FAQ Costa Rica2018-04-21T16:55:49+00:00
Additional Drivers2019-11-28T22:11:19+00:00

The insurance agreement allows 1 person to drive the car, if any other of the passengers wants to drive please add the additional driver option to be covered by the insurance provider.

Is it possible to buy off the own risk?2019-11-28T22:07:47+00:00

No. We don’t provide this option – our cars are too prone to customers doing crazy stuff off the path so we have removed this option. You are responsible for a maximum of $1200 in small cars and $1500 in large cars if an accident happens.

Insurance Exclusions2019-11-28T22:05:51+00:00
  • Water damages are NOT insured under any coverage.
  • All insurances are void if driver is under the effects of any alcohol or drugs.
  • Camping equipment and electronics are not insured under any coverage, client is 100% responsible for these items.
  • When the car is being driver by a driver that is not authorized under the rental agreement.
  • If an accident is not reported correctly when it happens, failure to do this will immediately void coverage.
Is Insurance Mandatory?2019-11-28T22:01:49+00:00

You can use your own private insurance or credit card insurance providers no problem. In this case you will be requested to provide proof of own insurance that includes covers for Costa Rica and 4×4 rentals – some of our cars (Defenders, Land Cruisers, FJ Cruisers are considered “Exotic” so also consider this exclusion with your own providers.

Not presenting proper proof of own insurance or not getting one of ours make you fully responsible for damages to the car and to third parties.

You can add the insurances the day you come to pick the car up.

If you use your own insurance provider all payments, paperwork and communication between your insurance is between you and your provider.

If you want to drive without Insurance we at least recommend you get the Third-Party Liability coverage (which covers damages you cause to other people or property) as that one can be the most risky/highest cost.

What Insurance options do you have?2019-11-28T21:55:25+00:00

The insurance options we offer are separated in three options so you can choose which ones you need:

      • The Third Party Liability (TPL) covers ALL damages to third party personal and property damages, legal fees, damages to other cars or property all up to US$ 400.000 with ZERO deductible. 
      • The Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) covers all damages to our vehicle to its full value in case of accidents, theft, collision, damages, and has a deductible that goes from $1.200 to $1.500 USD responsibility for you. Small cars will be $1200 and Medium and Large cars will be $1500. Everything else is covered.
      • 100% Tire + Window Insurance Coverage covers ALL damages to windows and tires, without a deductible amount.
On which side of the road do people drive in Costa Rica?2019-11-28T21:45:29+00:00

Driving in Costa Rica is on the right side of the road. If you are coming from left side driving countries it is no issue regarding license requirements – if you need a quick drive with one of our team members to go over basic adjustments before starting your trip that is no problem, we can go for a little loop in/arround our area to get you accustomed.

Taking the Ferry (Puntarenas-Paquera)2019-11-28T21:50:12+00:00

The best way to reach the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula (Montezuma, Santa Teresa, Malpais area) is via the Ferry at least one of the ways. So you can loop it into your itinerary. You can drive down the coast and return via ferry or vice-versa.

The Ferry between Paquera and Puntarenas departs 6 times per day about every 2.5 hours. Please re-confirm times in case they change during holidays/low season on their website: http://navieratambor.com/horarios-y-tarifas

You can also book online now during your travels so you don’t risk having no space (This only really happens on Sunday afternoons or during local holidays). Book Here: https://www.quickpaycr.com – Only possible with license plate so possible during your trip here after it starts.

Departing times:

05:00 am  05:30 am
09:00 am  09:00 am
11:00 am  11:00 am
14:00 pm 14:00 pm
17:00 pm 17:00 pm
20:30 pm 20:00 pm

Ferry Prices (One-way) for the car + driver:

Standard Vehicle
11,400 + Tax / (23$)
Pick-up Truck
17,200 + Tax / (34$)

Each passenger apart from the driver will cost 810 Colones (1.4$)


NO smoking in the vehicle or tents. A cleaning fee of $250 will be charged for smoking in the car or the Rooftop tents. 

Costa Rica has serious laws about smoking in public places (sidewalks, parks, beaches etc.) where other people are nearby – The fine is heavy.

Driving Restrictions2019-11-28T21:50:31+00:00

Costa Rican law prohibits vehicles driving on the beach. This means you can drive to the beach, park and camp under the palm trees, but you can’t go play around in the tidal area for safety of other beach goers and to protect turtle nests and other wild-life.

No driving under the influence of drugs of alcohol.

If you are driving on 4×4 only paths and there is damage or an accident the towing and recovery expenses are your responsibility until a road accessible by a standard tow truck is reached.


 I don’t have a PayPal account, is there a possibility to pay the deposit by credit card?2019-11-28T21:03:17+00:00

PayPal is just our payment processor, you can pay via this method without having an account just using your standard credit or debit card. You can access PayPal as a guest in case you don’t have an account, you will find the option under the Log-In button. In case you can’t proceed as a guest in PayPal let us know and we will help you with the process.

Will there be transaction fee’s with the payment?2019-11-28T21:01:16+00:00
  • About the bank or credit card charges, that is on our side, you don’t have to worry for an extra charge or commissions.
Minimum Rental Time2019-11-28T22:12:29+00:00

We have a minimum rental period of 5 days

Baby Seats/Boosters2019-11-28T20:54:49+00:00

We provide free baby seats and boosters but PLEASE let us know ahead of time if you will need and the size/age of the child as we do not have these in our office.

