adobe rent a car

The largest local car rental company in Costa Rica with no hidden costs and total protection, zero deductible insurance available. With 25 years of continuous success. Youngest car hire fleet and long term rentals or Renting.

  • services
  • terms and conditions
  • coverage

vehicle delivery

  1. Free shuttle service from the Airports Juan Santamaría (Alajuela) or Daniel Oduber (Liberia) to our offices.
  2. Drop off fees apply when returning a vehicle in another Adobe Rent a Car office different from the one where the rental took place.
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  3. Rental place and hour should be clearly stated in the reservation.

specialized road assistance

Free if you choose SPP Insurance.

  1. Towage service for the rented vehicle, when involved in an event.
  2. Continued trip service for the client to the next destination. This is done with a taxi or similar transportation.
  3. Basic road assistance at the site.
  4. Locksmith service in case of misplaced or keys inside the vehicle.
  5. Ambulance service, in case of a medical emergency due to an accident.
  6. 24 hour service.
  7. Bilingual call-center

  1. Tire change.

GPS rental (Global Positioning System)

  1. A US$250 deposit is required in case of damage or loss.
  2. Deposit should be made with a credit card.
  3. Subject to availability.
  4. Previous reservation is recommended.

portable Wi-Fi hotspot rental

  1. Holds up to 5 devices connected.
  2. Subject to availability.
  3. Previous reservation is recommended.

car and driver program

Cost: please consult the Reservations Department for a quote.

  1. Driver: Spanish.
  2. Food and lodging costs of the driver.
  3. Full coverage for the vehicle with US$0 deductible.
  4. No deposit for the deductible is required.
  5. Cellular rental.

  1. A minimum of 3 consecutive days rental is required.
  2. The driver should not work more than 8 hours.
  3. Fuel is not included in the costs.


The use of baby seat or booster seat is mandatory in Costa Rica for all children under 12 years. If needed, please contact our Reservations center for guidance.

  1. Rental of Baby seat.
  2. Rental of Booster seat.
  3. Coolers: complimentary.

In all cases:
Please reserve in advance and service is subject to availability.

monthly and annual rentals

Monthly rentals: rent of vehicles for a period of one consecutive month (thirty days) in which only twenty-two (22) rental days are charged at the corporate rate or at the rate assigned at the moment of the rental. Eight days are given for free.

Annual rentals: rent of vehicles at a lower cost and without guarantee deposit for a 365 day period. Use the same car during the whole period without the need of changing the unit. In addition, total insurance with $375 deductible is included in the rate, including road assistance.

Rent a vehicle up toa 3 year term, at a very special price and with all the benefits of using a rental vehicle.


Operating lease of vehicle fleets or long term fleet rentals, which solves issues related to fleet financing, acquisition, ownership, maintenance, and management. This option offers a brand new car, adjusted to your needs. The most complete renting in Costa Rica.

  • Advice on car choices
  • Purchasing and selling the car
  • Complete coverage package with $375 deductible
  • Fleet management
  • Insurance claims
  • Ownership expenses
  • Maintenance control
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Replacement cars
  • Roadside assistance
  • GPS services, tracker, alarm, tinted windows, bodywork and other accessories

rental requirements

  1. Valid Driving License from its country of origin, the renter and the driver(s) must present it in original. A driving license issued abroad is valid for 90 days in Costa Rica from the immigration entry stamp data on passport.
  2. Driver´s license must be printed in Roman alphabet. For Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Cyrillic, Hebrew, etc. driver licenses, it has to be complemented by an International driving license.
  3. Present your valid passport and driver´s license at time of pick up.
  4. Present your Credit Card (only MasterCard, VISA or American Express accepted) to cover the US$1,500 deposit of guarantee required for renting a car. Cash and debit cards are not accepted for the deposit, only credit card.
  5. Minimum rental age is 23 years old, maximum age to rent a caris 75 years old.


  1. Rental period is 24 hours.
  2. After 4 hours of late car return, you will be charged with the daily rate.
  3. Cars can not be taken out of Costa Rica.
  4. Adobe Rent a Car offers meet and greet service at the airport when exact flight details are provided. Renter will be received at external arrival gates by an Adobe Rent a Car representative.
  5. When flight details are not provided, the customer may call upon arrival for free shuttle service available in San Jose Airport and in Liberia airport at the local number: 2542-4800 (San José) and 2667-0608 (Liberia) at office hours. When closed, please call emergency 24/7 number: 2542-4888.
  6. Complimentary delivery of the car to your hotel in the cities we attend.
Delivery & Collection

During Opening Hours

Delivery/Collection Service is free of charge in the same Car Rental Company office. If Delivery location is different to the Collection location an extra fee must apply, no matter of the length of the rental. Please contact the Car Rental Reservations Department to know the fees.

