Most major car-rental agencies may be found in Costa Rica. It is advised that you rent a 4WD vehicle as the roads can be rough. Many rental vehicles are manual shift. To rent a car you need a valid driver’s license, a major credit card and a passport. The minimum age for car rental is 21. When reserving a car, ask for written confirmation. Carefully inspect rented cars for minor damage, and make sure that any damage is noted on the rental agreement.

Insurance is handled differently than in the US. Insurance is required by the government and will cost an additional US$15 to US$25 per day. The roads in Costa Rica are rough and rugged, meaning that minor accidents or damage to the car is not uncommon. You can pay an extra fee (about US$10 per day) for a Collision Damage Waiver, or CDW, which covers the driver and a third party with a deductible. Above and beyond this, you can purchase full insurance. Note that if you pay with a gold or platinum credit card, the company will usually take responsibility for damages to the car, in which case you can forego the cost of the full insurance but verify this with your credit card company ahead of time. Rental rates fluctuate enormously, so make sure you shop around before you commit to anything. Rental offices at the airport charge a 12% fee in addition to regular rates.



Local buses are the best way of getting around Costa Rica. You can take one just about everywhere, and they’re frequent and inexpensive. Most local buses pick up passengers on the street and on main roads. There is a bus stop at the top of the road to Oro Monte.

San Jose is the transportation center for the country, but there is no central terminal. Bus offices are scattered around the city with some large bus companies housed in terminals that sell tickets in advance, while others have little more than a stop – sometimes unmarked.

Normally there’s room for everyone on a bus, and if there isn’t, someone will make room anyhow. The exceptions are days before and after a major holiday. There are two types of bus: directo and colectivo. In theory, the directo buses go from one destination to the next with few stops. However, it is against the instinctual nature of Costa Rican bus drivers not to pick up every single roadside passenger.

To find up-to-date copies of the master schedule go to the ICT office in San Jose or CLICK HERE »



If you plan to drive in Costa Rica, your driver’s license from home is normally accepted for up to 90 days. Many places will also accept an International Driving Permit (IDP), issued in your country of origin. After 90 days, you will need to get a Costa Rican driver’s license.

Gasoline (petrol) and diesel are widely available and 24-hour service stations dot the entire stretch of the Interamericana. Attendants pump the gas for you. In more remote areas, fuel will likely be more expensive and might be sold from a drum at the neighborhood pulpería (corner grocery store); look for signs that say ‘Se vende gasolina.’


Driving is the best way to get around  Naranjo Costa Rica. The area is mountainous so getting around Naranjo on foot or bike will keep you in shape. The local bus system in Naranjo as well most towns in Costa Rica, is very good so you will have no problem finding your way.