explore costa rica with sun valley renta a car

Sun Valley Rent A Car is a family owned and operated car rental agency in Costa Rica offering affordable rates to all travelers.
With over 30 years of experience in the industry you can rest assure our team members will provide you with the high quality customer service you deserve and that distinguish us from others.
We are the best car rental in Costa Rica!

Our office is conveniently located just 1km North of Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO) and part of our personalized service is to deliver your rental vehicle directly at the airport or hotel for your convenience, no shuttle needed and you will be on the road in minutes.

We specialize in SUV rentals which are the preferred vehicle type for our bumpy roads. We offer different categories of SUVs depending on your travel needs, from compact 4×4 to full size 4×4. We have you covered!

You can have complete peace of mind that no additional or hidden fees will be added when you arrive to Costa Rica, our quotes and rates are final, including all services, taxes and fees.
We know this is a BIG concern most travelers have with car rentals in this tropical paradise.

 Let us be part of your unforgettable vacation to Costa Rica and enjoy an outstanding experience from start to finish!

Why Choose Us

Outstanding Services

For over 30 years we have been renting vehicles at economic rates.

Sun Valley Rent A Car is proud to be one of the top rated Car Rental companies in Costa Rica. As a family owned and operated agency we offer a personalized service from beginning to end.
Transparency is key in this industry, this is why our quotes are guaranteed, what you see is what you’ll pay. There won’t be any unpleasant surprises when you arrive to Costa Rica.


Car rental Insurance included

Our daily rates already include at NO extra charge the following coverages:

Mandatory Third Party Liabiliy:
Protects the renters against liabilities resulting from injuries or damage to third party property

Basic Collision Damage Waiver:
Limits the liability due to damages and/or theft of the rental vehicle.
When we say our rates are ALL INCLUSIVE, we mean it.

Click here to learn more about Costa Rica car rental insurance.

Name for Quality Vehicles

Our car rental fleet consists of modern well known brands and all vehicles are constantly checked for preventative maintenance in our own workshop to ensure your safety. We have a wide variaty of 4×4 SUVs to fit your needs, from compact size to full size.

Personalized Service

Friendly & trustworthy customer service. Customer satisfaction is our #1 priority. You are not a reservation number to us; You are much more than that and we would love to prove it to you. Become part of the Sun Valley Rent A Car Family! Book your car rental in Costa Rica today!


5 Star reviews on Google, Facebook and TripAdvisor, click here to read more.

Word of mouth is the best form of advertisment, we go above and beyond for all of our customers making us one of the top rated Car Rental’s in Costa Rica.

24 Hours Support

We include for free 24/7 road side assistance to give you peace of mind that someone will always be there to assist you with any matter.


What Our Clients Say

5 Stars

Sun Valley is simply incredible! This was our 3rd time using them and they have consistently delivered for us. We used another company before and they were good, but Sun Valley is on a whole other level. The first two trips were vacations and everything went incredibly smooth. They are a great value and have over the top customer service. Booking, clear pricing, payment, and pickup/dropoff are all very smooth. They bring the car to you (once at the airport and once at a local hotel) and go over everything and get you all set to go. Cars are clean and well-maintained. This last rental was for 3 weeks as we have moved here permanently. We rented a car until we could finalize our purchase of a vehicle in CR. They brought the car to our AirBnB when we arrived and they helped us secure transportation from the airport to our AirBnB with our 10 bins, luggage and our large dog. When we needed to extend the reservation, it was no problem. Aaron & Randall were so incredibly helpful. We highly recommend Sun Valley and will be sending our friends and family to them when they come to visit.

Andy R.

5 Stars
Honestly, I have to say that Sun Valley is hands down the best car rental company in Costa Rica. I’ve traveled to many countries in the past, and their service is truly top-tier. The owner goes above and beyond in providing excellent customer service, and their response time is exceptional. From the moment you inquire about renting a car, the owner keeps you well-informed and guides you through every step of the process, ensuring you know exactly what to expect. Not only was the car in excellent condition without any issues, but it was the outstanding customer service that truly made the experience memorable. Moreover, the price they offer is very reasonable, making it even more worthwhile. I felt confident in placing my trust in Sun Valley, knowing that they would deliver a reliable and enjoyable car rental experience. While other car rental companies may provide you with a vehicle, Sun Valley truly stands out with their exceptional level of customer care and their commitment to providing value for your money.

Jason F.
5 Stars

Excellent first class service. The experience with Sun Valley rent a car was wonderful from the first minute. They answered all the questions we had via WhatsApp in a matter of minutes, in a detailed and friendly way. The 4×4 we booked (Suzuki Grand Vitara) was in perfect condition and really easy to drive. I want to leave an express mention for Randall who explained us how to use the 4×4, button by button, and was extremely clear and kind indicating us the conditions of the car rental contract. He also waited for us at the airport (the area where we agreed to pick up the 4×4) to deliver it to us and to receive it at the agreed time.
The company is very serious, responsible and they do NOT charge for “last minute” concepts like other companies, the price and conditions are clear from the first moment (and they include in the price the possibility of two drivers, which was very useful for us). Thank you very much!

Giselle G.

5 Stars

We rented an AWD SUV for 8 days. The vehicle was delivered to us at the airport and collected there as well, which was very nice. We got a free cooler. The employee that met us was SO polite and explained some basic rules/expectations/laws about driving in CR.

They were also very gracious at drop off when we were late because of traffic. Overall would rate our experience with Sun Valley 10/10!

Mariah W.

