Driving in Costa Rica is an adventure unto itself. Destinations have no addresses, and people (ticos as the locals are called) give directions mostly by landmarks such as soccer fields or radio towers. The GPS in Costa Rica is programmed according to points of interest, not street addresses. Many of the local roads are not paved and renting a jeep or another 4WD is the way to go. After rains, driving on these unpaved roads can be extremely challenging. Although you may find driving here somewhat ambitious, it’s all part of the Costa Rican experience. It all depends on what kind of traveler you are and what kind of vacation you want. If you like the challenge of exploring on your own, looking at maps and asking people for directions or if you want to get behind the wheel and drive to your destination, then renting a car is for you. Alternatively, if you don’t want to find your destination on your own (and perhaps getting lost along the way), or you don't enjoy driving on dirt roads which may not always have the best conditions, then renting a car is not for you. Whichever way you decide to go, Costa Rica has plenty of rental car companies (as listed below), or taxis and vans that will always be available to take you where you want to go.