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    About us

    To be, or not to be, is not a question for Rentalmoose. It has a clear purpose for existence – to make your car rental simple and straightforward. This is what all car renters out there have been waiting for.

    No matter whether you travel for business or for leisure, the Moose works hard to bring you the best offers, great services, and protection for your peace of mind.

    Our systems are integrated with the greatest car rental companies to have a broad range of offers suitable for different needs worldwide, having about 15 000 destinations in total.

    Do you like traveling like a local? Use the Rentalmoose guides when planning your next road trip to get the best out of your vacation. In our blog section, you can also find smart tips for car rentals among lots of other useful information.

    Rentalmoose goes the extra mile for your privacy: we do not collect excessive data for users. For example, we never store your credit card details. You are safe with us.

    As an environmentalist, Rentalmoose has a mission to plant a tree for each booking made on this website. Yes, a real tree for every booking! Therefore when booking a car from us, you also reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a better tomorrow.

    Renting a car with kids

    image from Volvo

    Here are few tips when travelling with children and trying to sort out kids seats for rental car.

    Usually proper rental companies do have stock for different types of children seats for different age groups:

    Baby seat: 0-2y
    Toddler seat: 3-6y
    Kid seat: 7-12y

    Do not expect to have exotic versions of kids seat to be found, only basic options with or without ISOfix.

    Purpose of the trip

    So let’s get started with the trip planning. You already have some idea what kind of trip you’re going to have. Knowing your trip will help you sort out what car you need. Find here few examples of the trips you could have:

    • Beach holiday, not lot of driving 
    • Active holiday (golfing, surfing, skiing, hiking etc)
    • Visiting different cities and sightseeings, lot of driving
    • Business, need to get car quickly from the airport

    Picking up my rental car

    Rental Moose mascot holding red Iphone and photographing condition of rental car. Its important to always take check-in photos of the rental car when you pick it up.

    In this post, you will find all the information you need to pick up your rental car without any surprising moments at the pick-up desk. Make sure you have your voucher and get it ready on your phone, or print it out before leaving.

    What do I need in order to pick up my rental car?

    You (Driver) need to have a valid driving license (an International Driving Permit may be required), an ID or passport, and enough funds on your card for the rental and a security deposit. The name on the credit card must match the driver.

    Protect yourself with Rentalmoose check-in and check-out

    The Rentalmoose online platform gives you the option to take pictures documenting the rental car’s condition at pick-up and drop-off.

    Do I need to pay anything at the rental desk?

    If you have booked a car via Rentalmoose, please keep in mind that you have only paid for a booking fee to reserve your car.

    When you get to the rental desk, you will have to pay the entire price of the rental.

    A security deposit is required, too. The amount varies depending on your age, driving experience, car category, and many other factors. Typically, the deposit can range anywhere between 200-1400 EUR.

    How do I get support from Rentalmoose?

    Please go to https://rentalmoose.com and click the Rentalmoose chat on the left. Click on it to start a conversation.

    Making a booking in Rentalmoose

    In this blog post, I will introduce you to my booking system so that you can find your best value car rental for your upcoming trip.

    I will walk you through the process of making a booking successfully. I will also point out key facts in different stages of the booking process that you should be aware of when booking your rental car.

    That way, you don’t get unexpected surprises when picking up the rental car.

    Searching the location & selecting your travel dates

    You start off by selecting the location where you want to pick-up your rental car. After choosing your location, you need to enter the time frame for the rental period.

    Once that’s done, you will be presented with rental cars available for the selected dates.

    Browsing through search results & picking the right rental car

    After choosing your location and time frame, my system will display all of the rental cars available for your selected dates. Rentalmoose features the most well-known car rental brands across the globe, there are lots of options to choose from.

    You can apply detailed filters to narrow down my offers. You can sort the rental cars by brand, car category, transmission, mileage, or even if you want to have a hybrid or an electric car.

    Booking overview

    Once you have chosen your desired rental car, you can review the details and read the rental car company’s terms and conditions. Be sure to read through them to find information regarding the deposit, additional fees, and the insurance policy.

    Driver details

    When you’re happy with the booking overview, you will have to insert the driver details. Keep in mind that the driver details and the payment details need to be the same.

    Payment

    As soon as you’ve entered the driver details, it’s time to pay the partial fee of your rental car. It’s a low-risk option as you don’t need to pay the whole amount of your booking fee.

    The rest of the fee needs to be settled when picking the rental car up.

    Confirmation & voucher

    After the payment is processed, you will be taken to a confirmation section. This is where you can find your booking details and a downloadable voucher for the car. You can also set reminder for your booking.

    You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your booking along with the voucher, too.

    However, you can always come back to the My Account section at rentalmoose.com to check your booking.

    Your booking can be canceled free of charge up to 48h before the scheduled pick-up time.

    Conclusion

    Every booking made with Rentalmoose.com is a contribution to a fight against climate change. We plant a tree for every rental car booked with our online platform.

    Before making a booking

    Rental Moose mascot posing with red Kia rental car. Europcar Estonia rental car fleet.

    Hi there, I am Rentalmoose! I’m happy that you found your way to the rentalmoose.com website to find your next rental car.

    Here, you can compare offers from global and local rental car companies across thousands of stations. Rentalmoose.com is a car rental broker, I do not own the car fleet nor counters at the pick-up and drop-off locations.

    If you’re planning to rent a car on your next trip, you have come to the right place. Let’s have a look at some of the important things that you should consider before renting a car in your desired location.

    Trip plans:

    Driver and traffic:

    Trip plans

    Purpose of my trip

    First, let’s get started with planning the trip. You probably have an idea what kind of trip is waiting for you ahead.