Renting Surfboards2019-11-28T20:53:37+00:00

We do not have too much selection of boards (about 10). We recommend you don’t book these online ahead of time, but when you are here and starting the trip you choose if one of them works for you. The best, if your trip isn’t a “surf trip” is that you rent the boards the days you want to use them at the beach, so you don’t have to drive them around the whole time throughout the rest of the country.

Most beaches with good waves and with “beginner” waves will have surfboard rental places, costing about 20$ per day. Group lessons usually go for about 20$ per hour and include a board rental.

If you are an experienced surfer or have an idea of what you are looking for please contact us ahead of time.

12v Converter/Connection in the Car2019-11-28T20:51:13+00:00

Included in every car is a 12v converter. This has standard plugs (110v and USB plugs). This comes with American plugs as shown in the picture so for Europe/Asia/Oceania please bring your own adapters.

12v charging in car
Local Cell-Phone Provided2019-11-28T22:12:52+00:00

We provide a local smartphone with each car rental for free. The cellphone has unlimited local data and calls and can be used to navigate, research, call us, use WhatsApp and find the best spots for camping with www.ioverlander.com

When will we have to come back at our final day?2019-11-28T20:38:13+00:00

Any time before 5 p.m. and then we take you to the airport or any hotel. For drop offs outside of San Jose/Alajuela area it has to be earlier we have to coordinate time and place as it depends on our access to public transportation and our return drive time to San Jose. 

How do I open the rooftop tent?2019-11-28T20:33:20+00:00

It is very easy to open rooftop tents – takes around 2-3 minutes. The best way to see is via this video

Check out this simple image here showing a bit how it works 🙂

How to open rooftop tent

How to open rooftop tentHow to open a rooftop tent step by step
How long will the Vehicle hand-over take?2019-11-28T20:10:02+00:00

If you are in a hurry we can do the car delivery/hand-over in about 25 minutes – usually we go over everything in more detail, questions, doubts, routes, suggestions etc. and customers stay on average like 50-60 minutes.

Delayed Vehicle Return2019-11-28T20:07:01+00:00

If the vehicle is not returned on the agreed upon date and time we will charge all extras days as well as the loss of future rentals in case the extension was not approved by us.

SJO Pick-Up & Drop-Off2019-11-28T22:14:47+00:00

We offer a free pick up and drop off service anywhere in general Alajuela area (hotels) or the SJO airport from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For pickups and drop-offs in San Jose or other areas 10+ Km away from SJO airport we have a $25 fee.

We then bring you to our station, located 10 minutes from the SJO airport, where we go over all the equipment, how to use the vehicle and extras, route plans, contracts etc. Our process usually lasts from 30-50 minutes depending on how much you want to talk about the plans 🙂

Driver’s License & Age Requirements2019-11-28T19:48:10+00:00
  • Make sure your driver’s license is not expired. We cannot and will not rent to someone with an expired license.
  • No need for an international driver’s license from Europe, U.S., Oceania and South and Central American countries.
  • Anyone with a driver license who is over 18 can drive the car.
  • Rentals with drivers who are all under 23 must leave a double security deposit – this can be left with debit/credit card or cash. 
  • Additional drivers will need to present the driver’s license and sign the rental agreement as well to apply for the insurance coverage.
  • We can’t rent to someone who has been in the country for over 90 days.

If you cancel with more than 30 days’ notice we provide a full refund of the deposit minus any incurred transaction fees. This will be refunded to the same payment method you used.

  • For cancellations with less than 30 days’ notice we charge a 20% of the total. 
  • For processing cancellations please email info@nomadamerica.com
Security Deposit2019-11-28T19:41:33+00:00

There will be a security deposit charged at the time of vehicle pick-up. This is a hold placed on a debit or credit card which varies depending on the vehicle category from $1000 for Small vehicles and $1500 for Large vehicles.

The security hold will be released when the vehicle is returned in good state. Credit card “releases” are usually instant, while Debit Card holds can take from 3 to 10+ days depending on the bank.

Payment Options2019-11-28T19:39:13+00:00

The online payment to confirm the reservation can be made with any credit card/debit card or existing PayPal account.

The remaining balance is due on vehicle pick up at our office can be paid with debit or credit cards but only with Visa or Mastercard. We accept cash payments as well but please only in US$.

You can also pay the full balance online before your arrival or at our office by clicking on the “pay now” button on the invoice you received automatically after booking.

Booking Online2019-11-28T19:33:43+00:00

Reservations can be made directly on this website. The reservation is done with a 20% deposit of the total amount, paid online via PayPal or any credit/debit card.

To reserve a vehicle please visit our ‘Book Now’ Page and select your start and end date, then you will see which cars are available. Select your car, then select your insurance options and extras you would like. Once your payment is complete you will receive a confirmation e-mail instantly.

Public transportation in Costa Rica2019-11-28T19:22:10+00:00

Public transportation in Costa Rica

Drivers license requirements Costa Rica2019-11-28T19:27:19+00:00

Costa Rica will accept any valid drivers license from most countries for up to 3 months. Doesn’t need to be a special international drivers licence. Most have no need to worry about Drivers license requirements Costa Rica unless your drivers license is in a different alphabet we do need a translated international drivers license.


Contact Us

San Jose, Costa Rica

Phone: (506) 8913-1101

Web: www.nomadamerica.com