Renting a Vehicle
In Costa Rica there are numerous Rental Agencies operating in Costa Rica these days, some good and some Not so good… We’ve been helping our clients rent vehicles in Costa Rica for almost 20 years now and we’d be happy to help you with your reservation and deciding if Renting a car is the best mode of transportation for you. Here are some pros and cons to help with that process:
The Good: Renting a Vehicle in Costa Rica offers our more independent Clients the freedom and flexibility to explore the Country at their own pace. They also allow spur of the moment changes in plans and the ability to get off the beaten path and explore some of the less touristed areas within Costa Rica… Pick-up and drop-off times are not set in stone thus allowing travelers to schedule around their timeframe. Just about all types of vehicles are available for rent ranging from small compact cars to multi-passenger vans and rugged 4x4s – we’ll help you decide which vehicle is best suited for you based on your itinerary (you may not need that more expensive 4×4)…
The Bad: The most common complaint registered against many Rental Agencies in Costa Rica is the surprise fees incurred at pick-up. Unfortunately, they can be as numerous as they are creative, take a look at a few of our favorites: Pick-up fee, Drop-off fee, Various types of Insurance fees, Airport fee, Late fees, Fuel top-off fee, License Plate fee, Smoke Damage fee, Roadside Assistance fee, GPS Rental fee, Additional Driver fee, Car seat fee, Roof Rack fee, etc., etc.…
The Solution, simple, let Pacuare River Lodge book your car for you and you’ll get one price and no surprises…
Private and Shared Shuttles
Shared Shuttles – Shared Shuttles are likely the most economical of our travel methods. Basically, you’ll be getting from point A to point B in a vehicle shared by other travelers. The vehicles, typically 12 seat passenger vans, will be clean, Air-conditioned, and driven by courteous, professional drivers. Most routes will offer both morning departure and afternoon departures. These transfers are direct, stops for sightseeing, shopping, meals, etc. are not typically an option. They will schedule a bathroom stop(s) and of course stop for emergencies… Shared shuttles are priced per person and are route and time dependent. As with everything in Costa Rica, there are some good companies and some shady ones – book through us and let Pacuare River Lodge take the guess work out of the decision.
Private Shuttles – Private shuttles are just that, private, just for your group. Private Transfers are typically a bit more expensive but they offer some distinct advantages over Shared Shuttles. Unlike shared shuttles, Private Shuttles can be scheduled around your group’s timeframe – this makes Private Shuttles the preferred method when a certain arrival time is required, like Airport pick-ups and drop-offs for example… Unscheduled stops are an option with Private Shuttles – stops dedicated to sightseeing, shopping, dining, etc. can be arranged with the driver. The vehicles will be similar to those used in Shared Shuttles and Coasters and Busses are available for larger groups. Pricing for private shuttles are typically per group vs. per person. Again, Contact Us here at Green Frog Adventures for quotes, questions and assistance booking.
Private Driver for your Whole Trip
This method of transportation combines the flexibility and convenience of rental car without any of the hassle or liability of actually renting a vehicle. Having a Professional Driver and your own private transportation at your disposal will make your vacation easier, safer and a whole lot less time consuming. No getting lost and turned around. You’ll have access to the driver from the time you step off the plane until you get back on for your trip home. That means during the many transfers between Hotels and to the various activities you are able to stop if you see something interesting, stop to eat if you get hungry, take as many “potty” breaks as you’d like, etc. In short, you have the option of getting off the beaten path and seeing some of Costa Rica that the vast majority of tourists never see. You’ll also be able to get away from the Hotels – let’s face it, Resorts can be great but if you’re stuck there they can get a bit redundant and claustrophobic. Not to mention, they are full of other tourists! Your driver will provide the opportunity to get out and try some of the more authentic local restaurants, mingle with the delightful Costa Rican people and again, see things most other folks wont. Lastly, we all know that the Latin America culture, while wonderful, isn’t exactly known for its efficiency and timely attention to detail… Problems do tend to arise and that’s when you’ll be the most thankful your driver is there by your side. The driver will help take care of absolutely any problem and most likely before you even know there was a one… Contact us here at Pacuare River Lodge for a quote and/or answers to any questions you might have.
please contact us here, or call (506) 7016-3147 / (506) 6251-3698 for more information and pricing.