    Knowing the type of your trip will help you sort out what rental car you need. Below are a few examples of the trips you could have:

    • Beach holiday, not a lot of driving 
    • Active holiday (golfing, surfing, skiing, hiking etc)
    • Visiting different cities and sightseeings, lot of driving
    • Business, need to quickly get a car from the airport

    Type of car I need

     You can choose the right car for your trip according to:

    1.  how many people you are traveling with
    2. what type of car you require
    3. how much room you need for your luggage or any extra equipment (ski racks, for example)

    If you’re planning to drive a lot, you should consider the car’s comfort and fuel economy. If you are looking to rent a fuel-efficient vehicle, diesel cars can be the ideal choice. 

    If you won’t be covering long distances, consider renting a hybrid or an EV for your trip. You will help to lower the carbon dioxide emissions on our planet.

    That way, the air is fresher to breathe in both cities and nature. I like to breathe fresh air, and I’m sure you do too. Did you know that I will plant a tree for every rental car booked via Rentalmoose? 

    You can change your carbon footprint today and book your next rental car through rentalmoose.com. Small changes can have a big impact 🙂

    While making your booking, you can choose the right model which suits you best. Same with fuel type. Click here to learn more about the booking process.

    Return at a different location & drive across borders

     When planning your trip, you can get creative with the route! Lots of car rental companies permit cross-border trips and returning the car to a different location. 

    In most cases, a cross-border trip or return at another location comes at an extra fee. That fee will depend on the region as different return locations and cross borders have different fees set by each supplier.

    You see the exact fee during the rental car booking process.

    Driver and traffic

    Lastly, it’s important to take a look at the driver requirements and check the traffic direction in the country you’re going to.

    Driver ABC for renting a car

    In this section, we are going to cover the key requirements for drivers renting a car.

    • driving license
    • age restrictions
    • additional driver

    Driving license

     I am from Scandinavia, Northern Europe. With an EU-issued driving license, you can drive across the EU without the need for an International Driving Permit (IDP).

    Vice versa, when you are coming from outside the European Economic Area, you might need IDP in some countries within the European Union to be eligible to drive.

    International Driving Permit

     However, things will change rapidly when you are driving outside the European Economic Area with your National driving license.

    What is an International Driving Permit? 

      The National Road Administration issues international driving permits pursuant to the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.

    An international driving permit is a booklet in the A6 format that complies with all the requirements set by the convention mentioned above. 

    An international driving permit – which is essentially a translation of your National driving license into French, English, Spanish and Russian – may be required in order to drive a power-driven vehicle in countries not belonging to the European Economic Area.

    It should be remembered that an international driving permit is valid only alongside a National driving license. It is issued based on a valid National driving license with a validity of three years. 

    If your domestic driving license is set to expire within three years, the international driving permit is issued with the same term of validity. You can find your expiration date on your license.

    How should I get an International Driving Permit?

    The following documents must be submitted to a service bureau of the Road Administration:

    • an identity document;
    • a photograph (min. size 35 x 45 mm);
    • a payment confirmation (state fee).

    An international driving permit is replaced when it expires, becomes invalid, the holder’s data or the category of the vehicle for which the right to drive was granted changes, or when it is not possible to recognize the holder from the photo.

    If the international driving permit is lost, stolen, or destroyed, you must submit an explanatory letter or proof from the police or rescue board and the documents and photo required for the application. 

    Previously issued valid international driving permit is repealed as of the date of the written notice of the holder of the driving license.

    Reference from https://www.mnt.ee/eng/driver/driving-licence/international-driving-permit

    Important notice regarding IDP when renting a car

     Some car rental providers don’t rent cars out without an IDP. Please read through the T&Cs when booking your rental car.

    You can check out this blog post to learn all you need to know about International Driving Permits.

    Age Restrictions

    Young driver fee

    When I was young, I traveled with my fellow friends and wanted to rent a car as most countries in the world permit 18-year-olds to get a driving license.

    However, different restrictions apply when renting a car. A Young Driver fee is usually applied for drivers who are between 21 and 25 years old(sometimes the age differs depending on the supplier, location, and car category). Very few car rental companies rent a car to drivers under 21.

    Senior driver fee

    Drivers older than 65 might have to pay a senior driver fee. 

    Young and senior drivers have an extra fee that is applied on top of the rental quote unless stated otherwise. Be aware of the fee, it can be charged either:

    1. During the booking process
    2. When picking up the rental car.

    In the next section, you will see where fees will be visible when making a booking.

    Rentalmoose insider tip: Always read the rental company’s terms and conditions to avoid unpleasant surprises later on.

    The age restriction applies to all authorized drivers as well, not just the renter!

    Additional driver

    Do you want to drive the entire time? If it’s a long-distance trip, you might get tired at some point. In that case, it’s best to add a second driver (or more) to your booking.

    Additional drivers need to be approved in the rental agreement. All driver requirements will apply to additional drivers, too (IDP, age restrictions, etc.).

    Additional drivers need to show up when picking up the car and provide a valid driver’s license and an ID or passport, depending on the region.

    Additional driver can be registered either:

    1. During the online booking process or;
    2. When picking up the car at the car rental pick up desk.

    An additional driver fee is applied on a daily basis during the entire rental period. The fee depends on the car rental company. 

    Rentalmoose insider tip: Always read the car company’s terms and conditions to be aware of any fees. Check out this blog post to learn more about common car rental fees.

    Traffic

    Make sure to check the traffic direction and local traffic laws and regulations, especially if it’s your first time visiting the country.

    As I come from Scandinavia, I was completely lost for the first hour of driving in London as the traffic was opposite of what I was used to.

