Many people told me I was crazy to rent a car and drive through the countryside of Costa Rica. Honestly, I am glad I did rent a car. I am the same guy that drove from Cancun to Telum, Mexico so I have made some very unsafe drives. There was never a moment driving from San Jose to Jaco to Manuel Antonio in which I didn’t feel safe. I stopped at a few gas stations and had no concerns in terms of car trouble. That said, if I had a flat tire or had car troubles in some of the more remote areas, it would have been extremely difficult to not only communicate but to fix the car. It is not like there are Jiffy Lubes on every corner in Costa Rica.