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Jacó car hire

Driver's age: 26-65
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Jacó car hire information

Pick-up locationJacó
Car types
Hire locations21
Airport locations0

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Jacó

  • Car hire in Jaco is a great choice, particularly for those looking to explore beyond the city's borders. Having your own car gives you unparalleled flexibility. Jaco is located in a part of Costa Rica that is rich in natural beauty and attractions, and having your own vehicle makes it easier to visit these places on your own schedule. For instance, Carara National Park, a birder’s paradise and home to the rare scarlet macaw, is just a short drive away. Hiring a car means you’ll be able to visit the park early in the morning, when the wildlife is most active. Likewise, Manuel Antonio National Park, famous for its breathtaking vistas and abundant wildlife, is a little over an hour's drive away.
  • Upon landing at Costa Rica's Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), you'll need to collect your luggage. Once you've done this, to get your Jaco car hire started, you'll find the car hire agencies in the Arrivals Hall, just after Customs. If you encounter any difficulties, don't hesitate to ask the airport staff. To hire a car, you'll need to present your driving licence, passport, international driving permit (if required), as well as a visa stamp and a credit card for the deposit. After agreeing to rent a car, you just need to take the shuttle bus that will take you to the car park where you'll pick up your rental car.
  • As a tourist who has opted for car hire in Jaco, you don't have to worry too much about the local driving style, as it's generally relaxed and laid-back. However, it's important to note that local traffic laws may be flexibly adhered to at times. The main roads, especially Route 34, which connects Jaco with other towns and attractions along the Pacific coast, are generally in good condition. Most of the significant routes and popular tourist destinations are well signposted. However, it's worth familiarising yourself with basic Spanish road vocabulary or considering a GPS for navigation, as signs may predominantly be in Spanish.
  • In the town of Jaco itself, you may encounter a substantial amount of traffic, especially during the peak tourist season (November - April). The compact layout of the town can lead to significant congestion. Furthermore, if you are visiting during the rainy season, which typically spans from May to November, some roads may become difficult to navigate due to flooding or mudslides.
  • Book your car hire in Jacó at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy car hire in Jacó are around -18% cheaper than other car types, on average

Jacó car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in Jacó 
GregDec 2023
I guess call ahead to make sure there's someone there to give you a car..
DustyMay 2023
Economy is by far the best we’ve used in all our travels here. Staff is excellent, vehicles in perfect condition, paperwork quickly completed.

FAQs about hiring a car in Jacó

  • How much is the price of fuel in Jacó?

    The average price of fuel in Jacó is R100,11 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 201 and R1 602, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Jacó?

    Economy (Toyota Rush or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Jacó.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Jacó?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Jacó?

    An Economy car hire in Jacó costs R1 814 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Jacó?

    A Compact car hire in Jacó costs R2 126 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Jacó?

    An Intermediate car hire in Jacó costs R965 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Jaco?

    If your itinerary mainly includes staying in Jaco and other major towns or cities, and your visit is during the dry season (December-April), a small car should suffice for your car hire in Jaco. However, if you're planning on venturing into rural areas, unpaved roads, or visiting during the rainy season (May-November), a four-wheel-drive vehicle or an SUV would be more suitable as you'll be able to handle challenging road conditions better with improved traction and higher ground clearance. One thing is for certain: it's essential to ensure that any car you hire is equipped with functioning air conditioning due to Costa Rica's tropical climate.

  • What's the speed limit in Jaco?

    In urban areas like Jaco, the speed limit is generally 40 km/h (about 25 mph). This usually increases to 60 km/h (about 37 mph) on rural roads and can go up to 80-100 km/h (about 50-62 mph) on highways. However, specific speed limits can vary based on road conditions and locations. Always be attentive to signage indicating speed limits and other traffic rules.

  • Where are the best places to park in Jaco?

    Jaco has designated street parking spaces throughout the town. Look for marked parking spaces along the streets and be sure to check for any parking restrictions or time limits indicated on signs. If you prefer more formal options, there are several public car parks, including Parqueo La Central located close to the beach and the "Parqueo Público del Pacific Center" near the Pacific Center shopping complex. These options require payment of an hourly fee.

Jacó car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

10,0

Wonderful

2 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

8.0

One location in Jacó

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Pastor Dias Ave Next To Copey

+506 2643 1752

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

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9,6 Wonderful

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff in Jaco, especially Michelle, we're very friendly.

2,0 Poor

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Attitude of rental company

1 out of 1

Budget

10,0

Wonderful

8 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Jacó

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27 Route San Jose-Caldera

+506 2436 2083

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00

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10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff at Budget were very helpful and friendly. They explained the car rental process and even helped us set up the GPS for our trip in Costa Rica. We would definitely use their service again and it helped make our journey safer, faster where we needed to go, and easier to get there. Thank you!