    Here is a list of left- and right-hand traffic

    At first, driving on the other side of the road can feel confusing. I can assure you that you will get used to it quickly.

    That’s about it! If you have made your plans, let’s get ready to make the rental car booking for your upcoming trip.

    Rentalmoose Terms and Conditions & Privacy Policy

    Rentalmoose OÜ, Tuukri 50, Tallinn 101122, Estonia, company reg number: 14711897 (in the following “Rentalmoose”).

    1. General

    1.1 We may make changes to these terms

    We amend these terms from time to time. We will note the date that amendments were last made at the top of these terms, and any amendments will take effect upon posting. If you are a registered user of our site we will notify you of material changes to these terms by either sending a notice to the email address associated with your account or by placing a notice on our site. If you disagree with the updated terms, please stop using our site. Every time you wish to use our site, please check these terms to ensure you understand the terms that apply at that time.

    1. 2 We may make changes to our site

    We may update and change our site from time to time to reflect changes to our services, our users’ needs and our business priorities. We will try to give you reasonable notice of any major changes.

    1.3 We may suspend or withdraw our site

    Our site is made available free of charge. We do not guarantee that our site, or any content on it, will always be available or be uninterrupted. We may suspend or withdraw or restrict the availability of all or any part of our site for business and operational reasons. We will try to give you reasonable notice of any suspension or withdrawal.

    The provision of our site is reliant on the internet and devices. You fully understand and agree that we will not be liable for any losses suffered by you as a result of our site not being available due to events, circumstances or causes beyond our reasonable control, including but not limited to internet, system or device instability, computer viruses and hacker attacks.

    You are responsible for providing the necessary equipment (including but not limited to an appropriate device and internet connection) and ensuring that all persons who access our site through your internet connection are aware of these terms of use and other applicable terms and conditions, and that they comply with them.

    1.4 What services do we provide?

    Our site assists you in gathering travel information, determining the availability of travel-related products and services, making legitimate bookings or reservations, transacting with travel suppliers, and dealing with customer service requests.

    1.5 By using our site you accept these terms

    By using our site, you confirm that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to comply with them.

    If you do not agree to these terms, you must not use our site.

    By using our site, you warrant that you have capacity to enter into a legally binding contract (including being at least the required age to have capacity in your country) and that you will only use our site to make legitimate reservations.

    1.6 How you may use material on our site

    We are the owner or the licensee of all patents, copyright, trademarks, business names and domain names, rights in designs, rights in computer software, database rights and all other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered, in our site. All such rights are reserved.

    You may print off one copy, and may download extracts, of any page(s) from our site for your personal use and you may draw the attention of others within your organization to content posted on our site.

    You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.

    Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of content on our site must always be acknowledged.

    You must not use any part of the content on our site for commercial purposes without obtaining a license to do so from us or our licensors.

    If you print off, copy or download any part of our site in breach of these terms of use, your right to use our site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

    1.7 How you may use material on our site

    We are the owner or the licensee of all patents, copyright, trademarks, business names and domain names, rights in designs, rights in computer software, database rights and all other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered, in our site. All such rights are reserved.

    You may print off one copy, and may download extracts, of any page(s) from our site for your personal use and you may draw the attention of others within your organization to content posted on our site.

    You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.

    Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of content on our site must always be acknowledged.

    You must not use any part of the content on our site for commercial purposes without obtaining a license to do so from us or our licensors.

    If you print off, copy or download any part of our site in breach of these terms of use, your right to use our site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

    1.8 We are not responsible for websites we link to

    Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. Such links should not be interpreted as approval by us of those linked websites or information you may obtain from them.

    We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources.

    1.9 Our responsibility for loss or damage suffered by you

    Your use of our site is entirely at your own risk. Much of the information on our site has been provided by the relevant Car Rental Companies and/or users of our website who have provided reviews of the services. We will endeavour to ensure that the information is accurate and complete however, to the extent permitted by law, we shall not be liable for any loss or damage incurred by you as a result of the inaccuracy or incompleteness of the information.  

    Different limitations and exclusions of liability will apply to liability arising as a result of you booking any travel services on this site, which will be set out in our booking terms and conditions below. No representations, warranties or conditions are given by us in respect of any information which is provided to you on this site and any such representations, warranties or conditions are excluded, save to the extent that such exclusion is prohibited by law. 

    Please note that we only provide our site for domestic and private use. You agree not to use our site for any commercial or business purposes, and we have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity. To the extent permitted by law, our total liability arising under or in connection with these terms shall in all circumstances be limited to one thousand (1,000) euros.

    1. 10 Your responsibility for loss or damage suffered by us

    You are responsible for any losses suffered by us as a result of any use by you of our site which is not in accordance with these terms.

    1.11 Rules about linking to our site

    You may link to our home page, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it.

    You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.

    You must not establish a link to our site in any website that is not owned by you.

    Our site must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of our site other than the home page.

    We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.

    1.12 Currency conversions

    The currency rates on our site are based on various sources and are provided as a guideline only. The provider of the account you pay with may use an alternative currency rate which you are responsible for confirming.

    1. 13 Breach of these terms of use

    Failure to comply with these terms of use may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:

    Immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use our site. Immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any Contribution uploaded by you to our site.

    Issue of a warning to you. Legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach.

    Further legal action against you. Disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary or as required by law.

    1. 14 Which laws apply to any disputes?

    These terms of use and the provision of all services on Rentalmoose shall be governed by Estonian and European Union laws. You and we both agree that the courts of Estonia will have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes in relation to these terms.

    1.15 Language

    Where the original English version of these terms of use has been translated into other languages, the English version shall prevail in the event of any inconsistencies between the versions. The English version is available on our platform (by selecting any “English” language) or shall be sent to you upon your written request.

