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Guanacaste car rentals

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Cheap car rentals in Guanacaste

EconomyC$ 8/day
IntermediateC$ 8/day
SUVC$ 16/day
Full-size SUVC$ 7/day
MiniC$ 7/day
Premium SUVC$ 13/day
Compact SUVC$ 7/day
Intermediate SUVC$ 9/day
Standard SUVC$ 9/day
Supplier choiceC$ 36/day
Supplier choice SUVC$ 44/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for renting a car in Guanacaste

  • You can freely explore the entire Guanacaste region with Costa Rica car rentals in Guanacaste. With a rental, you have full control of your vacation since you can set when to leave and return to your hotels. Use of public transportation like buses confines your schedule to the bus times. We recommend acquiring a 4x4 vehicle since rainy weather is dominant in Guanacaste. Dirt roads in rural areas get very slippery, and some roads get flooded.
  • Guanacaste laws state that it's mandatory to have car seats for children aged 12 and under or weighing less than 80 pounds. In particular, children up to 13 kg (28.5 lb) should be fastened in a rear-facing car seat in the middle seat of the vehicle. Children below four years and weighing less than 18 kg (40 lb) should be in a front-facing car set. Those between four to six years or 25 kg (55 lb) and less should be in a booster seat with a back, while those above should be in a booster without a back.
  • You can drive Guanacaste car rentals throughout Guanacaste and Costa Rica without any restrictions. All car rental agencies allow driving in Costa Rica, but only a few allow crossing the border to other countries. If you wish to cross the border with your rental into Panama or Nicaragua, you should inform your rental provider. Car rental agencies like Enterprise will provide a vehicle exchange at the border, and you will also pay a cross-border fee. You can also return your rental to any location within the country on request.
  • Most local drivers in Guanacaste lack good road etiquette. It's not uncommon to find drivers switching lanes and overtaking without giving you a proper signal. You will share roads with motorcycles, so watch out for them while driving. Also, bigger motorized vehicles are common to run into when driving on rural roads. Ensure you maintain a safe distance between your rental and these vehicles. Moreover, police commonly conduct random checks on roads, so don’t be alarmed when this happens.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Guanacaste for C$ 26 or less
  • Book your rental car in Guanacaste at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Guanacaste are around 43% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Mini rental cars in Guanacaste are around 119% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Guanacaste

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Guanacaste?

    On average a rental car in Guanacaste costs C$ 17 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Guanacaste?

    Economy (Nissan Tiida or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Guanacaste.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Guanacaste?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at MEXRENTACAR (C$ 7/day), U-Save (C$ 7/day) and Economy Rent a Car (C$ 8/day).

  • What is the best rental car company in Guanacaste?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Guanacaste is Alamo (8.1, 52 reviews).

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Guanacaste?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • Where should I rent a car in Guanacaste?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Guanacaste are Liberia (98% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Guanacaste), Tamarindo (1%) and Coco (1%).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Guanacaste?

    On average a rental car in Guanacaste costs C$ 268 per week (C$ 38 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Guanacaste?

    On average a rental car in Guanacaste costs C$ 1,147 per month (C$ 38 per day).

  • Should I rent a car in Guanacaste?

    Yes, a set of wheels come in handy when you have a packed itinerary during your visit to Guanacaste. When you have a rental, you take control of your vacation. Instead of being under the mercy of bus and train schedules while in town, make your schedule. Leave for a road trip at your own time. Although buses run to several areas in Guanacaste, they mostly run to destinations in the coastal parts and beaches. This makes them unreliable if your itinerary involves exploring other areas as well.

  • What is driving like in Guanacaste?

    You will drive on the right side in Guanacaste and overtake on the left. Driving Guanacaste rentals under the influence of alcohol is an offense punishable by a fine, and you should not be behind the wheel if your BAC is more than 0.05%. Also, don’t exceed speed limits on the road. The speed limits in Guanacaste are relatively lower than in most places due to its wet climate. Do not exceed 40 km/h (25 mph) within cities and 50 km/h (30 mph) in towns. The limit around school zones is 20 km/h (12 mph).

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in Guanacaste?

    The minimum age requirement for renters is 21. Those between 21 to 24 years will incur an underage surcharge. On the other hand, travelers above 85 cannot rent a car in Guanacaste. Renters should also provide a valid driver’s license from their country of residence. You will need an international driver’s permit if you have a digital driver’s license or a license in the non-Roman alphabet. You also need a major credit card like Mastercard, which has names matching those on the driver’s license.

Car rental directory

  • alamo

    Alamo car rental locations in Guanacaste

    18 Locations

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car rental locations in Guanacaste

    18 Locations

  • national

    National car rental locations in Guanacaste

    18 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car rental locations in Guanacaste

    14 Locations

  • economy

    Economy Rent a Car car rental locations in Guanacaste

    8 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car rental locations in Guanacaste

    7 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in Guanacaste

    6 Locations

  • amigorent

    Amigo Rent A Car car rental locations in Guanacaste

    5 Locations

  • easycar

    easyCar car rental locations in Guanacaste

    5 Locations

  • adobe

    ADOBE car rental locations in Guanacaste

    4 Locations

  • flexways

    FlexWays car rental locations in Guanacaste

    4 Locations

  • adoberentacar

    Adobe Rent A Car car rental locations in Guanacaste

    3 Locations

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C$ 38/day

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C$ 26/day

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