2,0 Poor

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Cons:

This is been an absolutely unbelievable experience with your friends I'll never be using budget again. I reserved a car online totaling $124. When I went to pick up the car originally they tried to charge me $250 which I had to contest in person while speaking Spanish, a language not native to me. They made a huge fuss about it not being possible until eventually somebody made it work which made me think I had been dealing with incompetent representatives in the first place. They also told me that the airport where I was dropping off my rental car had a office open 24 hours so that I could return the car early in the morning since I had a 5:30 AM flight. When I arrived the on site location was closed and gated even though the rest of the airport was fully up and running, so I had no option but to leave the vehicle or miss my international flight. I ended up having to park in the airport parking lot and leave detailed instructions on where I had hidden the keys. The airport personnel said that this was a frequent problem with budget. They were very friendly about coming to pick it up, but later in the same day I got a bill from budget for $890 worth of damages I had nothing to do with on the car. One of the claims was that the keylock on the door itself was damaged, though I had an electronic key the entire time and never even inserted a key in the door! I'm having to go through my credit card company right now to file a claim and I'm appalled at what the process is it this is been for a simple rental. Horrible.

2,0 Poor

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Cons:

Had an disagreement with the insurance that I bought with the rental online and the company would not accept the insurance. I never picked up the car.

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

6,0

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

4.0

2 locations in Jacó

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Jaco Beach

+506 2242 7800

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

Pastor Diaz Ave Next To Copey

+506 2242 7800

Monday09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday09:00 - 16:00
Thursday09:00 - 16:00
Friday09:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 16:00
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6,0 Okay

Feb 2022

KAYAK
The fee to drop my car at another location was far too high.

1 out of 1

National

6,0

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.0

One location in Jacó

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Locations in Jacó

Pastor Dias Ave Next To Copey

+506 2643 1752

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

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2,0 Poor

Jul 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was decent and acted as expected.

Cons:

Typical bait and switch with the amount one pays. Price quotes are not represented in the mandatory fees they impose, which makes the estimate redundant. I found alternative, local people and businesses with rental services to be 1) honest 2) extremely less expensive

1 out of 1

Economy Rent a Car

5,3

Cleanliness

8.3

Comfort

7.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.6

Value for money

5.0

One location in Jacó

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Main Street Jaco

+506 2299 2000

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2,0 Poor

Apr 2022

KAYAK
The price online is not the real price, be aware that you’ll need to pay around double this amount for the actually rental as they do not include insurance in these prices and then surprise you with it at pick up. Sleazy method of getting customers in the door thinking they got a good deal, as if they advertised the true prices it wouldn’t look so appealing.

1 out of 1

Hertz

2,0

Cleanliness

2.0

Comfort

2.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

One location in Jacó

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Plaza Coral 20

+506 4002 0710

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

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2,0 Poor

Dec 2023

KAYAK
I didn't have an experience. The was no staff to give me a car, so I had to leave without a car. I never rented anything from hertz.

2,0 Poor

Jan 2023

KAYAK
Showed up to pick up my rental and they said they canceled my reservation that morning with no explanation. Had to cancel our overnight trip. Very disappointed

2,0 Poor

Feb 2022

KAYAK
Tried calling from airport several times to advise that we would be late, no one answered the phone and our car was given away to someone else. Made no effort to accommodate us.

1 out of 1

Avis

5,2

Fair

No reviews available

Cleanliness

5.6

Comfort

7.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.4

Value for money

4.4

One location in Jacó

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Avenida Pastor Dias Y

+506 2509 5969

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday14:00 - 18:0008:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:0014:00 - 18:00

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keddy by Europcar

2,0

Poor

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Cleanliness

2.0

Comfort

2.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

One location in Jacó

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Locations in Jacó

Av. Pastor Díaz

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ADOBE

6,0

Okay

No reviews available

3 locations in Jacó

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Avenue Pastor Díaz, between Calle El Invu and Calle Lapa Verde

Opening times not available

CC Plaza Herradura, Local #15, Route 34, Playa Herradura

+506 2542 4848

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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Jaco Downtown

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Sixt

9,2

Wonderful

No reviews available

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Delivery and Collection

+506 4000 7498

Monday09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday09:00 - 16:00
Thursday09:00 - 16:00
Friday09:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 16:00

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Thrifty

6,4

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Jacó

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Jaco Walk Commerical Center

+506 2643 1009

Monday09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday09:00 - 16:00
Thursday09:00 - 16:00
Friday09:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 16:00
Sunday09:00 - 16:00

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easyCar

4,7

Mediocre

No reviews available

2 locations in Jacó

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Locations in Jacó

Avenue Pastor Díaz, between Calle El Invu and Calle Lapa Verde

Opening times not available

Plaza Herradura, Local #15

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

2 locations in Jacó

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Marina Herradura

Opening times not available

Pastor Días Avenue

Opening times not available

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Adobe Rent A Car

No score available yet

One location in Jacó

Locations in Jacó

Av. Pastor Diaz con Calle Bohio, between Calle El Invu and Calle Lapa Verde, 150 m SE from Subway Restaurant

+506 2667 0608

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Amigo Rent A Car

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One location in Jacó

Locations in Jacó

Jaco Downtown

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Deal Mobility Rent a Car

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One location in Jacó

Locations in Jacó

Villamonte, frente a la parada de autobuses Jaco-San Jose.

+506 8667 5995

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17 travellers who hired a car in Jacó gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.1

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Economy

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