    1.16  Other

    If any court or relevant authority finds that part of these terms are illegal, the rest will continue in full force and effect.

    Even if we delay enforcing these terms, we may still take steps against you at a later date.

    2. Data Protection

    www.rentalmoose.com  website is operated on servers controlled by Rentalmoose OÜ., a Estonian based company.. If you do not want your data to be processed by Rentalmoose OÜ in Estonia, please do not use this site. By using our services, you acknowledge that your data will be processed in Estonia and recognize that processing your data by Rentalmoose OÜ is required for us to provide you with our services.

    You may at any time request to see the information which is being held by us and request to make amendments to this information or delete this information. Please contact us at info@rentalmoose.com or use our postal address:
    Rentalmoose OÜ
    Tuukri 50, Tallinn  10112, Estonia

    3. Reservations

    Generally, reservations via Rentalmoose are confirmed immediately. Exceptions can include last-minute bookings, on request bookings, special vehicles, one-way rentals and optional equipment. In these cases Rentalmoose has to request a confirmation from the car rental company. Following confirmation and payment, Rentalmoose sends a car rental voucher to the customer by email. The client has to present this voucher to the car rental company at time of pick-up. The actual rental agreement is concluded locally between the customer and the car rental company and is subject to the car rental company’s terms & conditions as well as local legislation. Rentalmoose reserves the right to change the booking to another car rental company – subject to availability – and to inform the customer in due time.

    4. Payment

    Customers have to pay a booking fee to Rentalmoose at time of reservation. Amount of the booking fee is to be determined before payment.  Payment must be made by bank card, depending on Car Rental Company requirements it can be Debit or Credit card or both. At the time of pick-up, a valid bank card in the name of the main driver (the name on your car hire booking) must be presented to the car rental company for the deposit (see “Deposit”). Only upon receipt of full payment Rentalmoose will send the car rental voucher – once confirmed by the car rental company – to the customer. All prices are based on 24-hour periods starting with the pick-up time. The charged price is valid for the confirmed duration. Variations can result in additional charges locally e.g. in case of early returns the car rental company might charge higher daily rates and/or in case of late returns the car rental company might charge the extra hours/days at locally applicable rates. As Rentalmoose is acting as a Disclosed Agent we are unable to issue an invoice with VAT. Should you need an invoice with VAT we recommend that you contact the car rental supplier.

     5. Deposit

    At time of pick-up the car rental company requires a deposit. This takes place by an amount being blocked or charged on the international, valid credit card issued in the name of the renter. Debit cards and prepaid credit cards might not be not accepted, please check each supplier’s terms.  Information regarding the acceptance of credit cards at time of pickup can be found in the terms and conditions of each car rental company during the booking process and on the voucher. In general, the deposit amount includes the value of a full tank plus the excess in case of damages to or theft of the rental car plus any local charges (for optional equipment, optional insurances taken out locally, one-way fees etc.)

    6. Car Category

    Reservations and confirmation are for car categories only, never for a specific make or model. Car rental companies maintain fleets with many different makes and models of similar size and configuration. Car rental companies reserve the right to provide similar or higher category cars to the customer than originally booked and paid for. 

    7. Pick up & Return of Rental Cars

    Already at time of reservation the customer determines exactly where and when the pick-up and the return of the rental car will take place. When making a reservation for pick-up at an airport location, Rentalmoose and the car rental company require the flight number and arrival time. Should you expect to be delayed for the pickup of the vehicle, you should also contact us to ensure your vehicle can be confirmed after the scheduled timing. For pick-ups at downtown locations customers only need to provide the exact time. In general, car rental companies will hold the rental car available for pick-up until 30 to 60 minutes after the originally reserved time, as long as this is within the normal location opening hours. Pick-ups outside of normal location opening hours are on request and will be charged an extra fee. 

    8. Deliveries & Collections

    This service can be requested with the car rental companies from downtown locations for an extra fee. For deliveries and collections requests it is mandatory to provide the hotel name, address and telephone number. Agreed times are approximate only and can vary by up to 60 minutes. Deliveries and collections of rental cars are not possible to/from cruise terminals, private accommodation, Fincas or campgrounds. 

    9. Driver License

    Renters and additional authorized drivers must present a valid driving licence at time of pick-up which they must have held for at least 1 year, exceptionally for 3 years or more (for details see Rental company and voucher terms & conditions). If the valid national driving licence is not completely in the Roman alphabet, then an International Driving Permit (IDP) is mandatory, valid only in addition to the national driving licence. Some car rental suppliers always require an IDP at time of pick-up even if the original national driver license is in the Roman alphabet (for details see voucher terms & conditions). All car rental suppliers have minimum age requirements. Some of the suppliers also have a maximum age limit. This is valid for both the main and the additional driver. 

    10. Additional Drivers

    With some car rental companies the fees for additional drivers are already included in the price; others charge a daily fee at time of pick-up. Such fees are stated on Rentalmoose’s website and on the car rental voucher. In any case, additional drivers need to be registered in the rental agreement and need to present the same documents as the renter at time of pick-up (driving licence and International Driving Permit where required and passport/personal ID). 

    11. Insurances

    Fees, inclusions and coverage differ by destination, car rental company and car category. Customers should refer to the actual rental agreements (in local language, often with English translations) of the car rental companies for details. In general, insurance claims based on the rental agreement can only be made when damages are reported to and recorded by local police. In any case it is a prerequisite that utilization of the rental car is in accordance with the rental agreement. Rentalmoose’s products and prices always include: liability insurance including legally required minimum coverage, CDW = Collision Damage Waiver with or without excess depending on the car rental company. CDW never covers damage to tyres, glass, exterior mirrors, underside, interior, roof, engine, damage to the locks and loss of vehicle keys. TP = Theft Protection with or without excess depending on the car rental company.

