Costa Rica

Costa Rica, one of the most popular places to visit in Central America, can be easily traveled with a rental car. This allows you to reach those destinations without complications that are difficult to reach with public transportation. The center of this dense network of roads is the capital, San José. The Panamericana runs through San José, which is called the Interamericana in Costa Rica. The network of roads is well developed for Latin American standards. Watch out for potholes - also in the main streets.

For driving in Costa Rica a valid driver’s licence from the country of residence is required. But to avoid discussions with the Police during routine checks it is better to take an international driver's license with you.
The traffic regulations generally correspond to the international standard, as well as the behavior of the other drivers. If you are rather defensive when behind the wheel and don't travel through San José during rush hour, you will have a relaxed vacation with the rental car. Be careful at night: on the one hand because of the possible potholes and on the other side because of non-illuminated cars or other obstacles.

There are normally signs concerning the speed limit in Costa Rica. Otherwise, you may not drive faster than 50 km/h within the city, not more than 80 km/h outside the city and a maximum of 90 km/h on the highway. Radar checks from the police are common.

The network of gasoline stations is dense on the main streets. On the side streets it is recommended to fill the tank when you have the opportunity. Unleaded gas and super as well as diesel are all available.

Which rental car is the right one?

Not all rental cars are suitable for all routes in Costa Rica. Many roads are paved and are in very good condition, but there are also gravel and dirt roads for which we recommend an off-road vehicle. This especially is the case during the rainy season from May to November. For this reason, you will find the necessary information concerning road conditions, estimated travel times and distances for every trip on the maps from If an off-road vehicle is absolutely necessary, this is clearly indicated on the section of the map. Use this information when planning your trip in Latin America.