• Free delivery at the Pura Vida breakfast table, free drop off at any Toyota office in the country
  • 1 additional driver at no cost, unlimited mileage, free cooler when available
  • GPS or Wifi on board (unlimited data) available extras
  • We quote the car model and year (not “something similar that does not look a bit like it”)
  • Throw us the keys at the end of your trip - the "Pura Vida check in"
  • Pura Vida guests have been so reliable that Toyota no longer asks a deposit on your credit card with full insurance - so all of your card is available for your trip



Yes we have real time GPS here

And fabulous bridges


Occasionally you will find useful road signs

Ask us if you need a 4WD or 2WD


Poas Volcano is just a 1 hour drive from here



Toyota Yaris 2WD, manual or automatic, gasoline



Toyota Corolla 2WD - automatic, gasoline




Daihatsu Bego 4WD, 4 dr, manual or automatic, gasoline



Toyota RAV4 4WD - manual or automatic, gasoline



Toyota Landcruiser Prado 4WD -automatic, diesel


Toyota Hiace 2WD Van 12 passenger, manual, diesel



Toyota Hiace 2WD Van 15 passenger, manual, diesel



Toyota Sequoia 4WD Full Size Luxo barge

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Should you rent a car or not in Costa Rica?

Well about 70% of our guests do and all come back safe and smiling (well almost all except for those who got nagged to death for not asking directions).

We like the idea that the paper you sign with a car rental company has the price you will pay. There are plenty of car rental agencies to choose from in Costa Rica - we have used most of them. Our experiences have varied from a perfect 10 to "the creature from the Black Lagoon".

Toyota Car Rental (a division of the Toyota main dealer in Costa Rica) has provided excellent guest experiences and consistently competitive prices. Most importantly, if they say they will bring the car at 8am, it is there. If we quote you a car model or a car year, that is the model you get - not "or similar".

None of our guests have to wait at rental counters or try to muddle their way through a rental discussion in Spanish. We insist our car agency is reliable, delivers your car to the Pura Vida breakfast table (or wherever we have agreed to deliver it) and won't argue with you about normal wear and tear when you turn the car in. These are the basics of car rentals to us. We have worked with Toyota since 1983. They know us and we know them - should there be even the slightest issue we know how to work together to resolve it.

THE PURA VIDA HOTEL CAR RENTAL PROGRAM FREEBIES

  • free drop off at any Toyota office in the country
  • 1 additional driver at no cost
  • unlimited mileage
  • free delivery and pickup anywhere near us or at the Pura Vida Hotel
  • if we have a cooler available, take it with you on the trip
  • throw us the keys at the end of your trip (what we call "the Pura Vida check in" :-))
  • no extra "hold" on your credit card when you buy the full insurance

THE PURA VIDA HOTEL CAR RENTAL PROMOTIONS or EXTRAS SEPT 1st to Nov 15th 2016

  • Book a Toyota Yaris get a free upgrade to a Toyota Corolla (min 3 days rental)
  • Book a Terios Bego get a free upgrade to a Toyota RAV4 (min 3 days rental)
  • Book a Toyota Prado get a free "box on top" normally $20/day but free for Pura Vida guests only (min 3 days rental)
  • Add Siempre Wifi instead of GPS - $12/day with unlimited data - use in the car, in the hotel or on the beach where there is a cell signal, includes free 15 mins international calling
  • throw us the keys at the end of your trip (what we call "the Pura Vida check in" :-))
  • no extra "hold" on your credit card when you buy the full insurance

THE PURA VIDA HOTEL EXPECTATIONS

  • we quote a car model and year, you get that car model and year not "something similar" that turns out to be a completely different car
  • you will only have a near new car, invariably this year or last
  • if you have any issues on your trip you can call us or Toyota at any time
  • you will have the car delivered where you want it and drop it off where you want
  • nobody will be arguing with you about "normal wear and tear" when you turn in the car
  • your car rental rep will speak excellent English

Just email us for your quote: info@puravidahotel.com

A 2WD FAVORITE, THE 4 DOOR YARIS

For buzzing around town or a quick haul to the beach, try the economical Toyota Yaris 2WD. Great trunk space for an economy car too. Has automatic and manual option to save a few dollars a day. Zippy and economical.

  • 5 passenger/1500cc gasoline
  • manual or automatic/4 door
  • air bags/A/C
  • radio with MP3

THE NEWEST DAIHATSU TERRIOS BEGO or Toyota RUSH 4WD - GO ANYWHERE IN COSTA RICA:

(Daihatsu is owned by Toyota), an excellent compact all wheel drive with good ground clearance and great gas mileage. Yes, and decent luggage space for 4 people if you bring soft sided luggage. We have rented this many times - the perfect on and off roader for Costa Rican roads. Take a manual transmission and save a few dollars a day or order the automatic and make the driving easy. This is our most popular rental.