    12. Refundable Excess Products

    For car rental bookings in most destinations and with most of our car rental partners, Rentalmoose is offering a Refundable Excess product for an additional fee. Detailed terms and conditions and prices are part of the car rental voucher and are being communicated at time of reservation. This Refundable Excess policy is NOT an insurance but a special service of Rentalmoose LLC. Rentalmoose will decide on the validity and the extent of the claim according to the company’s best judgement. When the car rental booking includes the Refundable Excess product from Rentalmoose (not from the car rental company), customers need to provide the following documents in case of damage to or theft of the rental car: rental agreement, damage report from the car rental company, police report or – in case of single vehicle accidents a police notification, proof of payment/credit card statement. Only when all documents are present and wilfulness and severe negligence can be excluded, a refund will be processed. Rentalmoose’s Refundable Excess product is in no way linked to any CDW offered by car rental companies. No refund will be made when damages/accidents occurred due to violation of local traffic rules, breach of the rental agreement or when any involved third party refuses the settlement of the claim. All rental agreements are subject to the local legislation of the pick-up country. 

    13. Refundable Excess

    With Refundable Excess, damage to certain vehicle parts is always excluded from the refund: damage to glass, tyres, the interior, gearbox, underside, roof, clutch, engine, oil sump, damage caused by filling with wrong fuel, accidents caused by animals (including beech marten bites). Please refer to the voucher (the last page) for more detailed information on exceptions with the purchased product. Refundable Excess does not cover damage to or loss of personal property, vehicle theft due to the loss of vehicle keys, car rental supplier’s income loss for the vehicle which cannot be used, roadside assistance, towing charges, any processing fees in the event of damage (if applicable), administrative fees nor any subsequent personal costs such as telephone bills, hotel accommodation, public transportation or taxi costs. A refund is also impossible if the accident has been caused by breaking the local traffic rules and/or if the driver has been issued with a fine, and/or when the insurance company (even if the other party involved) has rejected the claims settlement on the spot. All rental agreements are subject to the local legislation of the pick-up country. 

     14. Refundable Excess with Extra Cover

    Refundable Excess with Extra Cover excludes: damage to the interior and gears. For more details and the individual exclusions of the purchased product, please refer to the voucher (the last page ). This product also does not cover any damage to or loss of personal property, vehicle theft due to loss of vehicle keys, car rental supplier’s loss of income for the vehicle which cannot be used, roadside assistance, towing charges, any processing fees in the event of damage (if applicable), administrative fees nor any subsequent personal costs such as telephone bills, hotel accommodation, public transportation or taxi costs. A refund is also impossible if the accident has been caused by breaking the local traffic rules and/or if the driver has been issued with a fine, and/or when the insurance company (even of the other party involved) has rejected the claims settlement on the spot. All rental agreements are subject to the local legislation 

    15. Additional Coverage

    At time of pick-up the car rental company might offer you additional coverage including but not restricted to PAI (Personal Accident Insurance), PEC (Personal Effects Coverage), Super CDW, Seguro Relax Insurance, Road Assistance etc. Rentalmoose does not refund any locally purchased insurance charges/fees even if deemed unnecessary after return of the rental car. 

     16. One-way Rentals

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    Manuel Antonio National Park. Green, thick rain forest and long sandy beach, calm crystal blue sea on a clear day in costa rica.

    Pura Vida Road Trip- Costa Rica Itinerary

    Pura Vida – the magical word combination that all of us are searching for in this life. Simply translated Pura Vida means “pure life” or “simple life”. This is the motto of the people in Costa Rica. Not just a motto but actually a way of living. Discover your Pura Vida with our curated Costa Rica itinerary.

    Shouldn’t it be the same for all of us? That’s why I decided to fly to Costa Rica and travel around the country by car – to find this magical Pura Vida for myself during an unforgettable Costa Rica road trip. 

    Click here for detailed directions

    Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

    San Jose to Arenal Volcano- 135 kilometers (85 miles)📍 

    Arenal Volcano to Papagayo Peninsula- 170 kilometers (105 miles)📍 

    Papagayo Peninsula to Jaco- 230 kilometers (140 miles)📍 

    Jaco to Manuel Antonio- 70 kilometers (45 miles)📍

    Manuel Antonio to Pacuare Lodge- 265 kilometers (165 miles)📍

    Pacuare Lodge to Limon- 70 kilometers (45 miles)📍

    Limon to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca- 60 kilometers (40 miles)📍

    1000 kilometers (600 miles) in total

    Planning- Before You Leave

    Before setting off to explore Costa Rica with our detailed itinerary, take a look at some essential information listed below.

    Why should you visit Costa Rica?

    Costa Rica has it all the rainforests, the volcano, powerful waterfalls, the tropical jungles and beautiful Caribbean beaches (both white sand and black sand). There really is everything in this small country – from relaxation to hard parties. Let’s start to explore!

    Rentalmoose tip: Get yourself a four-wheel-drive car to explore Costa Rica as some of the roads can get bumpy. And some places might not have roads at all. Find a suitable car for your Costa Rica road trip using Rentalmoose.

    Can tourists drive in Costa Rica?

    Absolutely! All you need to drive in Costa Rica is a driving license issued in your home country. International Driving Permits are not mandatory.

    Although the general traffic rules are similar to those in other countries, the enforcement of traffic laws leaves a somewhat gray area. With that in mind, it is advised to follow all of the regulations.

    Traffic in Costa Rica is one the right side of the road.

    Now that you’re all set, let’s dive into your Costa Rica itinerary!

