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  1. #11
    yeah, me and my hombres got pulled over coming out of Tamarindo after drinking all night...22,000 colones later, we were on our way, but not until after I yelled at the cop "Tu Loco! He'd be morte!"...his breathalyzer claimed that my friend blew a 5.0> and i called bullsh$t.

  2. #12
    I got pulled over and accused of DUI just outside of Jaco. I was by myself, and had not been drinking. The cops gave me a breathalyzer and claimed that I was drunk. They refused to show me the results too. I don't remember exactly how much I had to pay to get out of that one, but it scared me enough not to drive when in CR anymore.

  3. #13
    tico travel.com good rates no bs. I'm flying out fri. morn solo heading to hermosa for a night then down to dominical and hopefuly mantapalo.

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by Kahuna Kai View Post
    I got pulled over and accused of DUI just outside of Jaco. I was by myself, and had not been drinking. The cops gave me a breathalyzer and claimed that I was drunk. They refused to show me the results too. I don't remember exactly how much I had to pay to get out of that one, but it scared me enough not to drive when in CR anymore.
    Luckily, the first night we got there we made friends with a local...he wasn't in the car with us at the time we got pulled over, but the rest of the trip he was with us and we never had any more problems. We went through a couple checkpoints and the cops had assault rifles, but he said they were mainly there to check for Nicos...i was so glad we had someone with us who could speak fluent Spanish.

  5. #15
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    I've been traveling to Costa Rica for over 8 years and have a place in Jaco. If your staying on the central pacific near Jaco, then talk to Warren at Zuma: http://www.zumarentacar.com/

    Tell him Jon from Costa Linda Condominums sent you.

    The have no hidden fees...the price you see on the web site is includes all mandatory insurance and their cars and suv's are great. They will come pick your crew up at the airport in your rental car FREE on charge and take you back to Jaco. Drop of the driver in town and take the car for the week. When your ready to head home, pick the driver up at the shop and he'll take you back to the airport. They WILL make you put a $1000 deposit down...the won't charge it to your credit card unless there are damages when you turn it back in. They are the best in Costa Rica. If your not staying near Jaco go with ADOBE...they're all over the country. If you need any other infor on Costa Rica, send me a message... Costa Rica is my second home.

    Pura Vida

  6. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erock View Post
    A lot of this info would have done the guy solid back in 2009...
    HAHA- has anyone else noticed that this thread was started in 2009! STILL... brings back some great memories of CR...
    I remember renting from this Tricolor rental years ago- and they held some kind of deposit on my card... and the truck was a piece! At least we didn't get robbed, the thing was sooo old-it looked like a locals truck!

  7. #17
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    I rented from budget and didn't have to put down anything but did have to pay a nice penny after my car got broken into. WHATEVER YOU DO DON'T PARK IT ON THE STREET IN SAN JOSE!!!!

  8. #18
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    They love to shake you down when you have boards on the roof. They know the locals aren't driving around in rentals with new board bags on the roof. Well at least I think thats how they picked me off.

  9. #19
    Always carry a copy of your passport (with the new Costa Rica stamp) and NEVER give a copy your passport or drivers license. It's my experience that if you call their bull**** they let you go. Their real tickets are expensive and involve tons of paperwork and most cops are just looking to see how much they can shake you down for. If you refuse to pay and they don't have your passport, they will generally let you go unless you have actually broken the law.

    If you happen to have a credit card that offers Rental Car Insurance internationally, you must bring proof in order to waive the required fees. I'm still waiting to see if Economy tries to charge my CC for the tire and wheel. There was no tread left on these tires at all.

    @Koki, if you're blowing 5.0 and still standing, my hat is off to you, my friend.