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San José Car Rentals & Travel Guide

Once upon a time, luminous ore brought explorers to the lush landscape of Costa Rica. Through centuries of intrigue and colonialization, the nation’s rich culture shines through in the capital city, San Jose. Here, in the beating heart of the country, surround yourself in glistening rainforest mist and the beauty of an ancient civilization. To see for yourself how the country lives up to its impressive name, rent a car in San Jose and drive…in any direction.

Costa Rica is known for its stunning scenery sprinkled with mesmerizing architecture and covet-worthy customs and cuisine. And it’s small enough to explore many of the most popular regions from the capital. Whether you hope to cruise along the coast in a compact sedan or venture into the wilderness with an SUV, our selection of San Jose car rental deals is sure to have the right wheels for your dream trip.

Where to Stay in San Jose

As you browse our San Jose rental car deals, don’t forget to find an equally convenient and luxurious place to stay in the city. Consider these guest favorites as you plan your great escape:

  • Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose: With warm and rustic décor, this Marriott welcomes you to relax and make yourself at home in the city’s central business district. You’ll be a short drive to the bustling Plaza Real Cariari and peaceful Cariari Country Club.
  • Casa Conde Hotel & Suites: With gorgeous hardwood floors and bright natural light, this hotel is the definition of elegance. Add in the easy commute to the National Museum and National Theater and you’re sitting pretty in the middle of San Jose’s vibrant cultural scene.
  • Hampton Inn and Suites San Jose Airport: For an easy commute to and from the airport, stay at this Hampton Inn. It boasts the perfect pairing of convenience and culture, as it’s just a short drive to attractions like Ojo de Agua Spa Park and Museo Juan Santamaria.
  • Studio Hotel: In Santa Ana, Studio Hotel is a colorful, contemporary hideaway in one of the city’s business districts. Bold décor and plush furnishings offer a cozy home base at the end of a full day spent shopping at Momentum Lindora Shopping Center. Make sure you have extra room in the trunk for a fabulous mall haul.

SJO and Beyond

Juan Santamaría International Airport is located about 10 miles northwest of the city center, and it’s the best place to pick up your car rental in San Jose, as public transportation is limited. Once you reach downtown, follow the glow to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, where you’ll encounter artifacts that predate and outshine European expeditions. Then, for a breath of fresh air and a flight of fancy, drive to the Spirogyra Butterfly Garden and watch as the colorful creatures float by toward their new beginnings.

Beyond the colorful townhouses and bright lights of the capital city, other skylines will take your breath away, too, and they include geothermal volcanoes. Pack a picnic and hiking gear in the back of your San Jose rental car and take the 30-mile drive northwest to Poas Volcano National Park to soak in natural mineral springs and amble across lava formations. Don’t worry; this volcano is perfectly safe and receives thousands of visitors each year.

A trip to the Costa Rican capital calls for fabulous wheels and a sense of adventure. Here at Travelocity, we make planning that vacation easy and affordable, with convenient flights and hotels and an array of cheap rental cars in San Jose. We’ll see you under the swaying palm trees.

Here at Travelocity, we’re committed to helping you score cheap deals on San José car rentals. We’ll have your rental car waiting for you as soon as you arrive in town. Traveling with your whole family in tow? Choose a spacious and affordable van to keep your crew sane throughout the trip. Exploring the city with your sweetheart? Reserve a swanky two-seater as you paint the town red. With our low rates on rental cars in San José, you can go out and smell the roses, without stressing out your bank account. You can even use our mobile booking app to snag exclusive deals, so you can spend more on your adventures and less on your vehicle.