    San José

    san jose costa rica  whitewashed government building, white facade traditional architecture in the heart of san jose on a sunny day. Costa Rican flag in the foreground.

    San Jose photographed by Jose Conejo Saenz.

    My flight took me to the capital of Costa Rica – San José – the biggest city in the country. I decided to stay here for a few nights to discover the city as well. San Jose is an absolute must on any Costa Rica itinerary by car.

    My suggestion would be to stay 1 day or 1 night as Costa Rica countryside has so much more to offer than this big and noisy city.

    It’s good to know that San José is the least violent city in the Latin American region! Some people even say that Costa Rica is the Switzerland of America. 

    The architecture in San José is mostly not very beautiful with some exceptions. The pretty buildings can be found around the Paseo Colon. 

    What can’t you miss in San Jose?

    Teatro Nacional is a stunning Neoclassical building that is home to Costa Rica’s national opera and ballet companies.

    If you have decided to spend a night in the city then go see a show – this is the best way to see the beautiful architecture of this building and of course to enjoy the lovely performance. 

    It’s also possible just to buy a tour in the building if you have no time for the show. 

    Rentalmoose insider tip: There are often art exhibitions or different performances on the square in front of the Theatre! These are free for the public, so keep your eyes open!

    If you are interested in the history of the country then there is the National Museum of Costa Rica in San José. It’ll keep you occupied for a while. 

    Another lovely building close-by is San José’s Metropolitan Cathedral. It’s famous for its stained glass windows but there’s a lot to see on the inside as well – like delicate tile work and sculptures. 

    Where to stay in San Jose?

     There are some hotels with lovely Colonial-style architecture  – for example, Hotel Grano de Oro (which was chosen as a top hotel in Central America and Caribbean region by Condé Nast in 2018!) which has beautiful wooden decor in its rooms. 

    The hotel also has a fabulous gourmet restaurant with the same name, which is one of the top restaurants in San José! Grano de Oro’s famous restaurant serves a fusion of Costa Rican and European cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

    Rentalmoose tip: When booking a hotel or a restaurant in San Jose, be careful – there is a city with the exact same name in the US as well! Make sure you make your reservations to the right city! Learn from other people’s mistakes (read – mine haha!). 

    Next on your Costa Rica itinerary: Arenal Volcano, 3 hours

    Arenal Volcano

    Large arenal volcano mountain seen from a nearby rain forest. The tip of the volcano is covered by large white clouds, seen on a sunny day in costa rica.

    Arenal Volcano in the clouds

     After wining and dining in San José it’s time to start the engine and set off on your Costa Rica road trip! The first stop is the Costa Rican volcano – Arenal. 

    Arenal is one of seven historically active Costa Rican volcanoes along with Poás, Irazú, Miravalles, Orosí, Rincón de la Vieja complex, and Turrialba. 

    There are 2 roads that can take you to Arenal, but we chose the longer one because there is a beautiful waterfall on the way and, well – who doesn’t love chasing waterfalls? 

    La Paz Waterfall

    My chosen road goes through Alajuela and I made a stop at the La Paz waterfall. It’s in the middle of the tropical forest – such a lovely view and refreshing air! By the way, it’s a popular wedding ceremony destination so you might get to witness one as well! 

    Poas Volcano

     Very close to La Paz waterfall is another volcano called Poas volcano. It’s an active 2,708-metre stratovolcano. A stratovolcano is a conical volcano built up by many layers of hardened lava, tephra, pumice, and ash. 

    There is an open viewing point from where you can actually see inside the crater of the volcano! A very cool experience indeed! 

    Arenal Volcano

    After experiencing the La Paz and Poas, it’s time to continue the drive to your final destination of the day which is Arenal Volcano National Park. The perfectly symmetrical Arenal was Costa Rica’s most active volcano until 2010. And it’s in the top 10 of World’s most active volcanoes. 

     Thanks to the volcanoes, the area has another thing it’s famous for – its hot springs.

    The whole area together with its hotels is basically a large spa, perfect after traveling the whole day! 

    These springs originate in a geothermally heated underground river. Local hotels tap into this source and bring the water to the surface, creating mineral-rich hot springs for their guests to enjoy.

    Need any more reasons to stay? I didn’t think so! 

    Where to stay near the Arenal Volcano?

    There are several hotels to choose from, my recommendations would be Tabacon Thermal Resort, The Springs Resort, or The Royal Corin Resort. Now relax and enjoy your time!

    Next on the Costa Rica itinerary: Papagayo Peninsula, 3 hours

    Papagayo Peninsula

    empty, white sandy beach in papagayo peninsula in costa rica. Small waves, blue ocean and green resort lawn lined with tall palm trees. Sunny day in costa rica

    You are probably totally soaked and relaxed and it’s time to live the wellness area behind because another resort is waiting for you – welcome to Papagayo Peninsula. The place with pretty beaches and tropical forests. 

    The peninsula has been formed this way by the volcanic activity and weather.

    There are 31 separate beaches on the 15mi / 24km of the peninsula. Not too many private wild beaches left in the world but this is your chance to find one!

     You now have 2 options – whether you prefer to stay in the peninsula to discover more of it or go hunt other beaches on the coast. 

    Where to stay in the Papagayo Peninsula?

    If you’d like to stay in the peninsula for longer and indulge yourself in the tropic but at the same time in luxury then the Four Seasons hotel is a place for you. A luxury in the jungle! 

    Andaz Costa Rica Resort will also be just as good of an option for treating yourself. Find your inner explorer as the place has many experiences to offer, choose from hiking, surfing, paddleboarding, animal spotting, snorkeling, diving, and many more outdoor activities. 

    What are the best beaches near Papagayo?