  • 5 passenger/1500cc gasoline
  • manual or automatic/5 door
  • air bags/electric windows/A/C
  • radio with MP3

THE LATEST MID SIZE TOYOTA RAV4 4WD:

A mid sized, manual or automatic. Very zippy, decent gas mileage and a great 4WD for those roads across the top of Arenal and Monteverde. A bit more space than the Terrios Bego for those taller folks and a bit more luggage room for 5 if you use soft sided luggage.

  • 5 passenger/2400cc gasoline
  • manual or automatic/5 door
  • air bags/electric windows/A/C
  • radio with MP3

THE TOYOTA LAND CRUISER PRADO 4WD FULL SIZE:

The biggest 4WD - seats for 7. NOTE: despite what other car companies may say, 6 or 7 persons in these full size SUV's is an issue with your luggage. With 6 persons we'd advise renting a box on top - usually $20 a day but free for Pura Vida guests with a rental of 3 or more days

  • 7 passenger (not with luggage)/3000cc turbo diesel
  • automatic/5 door
  • air bags/electric windows/A/C
  • radio with MP3

THE TOYOTA HIACE 12 PASSENGER 2WD VAN:

When you have the need to transport a small army of kids or relatives, the Toyota Hiace is the best deal - for about the same price as the Fortuner. It is however 2WD so ask us about your route and we can advise how it will work. Also there is no automatic option for this van.

  • 12 passenger/5 rows of seats - also available the hi-boy 15 passenger Hiace van
  • 3000cc turbo diesel/automatic
  • airbags/electric windows/A/C
  • radio with MP3

THE TOYOTA SEQUOIA:

Big and expensive but quite nice eh? In addition, for those aspiring rock stars, overpaid wall street bankers or the supremely paranoid, there are a small compliment of bullet proof vehicles at extra cost.

  • 7 passenger/5 rows of seats/4600cc V8 gasoline
  • automatic/5 door
  • air bags/electric windows/A/C
  • radio with MP3

THINGS YOU SHOULD UNDERSTAND ABOUT COSTA RICAN CAR RENTAL

  • For all quotes in Costa Rica make sure they include the mandatory basic insurance (a government requirement for all rentals - all rental insurance in Costa Rica is provided by the government run INS agency). The insurance can be reduced a little if you take CDW (Collision Damage waiver) coverage on your credit card. Check with your card company if your credit card covers CDW in Costa Rica. If you get a quote from the internet (e.g. Expedia) and the price is too good to be true, they forgot to include the mandatory insurance.
  • Special No Block on your credit card for Pura Vida guests only - When you buy the full zero deductible insurance, Toyota will not add a deposit to block your credit card - the only thing on your credit card will be the total price of the car rental and insurance.
  • If you want to remove the deductible on 2WD vehicles and 4WD Bego, the zero deductible insurance (covering damages to the car) is another $16 a day or add another $5 if you want to cover car theft. For the bigger 4WD (Rav4/Prado/Fortuner etc) the zero deductible on damage to the car is another $18 a day and your car deductible on theft will be $3000. You can decide these at the time the car is delivered.
  • The English speaking agent delivering the car can help you with any insurance options, cell phone or GPS - let us know ahead of time if you want the GPS which is $7 a day for our guests. We have excellent maps at the hotel for purchase in addition to the free Toyota map.
  • If you want to do a one way rental just let us know where you'd like to leave the car. By arrangement with Toyota, our guests have no drop off charge if they leave the car at a Toyota office or at the Pura Vida Hotel or anywhere in the area.

Just email us for your quote.

GENERAL CAR RENTAL TERMINOLOGY YOU MAY NOT CARE ABOUT

  • Summary

    • Mandatory insurance includes collision with a deductible of $1,200 and third party liability with a deductible of 20% of damages. Optional “Zero Deductible” policies cover pretty much everything with no out of pocket expenses!
  • Basic Mandatory Protection

    • CDW (Collision Damage Waiver .. damages caused to the rented vehicle) entitles renter to a maximum deductible of $1,200 to $3,000 depending on car type.
    • LDW (Liability Damage Waiver .. damages caused to third party property) entitles renter to a minimum deductible of $300 or 20% of the total value of all damages.
    • Car Theft has a fixed total deductible of US$5.000 for their regular fleet, and US$10.000 for their Premium fleet.
  • Special CDW Protection

    • CDW (Collision Damage Waiver .. damages caused to the rented vehicle) entitles renter to a maximum deductible of US$600. LDW and Car Theft protection remain the same.
  • Declined CDW Protection

    • If you want to use a credit card’s insurance program you have to show the credit card on the day of the rental (good idea to confirm with your card company exactly what the coverage includes and the claim process). LDW coverage will still be charged.
  • Zero Deductible CDW, LDW Protection, Theft & Accessories

    • Optional, additional protection can be purchased in combination with the basic mandatory protection and entitles renter to zero deductible for CDW, LDW, car theft and accessories theft/damage (i.e. tires, rims, antenna, car radio, lateral glasses, windshield).

Here endeth the fine print sermon.  You can decide on the optional insurance items as the car is delivered to you at the breakfast table or wherever you choose to take the car.