¿How does it work?

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Book with ARA Tours or directly on this site.

If you have decided to travel with Flexi VOUCHER, we invite you to make your reservation with ARA Tours or directly on this site. A Flexi VOUCHER package includes the following:
  • Welcome and transfer from the airport to a hotel in downtown San José
  • Lodging for the first night of your stay
  • 4x4 vehicle rental
  • ­ The requested amount of open hotel vouchers (Flexi VOUCHER), which can be used in more than 100 hotels in Costa Rica.
The minimum duration of the package is 7 nights, but you can decide how many nights you want your trip to last.
Flexi VOUCHER can be booked after Easter and before December 15; that is, during the low season, to guarantee hotel availability.
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Travel arrangements

When you confirm your reservation, we suggest reading our website to find detailed descriptions of regions and hotels, photos, maps, and tours. Upon your arrival in San José, our staff will welcome you and hand out the vouchers and other necessary information for you to have a pleasant and safe trip.
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Upon arrival

Our guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel in San José. He/she will provide you with all the necessary information about Flexi VOUCHER, a map, and further details to make your trip pleasant and safe. Your rental vehicle will be delivered the morning after your arrival at your hotel in San José at the agreed time. You also will receive a mobile phone, so you can make your hotel reservations. Most partnering hotels allow reservations up to 3 days before your stay, so we recommend calling them to ensure availability. Then, you can start your adventure and relaxing trip in our natural paradise, following your own itinerary.
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Hotel reservations

You can use Flexi VOUCHER in more than 100 hotels in Costa Rica. Please check hotel availability directly (at the reception desk or by calling the hotel one to 3 days before your arrival). It is very important that you always identify yourself as a Flexi VOUCHER client and give the hotel your personal reservation number. Flexi VOUCHERs are valid for standard rooms. If standard rooms are all booked, the hotel may offer you another room in a higher category and ask you to pay for the difference. If you do not wish to pay more, you can refuse the offer and choose another partnering hotel for your stay. Please keep in mind that a “no-show” fee applies if you book a room but don’t show up at the hotel.
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Hotel availability

Flexi VOUCHER includes more than 100 hotels. We have chosen several hotel options in the most visited places to avoid lack of availability. If you can’t find rooms available in any hotel close to your desired location, please contact our customer service agents for assistance.
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Mobile phone included

FlexiVOUCHER includes a mobile phone at no cost, but it requires a deposit that will not be refunded in case of damage or loss. The phone will be provided with the rental vehicle.
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Drive relaxed

Renting a car is the most flexible and individual way to explore the country! The Flexivoucher package includes two options a) a Category Compact vehicle b) an Intermediate Category vehicle to make it easy to drive with optimal comfort. The car will be delivered directly to your hotel after your first night in San Jose. Please be advised that the Flexivoucher program doesn't include any insurance so coverage must be acquired. The mandatory basic insurance ($20.00), is charged per rental day and varies slightly according to the car type. With this basic insurance, you have to cover the deposit of USD 1000 that will be charge, only in case of any damage, to your credit or debit card. You can exclude this risk with a voluntary additional insurance. We highly recommend you to acquire our Drive Relaxed package that includes full insurance coverage, 24/7 route assistance and a Hot Spot device for your own Mobile cellular to access, for example, navigation services and our detailed information online. It has an additional cost that depends on the type of vehicle you choose. If you wish to opt for this option, please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Compact Vehicle

Compact Vehicle

4WD SsangYong Korando Manual.

Intermediate Vehicle

Intermediate Vehicle

Hyundai Tucson IX35 - Manual Transmission - 4WD or similar.

Designing your trip

You must be looking forward to discovering Costa Rica. Here are some tips to make it easier for you in planning your trip:

Duration of
routes/distancess

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Duration of routes/distancess

Plan your trip routes ahead of time. Costa Rica has a wide network of roads and highways, but some are in poor condition or unpaved. Sometimes trucks hinder traffic flows on roads with dangerous curves, making it difficult to overtake other vehicles. You should schedule twice the time it takes you to travel on highways at home. If you plan to travel to remote areas, triple the time.

Some examples:

  • San José – Limón: 3 hours
  • Limón - Puerto Viejo, Caribbean Coast: 1 hour
  • Puerto Viejo, Caribbean Coast – Puerto Viejo, Sarapiquí: 3 ½ hours
  • Puerto Viejo, Sarapiquí – La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano: 2 hours
  • San José – Poás Volcano – La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano: 3 hours
  • San José – San Ramón – La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano: 3 hours
  • La Fortuna – Tilarán – Monteverde: 3 hours
  • La Fortuna – Tilarán – Cañas – Monteverde: 4 hours
  • Monteverde – Liberia: 2 ½ hours
  • Monteverde – San José: 3 ½ hours
  • Monteverde – Rincón de la Vieja: 3 ½ hours
  • Liberia – Rincón de la Vieja: 30 minutes
  • Liberia – Tamarindo: 1 hour
  • Liberia – Sámara: 2 hours
  • Liberia – Puntarenas: 2 ½ hours
  • Puntarenas – Jacó: 1 ½ hours
  • San José – Jacó: 1 ½ hours
  • Jacó – Manuel Antonio: 1 hour
  • Manuel Antonio – Dominical: 45 minutes
  • Dominical – Palmar Norte: 1 hour
  • San José – San Gerardo de Dota: 2 ½ hours
  • San José – San Isidro del General: 3 hours
  • San José – Dominical (via Cerro de la Muerte): 4 hours
  • Palmar Norte – Golfito: 1 hour
  • Palmar Norte – Puerto Jiménez: 2 ½ hours

Duration of
your stay

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Duration of your stay

Instead of rushing from one region to another without having the opportunity to fully enjoy tourist attractions, we recommend staying at least two nights in each place. This way, you will have at least one full day to enjoy the attractions in the area.

Driving at night or with rain

In Costa Rica, night falls at approximately 6 p.m.; however, the sun rises at 5 a.m. Driving at night is difficult because the roads are poorly lit and you may face unexpected obstacles such as potholes, cattle or animals crossing, on-coming traffic, etc. Therefore, we recommend arriving early to your destination and avoid driving at night. If it rains, driving can be rather challenging. Tropical rain can be very heavy, even during the day, so it is better to stop and wait for the rain to pass; then you can continue your journey more safely.

Safety
 

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Safety

Discovering the country in a rental vehicle is relatively safe, as long as you take into account current international safety regulations.

Be careful to avoid theft. Please check your travel documents for detailed information on security measures and rules of behavior.

We’d like to give you some of the most important tips for driving. Special care must be taken when traveling in and around San José. In general, you should only park your vehicle in official parking lots with the sign “Parqueo Público” (public parking). Also, look for guarded parking lots at national parks, hotels and restaurants, which are there for your safety.

Do not park your car on the side of the street, especially if you are carrying luggage that is visible through the windows of your vehicle. If you have no choice, cover your luggage with a blanket or large towel. Most tourist attractions will have secure parking, but it is still risky to leave valuables in your car. If you get a flat tire, secure your valuables, especially if someone offers to help you. It is better to be safe than sorry.
For further information download our brochure.

How to book with Flexi VOUCHER

You can book FlexiVoucher with ARA Tours contacting us at the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or directly on this web site on the following button:

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y 175m sur, Frente a la Universidad La Salle, San José, Costa Rica.
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