighborhoods like Alajuela. It's in these communities where you can get a true feel for an area like San Jose. But after you're done checking out all the great restaurants and shops in Alajuela, you'll want some wheels to see everything that San Jose provides.

You will need to adhere to a tight schedule and make sure you have the right amount of money if you try to save money by Riding Alajuela's public transportation system. Taxis and rideshares are more convenient, but little trips here and there can add up. Moreover, they may not be readily available when you want a ride right away. Renting a car in Alajuela is the best method to make sure you experience the entirety of the neighborhood and the rest of San Jose on your trip. See below to learn all that you need about car rentals in Alajuela.

Frequently asked questions

What's the best way to get an affordable car rental in Alajuela?

If you are looking for some of the best rates on a car rental, then you've come to the right place. Make sure you get the most savings on your tip to Alajuela by doing a few things:

  • Compare vehicle pricing before you book
  • Try to avoid pick-ups or drop-offs at airports, which usually cost more
  • Determine ahead of time how much mileage/fuel you may use
  • Search and reserve as far in advance as you can

Before you book, make sure you go through the rental policy.

What car do you suggest for Alajuela?

With a variety of vehicle types to decide from, it may be tough to decide which type is ideal for your visit. However, consider your needs and the number of people you're traveling with. Our table below can help you decide what vehicle is the best one for you.

Car TypeBest forCategory includes
Luxury or Premium classWhen you want to travel Alajuela in styleAudi A4, Cadillac XTS, or similar
Minivan or SUVFamilies with a lot of bags and a need for spaceToyota Rav 4, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar
Compact CarGreat for maneuvering in big citiesChevrolet Spark, Vauxhall Corsa, or similar

Do I have to be a certain age to rent a car in Alajuela?

The youngest age to rent a vehicle in most cities, like Alajuela, San Jose, is 21. Please note that there is normally an added charge for anyone under 25 years of old. Moreover, if you plan to rent a higher category vehicle (premium, large capacity, SUV, etc.) there may be further age restrictions. Check the rental car company's policy before you book.

Is insurance required when you rent a car in Costa Rica?

You are required to have insurance before you rent a car in Costa Rica. It may possible to buy additional insurance through the supplier for your trip, if you know your insurance won't cover your rental.

Many of the major credit cards (Discover, American Express, Visa and MasterCard) usually offer coverage. But many have prohibitions, such as not covering bigger vehicles, like premium models or some SUVs. Make sure to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to San Jose. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can book Collision Damage Coverage with at checkout.

What is the fuel policy on my rental car?

At, we suggest a "full-to-full" policy. You receive the vehicle with full tank of gas, and you should return it with a full tank. If you want to save some money, you'll want to fill up your tank before you bring the car back to the supplier. Stations near airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.

Do any Alajuela providers allow one-way rentals?

Many rental car companies offer one-way rentals. It may be more convenient to drop off your vehicle at a different location. However, there is usually an extra fee for one-way rentals.

Do I need unlimited miles when I drive in Alajuela?

Many suppliers provide unlimited miles, but you need to ensure it is part of the package. It's important to consider how much driving you will be doing on your trip to Alajuela. You don't want to be hit with any surprise overages if you don't have unlimited miles, so be sure to go through the supplier's policy. You may want unlimited miles if you're hitting the highway to find out all that is in San Jose.

Book Your Alajuela Rental Car Today

Has an attraction in San Jose intrigued you? Do you have to get to a conference on the other side of town? Don't miss out on one of Alajuela must-sees or be late to your meeting. When you have access to your own set of wheels, you can make sure your visit is following your schedule, and not have to adhere a metro schedule.

Check out our choice of cars from some of the top rental car companies in the nation and select the ideal automobile for your Alajuela adventure. The perfect vehicle is only a few clicks away.

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