5 Stars

What a fantastic service! Our agent not only got us on the road quickly from the airport, but gave us tons of friendly advice about driving in this beautiful country. They were clear and fairly priced- we DEFINITELY needed the 4×4 to get around from time to time! I 100% recommend them.

Hallie G.


5 Stars

Sun Valley Rent A Car saved the day for us. We had heard before arriving to make sure and get a full quote from whichever rental company you use and to not have any additional charges added. We went with a large name company to be safe and were told before hand what the price was. When we arrived they practically charged us double. We walked out!
Soon we found Sun Valley, they were friendly, transparent and service oriented. They brought the car to us at the airport(no shuttle) and honored the price they stated on the phone. They were GREAT!
Return went the same, they met us at the airport, Easy!
Thank you Sun Valley!

Isabel B.

5 Stars

I normally rent from Hertz but this is the place to rent from if you’re in Costa Rica. Honest pricing, easy pick up and drop off. Would use again.

Austin B.

5 Stars

We used Sun Valley for our 10 day trip to Costa Rica. We had a great experience overall. I was met at the Liberia Airport with the car. They were clear and honest with all prices. The car was perfect for all road conditions. Highly recommend if you need transportation while in Costa Rica.

Gregory G.


5 Stars

I would absolutely recommend Sun Valley Car Rental for any car rental needs in Costa Rica! The owner, Aaron, is professional and on-time. He answered every one of my questions before I decided to rent the car and every question after. He made recommendations about where we could go and provided a detailed map, as well as a phone with Waze installed. The car was clean and ran great! We will use Sun Valley again when we return to Costa Rica!

Kristen E.

5 Stars

If you’re planning on getting a rental car for a visit anywhere in Costa Rica, there is absolutely nobody in the world I would recommend more than Aaron Hersey at Sun Valley rent a car in Santa Ana. He is so wonderful, and aside from the rental car stuff (airport pickup, catering to my slightly stressed doggo, giving me money for tolls…) he has been insanely helpful and saved me from getting ripped off regarding other services as well. He arranged an incredibly affordable private taxi to Cahuita ($100 USD less than other quotes), even checked in with me after I got to Cahuita. Best prices around, too! 6/5 stars. Above and beyond.

Tiffany T.

Best rental deal we have ever found in Costa Rica

We began using Sun Valley when Aaron’s dad Andy owned it and were always pleased with the cars, the service and the price. We continue to use it and it’s clear Aaron learned a lot from his dad about fair dealing and good service. We especially like the airport pickup he provides as it gets us on the road quickly and easily.

Paul F.
Toronto, Canada

Best prices – no surprise additional costs

My husband and I have visited Costa Rica 12 times in the past decade and in our experience, Aaron with Sun Valley has been the best car rental business to rent from. Easy to work with no gimmicks and with the best prices. Aaron’s English is perfect because his father’s side is from Boston and he’s fluent in English. I liked that:)


Five Perfect Vacations

Five Perfect Vacations, Two weeks of having a great car is what made my vacations fun and exciting. Aaron has delivered every year with a great car. Easy pickup and dropoff from airport via taxi or uber which I prefer, 10 minutes to Santa Ana. Easy financing for your stay. Unlimited mileage, and a good car. I would call Aaron for all my travel needs in CR. 506 22827013 Call him to book your vacation stay early as he does fully book during peak times.

Chuck W

5 Stars

Like father like son. Aaron has taken his father Andys Rental agency onto the next generation of personal service. Fair prices. dependable cars. Accommodating service. Airport pick ups arranged.


Perfect service and amazing staff

Me and my family have used Aaron and his family at Sun Valley Rentals for years and wouldn’t recommend anyone else, top notch service! I’ve saved money and felt treated like valued customer every time, something I can’t say of other rental services used in the past. If you are looking for the best, this is it, we wouldn’t think of renting from anyone else.

Neal H.

5 stars

You’ll find the best prices for car rental but the service provided is why you’ll want to return not just once but every time you need to rent a car to Sun Valley Rent a Car. Amazing costumer service, very professional, 100% recommended.

Mariafer M.

5 stars

We rented a car from Aaron while we were in the process of buying a car. Great service, nice cars, no problems whatsoever. Aaron is a friendly guy who cares about his customers. Highly recommended.

Thomas Y.

5 stars

We rented a car from Sun Valley on two occasions for two weeks in January and February. Great experience especially for Costa Rica as I lived there for 20 years. Car was ready when we arrived. No waiting (imagine that). Paperwork was effecient, car was clean, ran super, and Aaron was professional and personable. Rented from Aaron’s dad Andy in the past and will continue to rent from Aaron when we are in CR.

Kent B.

5 stars

Rented a car from Andy and Aaron, this at peak season– they were very very fair on pricing as all other larger rental car companies tried to rip me off, i.e. trying to charge three times the normal rate.
Sun Valley Rental Cars is a number that you want to have if you travel to Costa Rica

Bill T.
Charlottetown, Canada

5 Stars

Aaron has been very helpful in giving us all kinds of info about Costa Rica. He has outstanding prices and a real common sense approach to insurance. Several times in the past we rented from the “airport” companies and always had issues (forced expensive insurance, huge deposits etc.). There was always a surprise and it always cost more than we thought. We have rented 4 separate times.

Mark W.

5 Stars

We rented a car for 7 weeks and very happy with the company and Aaron could not have been more helpful. The other great thing was there were no add on extras. He gave us an all inclusive price and that was it. Very good communication and service. Thanks Aaron

David K.
Colchester, England

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