    If you don’t plan to stay in the peninsula then hit the road again and start driving to the South. There will be many beautiful beaches along your way – Playa Flamingo, Playa Grande and Tamarindo to name a few. If you have plenty of time to discover Costa Rica – go and see all these different beaches and villages next to those. 

    If you are on a strict time limit, then choose one of the following beaches: 

    Playa Flamingo

    Playa Flamingo is one of Costa Rica’s most popular beaches because it has the finest white sand, clear blue water, and lagoons. The prettiest and probably most crowded due to that.

    Playa Grande

    Playa Grande is, as its name suggests, a long beach. It is an important part of the national park because it’s a nesting place for leatherback turtles. It is still open to the public but it’s very protected. So take only pictures and leave only footprints!

    Tamarindo

     Tamarindo is a surfers’ paradise, you can really feel the hippie lifestyle vibes here. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, and nightlife in addition to beach life here. 

    Rentalmoose tip: If you want to discover even more of the peninsula, you can also visit these beaches: Santa Teresa, Montezuma, Samara (this one is quiet with nice sand and trendy cafes), Ostional (home of turtles!) and Nosara beach

    Next on your Costa Rica itinerary: Jaco, 3 and a half hours

    Jaco

    Jaco – the Costa Rican nightlife capital. Photography by Juliette Giannesini

     This will also be an optional visit along the route as Jaco is not just a town – but a beautiful and energetic beach spot. I put Jaco in the Costa Rica itinerary because it’s the surfing and partying capital of the country. So if you would like to do some dancing during your trip then this is the place for that! 

    What is the best beach in Jaco?

    Hermosa Beach

    If you love surfing then head to the Hermosa beach to catch the big waves. By the way, the International Quicksilver Championship is held at this beach. If you happen to travel at the same time, you can enjoy the show while comfortably sunbathing on the beach. There are also smaller surfing competitions going on every Saturday!

    Hermosa is also a great place for beginners so why not surprise yourself and take some surfing lessons or even participate in a surf camp?

    2-hour surf lessons cost about 50.- US dollars per person and there are many cool surfing schools, like School of the World, Tortuga, and Jaco Surf School.

    Playa Jaco

    Playa Jaco is a very nice and clean beach and popular with tourists. Be aware that there are very strong tides here, so if traveling with kids, keep an eye on them at all times! 

    Jaco is okay to travel with kids as its not party all over, there are plenty of other things to do and see here as well – like horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, ATV tours, kayaking, boat rides, rafting, canopy zip line, waterfall tour, a catamaran tour along the coast or a walking tour on the hanging bridges at the Rainmaker Park. I mean there is a lot to do for adventure seekers!

    Rentalmoose tip: A good idea would also be a day trip to Tortuga Island. This will get you a real Caribbean feeling with its white sand and clear blue waters!

    Herradura Beach

    The best beach for kids would probably be Herradura beach – a more tranquil beach, which is also perfect if you need a break from the pulsing energy of more heavily-populated areas. 

    The nightlife

     And now back to the party talk. After surfing this is the next reason people come to Jaco. There are many beer bars where the surfers go but also some fancier options to choose from. 

    Popular clubs in Jaco are Le Loft, ManCave and Orange Pub. There are also two good beach clubs to check out – Black Marlin and Jaco Blu

    After surfing and partying like there is no tomorrow, it’s time to escape from Jaco and head to a quieter place.

    Next on the Costa Rica itinerary: Manuel Antonio, 1 hour

    Manuel Antonio

    Manuel Antonio National Park. Green, thick rain forest and long sandy beach, calm crystal blue sea on a clear day in costa rica.

    The wonderful nature and beaches of Manuel Antonio photographed by Gloriana Anchetta.

     You have arrived at your next destination – Manuel Antonio National Park – the jewel of Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio is the most popular national park in all of Costa Rica. It’s not the biggest but it is so beautiful and has a diversity of wildlife. 

    Manuel Antonio National Park has several beautiful beaches, especially if you’re into snorkeling! You’ll instantly fall in love with the place.

    What is the best beach in Manuel Antonio National Park?

    If you love white sand beaches then Playa Manuel Antonio is the place to be for you! By the way – Playa Manuel Antonio was voted as number 1 beach in the world by travelers in Tripadvisor’s “Traveller’s Choice Award 2019”. 

    Or maybe you’ll prefer a little hidden beach? Head 20 mi / 32 km south from the Manuel Antonio National Park and you’ll get to the Playa Linda. This will be a complete escape from the highly visited typical tourist attractions. 

    Next to Playa Linda, there is another hidden gem- Playa Matapalo

    Local Farmers’ Market

     Another great experience near Manuel Antonio National Park is a local farmers market called Quepos Feria. Local feria in Quepos starts late afternoon on Friday and is open until 12 pm on Saturday. 

    You can find everything you need for your perfect vacation from the Feria – local seasonal fruits and vegetables, artisanal fresh cheeses, fresh fish/chicken/meats, homemade desserts, jams, herbs and spices, flowers, fresh pipa water right out of the shell (coconut water) and even locally made jewelry and clothing. 

    After the exciting time at the feria with the locals, go to Nahomi Park to enjoy the end of the day with tranquil sunset views. 

    Whether you are traveling with a family, couple or friends, eco-tourists, seeking exciting adventures, or just to relax, you have come to the right place.

    Next on the Costa Rica itinerary: Pacuare, 5 hours

    Pacuare Lodge

    single boat rafting down pacuare river. exciting sport to get to pacuare lodge is via whitewater rafting. The river surrounded by rainforest and large rock.
    Rafting is the best way of getting to the lodge. Photography by Paco Martinez.

     Now it’s time to discover a real natural rain forest. Unfortunately, Costa Rica doesn’t shine with its roadways so you have to take the same road back which you used to come to Manuel Antonio.

    Drive through Jaco and head towards San Jose. After passing the capital city and Irazu volcano you are about to arrive. 

    Pacuare Lodge is a hotel that lies in the midst of the rainforest. It’s not possible to reach it by car, you have to leave your car at some parking place and the hotel transfer minivan will come to pick you up from there. 

    Getting to the Pacuare Lodge

    Take only a small bag with you because the journey to the hotel is something you have probably never experienced before – your bag will be put into a bigger waterproof bag and you will have to go rafting to the hotel through a Pacuare river! 

    Rentalmoose tip: Keep in mind that the tides can be strong and the road to the hotel can be jumpy so it’s not the best idea when traveling with small kids. 

    Once you arrive at the hotel you’ll be soaking wet, so keep that in mind when choosing the clothes for your rafting trip. 

    The property

    The hotel and its area are absolutely amazing. You are lucky if the weather is sunny but otherwise remember that you are in the rainforest so it can rain. A lot. Like, 48 hours straight. 

    The rain won’t stop this place to be nothing but amazing. Your room is like a little wooden house – it doesn’t have windows or doors, just the insect net – which comes in handy as you can imagine what kind of life goes on in the rainforest! You will have an outdoor shower as well. Instead of slippers, you will have complimentary rain boots and umbrellas in your room.

    The hotel provides many excursions in the forest which are good to participate in. The restaurant is amazing – great cuisine and an excellent wine list! 

    For more romantic dining, they have a table built on the tree. That is something very different, so I definitely recommend giving it a try!

    I think 2-3 days it the rainforest will be enough. After that the journey back will be (yeah, you guessed it) through the river rafting again!

    Next on the Costa Rica itinerary: Limon, 1 hour 30 minutes

    Limon

    royal palm trees tall palm trees planted on a green lawn in limon costa rica. seen from below, natural beauty of costa rica on a clear day.

    Royal palm trees are a frequent sight in Limon. Photo by Falco/pixabay.com

     After getting constantly wet on the rainforest there is no better plan than to go to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, to warm yourself up at the beach! The road trip heads to Limon,  the second-largest city in Costa Rica with a population of about 55 000 people. Arriving here can make you feel a bit confused – I sure felt like I had arrived in Jamaica instead. 

    Limon is the home of the Afro Costa-Rican community. A part of the community traces its roots to Italian, Jamaican and Chinese laborers who worked on a late nineteenth-century railroad project that connected San José to Puerto Limón.

     Puerto Limon is not a very touristic place. Although big cruise ships dock here, most of the tourists still head to the West coast of the country. The port mostly is for exporting fruits. It can be a good thing to see a side of Costa Rica that is untouched by the Western world (with its port as an exception). 

    Is Limon worth a visit?

    Limon is a big port city, so it is good to visit it just for a day and head to a calmer place to spend the night. Unless you happen to visit it during mid-October when the 12-days annual Carnival takes place. 

    What are the best places to eat in Limon?

     Treat yourself to a true Caribbean style meal in either of these restaurants: Soda El Patty, Mirador Da Domenico Red Snapper, or Caribbean Kalisi Coffee Shop

    Next on the Costa Rica itinerary: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, 1 hour

    Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    Small wave splashes the black sand coast of playa negra. black sand beach in puerto viejo de talamanca costa rica. Dark sand and mangroves near the shore.

    Exotic black sand beach – Playa Negra

     After a day well spent in the Puerto Limon, it is time to head even more south – almost to the border of Panama – to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. It’s a more quiet seaside resort where it’s good to have your final rest before heading back to the airport.

    The best beaches around Puerta Viejo

    Although it’s on the Caribbean side and you’d probably expect some white sand beaches, this place is actually known for its black sand beach – Playa Negra. For a white sandy beach experience try one of these – Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita, Playa Blanca.

    Surfing in Puerta Viejo

     Puerto Viejo is already known for the surfers, it is actually becoming a hot spot for them. They come here to ride the famous Salsa Brava waves which have made the place one of the top-rated surfing paradises in the world. Be warned of the waters here, they have a strong rip current. So, swimming is not advised. This beach is for surfing experts only. 

    Don’t worry, there are many other tropical beaches just within walking distance where it is safe to relax and swim. 

    If you are not the one who has the patience to just chill on the beach, the place has many activities as well – horseback tours of the area, snorkeling, diving, mountain biking, kayaking, or boogie boarding. 

    You can take a chocolate tour. Yes – chocolate is an important crop in this area of Costa Rica and you can take a tour to learn how they grow cacao trees, process the cocoa bean, and make chocolate. 

    Nightlife

    Puerto Viejo also has a lively nightlife – there are many bars, clubs, and restaurants in the area. It’s also great to know that the prices are not too high here (probably another reason after surfing why the place is popular amongst the hip youngsters). 

    I must add that the roads here are in very poor condition. Except for the main highway, all the other roads are dirt paved. But it’s actually kind of cool to have a rustic place that hasn’t been changed by human hand so much.

    As I have already mentioned that Costa Rica doesn’t shine with the amount of highways, you have to take the same road back to San Jose to reach the airport and drop off your rental car just nearby it. Browse through available rental cars for your road trip to Costa Rica via Rentalmoose

     Costa Rica is not about glamour. It’s about letting yourself be part of nature. Forget your daily worries that don’t have any meaning in the long terms of life. Be part of Mother Earth, appreciate it and all the living creatures on our planet. Take care of it. Enjoy what it has to offer and try not to change it. This is the meaning of living Pura Vida that I discovered for myself during this trip. 

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