Delivery or Collection Service in hotels nearby the Car Rental Company offices (ratio of 15 Km around the offices) is available; it is on request and has no extra fee. Please contact the Car Rental Reservations Department or the local rental station.

Out of Opening Hours

Delivery Service is on request at Airport facilities. For Delivery after hours the full information of the Arrival Flight must be provided in advance. Please contact the Car Rental Reservations Department. Collection of cars must be done during opening hours.

Notice: All our services in SJO or LIR airports are Meet and Greet, with free shuttle service in/out to the International Terminal.

One-Way Rentals

Within Costa Rica

All One-Way Rentals are upon request and fees may apply.

The minimum rental period is 3 days, if the rental is required between Adobe Rent a Car locations.

A full chart with detailed fees is provided in the agreement of services; if you need further information, please contact the Car Rental Reservations Department.

Notice: international one-way rentals are not allowed. The cross-border option is not allowed.

Rental Periods

Rental period is based on 24 hours of continued use.

A 1-hour tolerance for late returns is granted, later hours carry out extra fees; after 4 hours delay a full day is charged.


All accessories must be booked in advance and are subject to availability, our offer is:

Accessory Price
Baby seat (under 12 years old or less
than 110 cm height)
US$3 per day
Children seat (under 12 years old or less
than 145 cm height)
US$1 per day
Surf Racks
US$3 per day
GPS – a US$250 deposit by credit card
is required
US$9 per day
Mobile Telephone with local prepaid
card (60 minutes local calls)
US$10 per rental
WiFi US$10 per day

Additional Drivers

The renter/driver is free of charge; extra additional drivers have a surcharge of US$3 per day

Car and Driver program

  1. A minimum of 3 consecutive days rental is required.
  2. The driver should not drive more than 8 hours.
  3. Fuel is not included in the costs.

Fuel Charge

All vehicles are supplied with a full tank of fuel (please check if the car uses petrol-gasoline or diesel fuel), please returned as it was delivered. Refueling charges will apply.

Extra fees or penalties

Loss/Steal of Car License Plates has a replacement penalty from US$100.

Loss/Steal/Damage of Car Mandatory Documents has a replacement penalty from US$100.

Loss/Steal of Regular Car keys has a replacement penalty from US$150; if the Car Key Holder is electronic or customized to the car rented a replacement penalty from US$300 applies.


Adobe Rent a Car offers you the most complete insurance plan, for a better experience in Costa Rica:

  1. The rate includes basic liability insurance with a maximum protection of US$20.000 for damages to third parties´ property, and US$100.000 per accident, for injury or death of third persons not travelling in the rental car. No deductible.
  2. LDW / Loss damage waiver: For an additional daily fee, the renter can waive his financial responsibility in case of damages to the rental car, produced by a car accident, collision or roll over. It also protects the financial losses in case of a total or partial theft of the automobile. The LDW has a deductible (excess) of US$1,000 - US$1,500. The cost of the LDW varies with the car category and goes from US$14 per day to US$25per day. The LDW is not an insurance. It is mandatory.
  3. SPP / Supplemental Protection Plan: The SPP allows the renter to waive the deductible (excess) of the LDW for a daily extra cost. It also covers the cases of vandalism, destroyed tires or broken crystals, as well as free 24 hours specialized road assistance, including towing in case of an accident (restrictions apply). In the liability area, it extends the limit of the coverage up to US$5.000.000 per event, and it covers moral damages and profit loss.
  4. PLI / Primary Liability Insurance: It's a basic liability insurance. Can be declined if the client takes the LDW, or if the client presents a valid liability insurance for his rental in Costa Rica. Purchase is mandatory when the rate does not include liability coverage, unless proof of coverage is presented. Has a limited coverage and deductibles may apply. Client can increase liability coverage with the purchase of additional coverage named SPP.

Coverage exclusions

  1. When the driver has any incident and is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  2. When the vehicle suffers damages and the driver is not authorized/inscribed in the rental contract.
  3. Damages of any type caused by driving thru rivers, lakes, beaches, mangroves, flooded roads or off-road (i.e. where do not exist an official road, example: Cross-country).
  4. Fail in the obligation to provide to the Car Rental Company the accident report given by the Dirección General de Tránsito and the accident report with the Instituto Nacional de Seguros in Costa Rica.
  5. Fail to report the accident to the Car Rental Company immediately after the event takes place.
  6. Violations of the Costa Rica Traffic Legislation are full responsibility of the client.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact: