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 Post subject: Re: CR Bound October!
PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:43 pm 
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Just called Trawick re travel insurance because I could not find specifically that it covers the required 2K for accommodations. The agent confirmed that their policy did NOT cover it.
I would hate to get down there and have customs reject the insurance. Can you please elaborate on where you got your information?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:55 pm 
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2. Renting a car for the month, or not getting a car and ubering around everywhere. (Car for the month with all fees is about $700... pretty steep)


I bet that does not include the insurance. Full Insurance is required and your US Car insurance coverage for rentals is no acceptable in CR for Rental coverage. It is MUCH cheaper to purchase the insurance while in the US as you do your car rental reservation than to purchase on the spot in CR when you don't have the coverage.

One benefit from what I understand of renting is that there are no "day of the week" limitations you are allowed to drive with the current restrictions.


Price quoted is $700 with insurance Liability (the required insurance). The other insurance my credit card takes care of. And yes that is $700 with all fees and such through Adobe car (highly recommended).

I have insurance through my credit card as well...but when I checked they do not cover Costa Rica. I think it was only Canada, US, and maybe Mexico.
Also reached out to the SL. They are waiting for the CR Govnt to allow reopening, but they are hopeful for changes by Mid October.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:57 am 
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Just called Trawick re travel insurance because I could not find specifically that it covers the required 2K for accommodations. The agent confirmed that their policy did NOT cover it.
I would hate to get down there and have customs reject the insurance. Can you please elaborate on where you got your information?[/quote]

You are correct. I called to purchase mine yesterday and it was confirmed that it did not cover the lodging. The person who used Trawick may have gotten lucky. I gues Sagicor it is for me.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:10 pm 
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INS is the largest Costarican insurance company here. They sell insurance specifically for the traveler. Meets all requirements. Don’t know about price. You can also change the language of the site. Check it out. Fill out the info to get a quote. If good, pay and print. Period. Again, don’t know how they compare. I read they now lowered their pricing.

https://micrositios.ins-cr.com/seguroviajero/


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Thanks Whitecat and Calfsunshine for the info. Will check it out.

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Nationwide and Lloyds of London both have insurance that meets Costa Rica requirements. Pretty cheap and a lot more benefits than what are required. For someone 55 staying 8 days it was about 23.00


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:06 pm 
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CaliforniaSunshine wrote:
Hey Everyone.

I had to fucken get out, I was going crazy out here with the fires and lockdown. With that, I am CR bound next month. Have a few thoughts on my mind, hopeful some of you can chime in and let me know what you're thinking.

1. Maybe or maybe not staying at SL. I love it here, dont get me wrong. But I was thinking an Airbnb might be the way to go with cleanliness. Also not sure if SL will be open so I want to prepare just in case
2. Renting a car for the month, or not getting a car and ubering around everywhere. (Car for the month with all fees is about $700... pretty steep)
3. Going to Tamarindo via Private Shuttle (if any goes there), Rent a car, or fly via Sansa/Nature Air

With weather clearing up, I do want to spend most of my time in Tamarindo. Let me know your thoughts and give me some ideas as to what else you might add/change. Hope you guys are all safe.

Also for those of you looking to go down. I found on another forum that people are getting very cheap Travelers Insurance through Trawick Insurance, backed by Nationwide. I think my quote is around $56.


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2. Renting a car for the month, or not getting a car and ubering around everywhere. (Car for the month with all fees is about $700... pretty steep)


I do not know where you will get a rental car for 700.00 per month with all fees. I guarantee you that you will have about another 5-700 added on for mandatory insurance for the month. The rental agencies do not care that you have personal insurance thru your credit card or even purchased a plan for international driving. If you decline the complete coverage, depending on the car, you will be hit with a 1000.00 to 2500.00 hold on a credit card in order to rent the car and have to worry about all kinds of bullshit damage they make up to take that money. I have rented plenty of cars over the last 10 years and found it better to buy all the insurance and play Days of Thunder with the car and not worry. The last few years before buying a car in Costa Rica I was going thru a private individual and a Suzuki Sidekick was 35.00 per day, that was the cheapest way I found to rent a vehicle. I have no clue what Russ charges but I would certainly get in touch with him and find out what the charges are and what would happen if you had a problem in Tamarindo and needed a repair or replacement vehicle.


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2. Renting a car for the month, or not getting a car and ubering around everywhere. (Car for the month with all fees is about $700... pretty steep)


I do not know where you will get a rental car for 700.00 per month with all fees. I guarantee you that you will have about another 5-700 added on for mandatory insurance for the month. The rental agencies do not care that you have personal insurance thru your credit card or even purchased a plan for international driving. If you decline the complete coverage, depending on the car, you will be hit with a 1000.00 to 2500.00 hold on a credit card in order to rent the car and have to worry about all kinds of bullshit damage they make up to take that money. I have rented plenty of cars over the last 10 years and found it better to buy all the insurance and play Days of Thunder with the car and not worry. The last few years before buying a car in Costa Rica I was going thru a private individual and a Suzuki Sidekick was 35.00 per day, that was the cheapest way I found to rent a vehicle. I have no clue what Russ charges but I would certainly get in touch with him and find out what the charges are and what would happen if you had a problem in Tamarindo and needed a repair or replacement vehicle.


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Ilv4play wrote:
Nationwide and Lloyds of London both have insurance that meets Costa Rica requirements. Pretty cheap and a lot more benefits than what are required. For someone 55 staying 8 days it was about 23.00


Called both. They do not offer lodging. That was one of the main requirements.


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2. Renting a car for the month, or not getting a car and ubering around everywhere. (Car for the month with all fees is about $700... pretty steep)


I do not know where you will get a rental car for 700.00 per month with all fees. I guarantee you that you will have about another 5-700 added on for mandatory insurance for the month. The rental agencies do not care that you have personal insurance thru your credit card or even purchased a plan for international driving. If you decline the complete coverage, depending on the car, you will be hit with a 1000.00 to 2500.00 hold on a credit card in order to rent the car and have to worry about all kinds of bullshit damage they make up to take that money. I have rented plenty of cars over the last 10 years and found it better to buy all the insurance and play Days of Thunder with the car and not worry. The last few years before buying a car in Costa Rica I was going thru a private individual and a Suzuki Sidekick was 35.00 per day, that was the cheapest way I found to rent a vehicle. I have no clue what Russ charges but I would certainly get in touch with him and find out what the charges are and what would happen if you had a problem in Tamarindo and needed a repair or replacement vehicle.


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True :D . I once had a friend in the states take a rental car offroading and brought it back all trashed out. At the time I thought it was car abuse, but in this case if the rental company gouges for insurance, it could be justified, and fun.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:08 pm 
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With regards to cell phones. I have a Verizon Iphone. Its unlocked. I am going to be in CR for over a month. I have never done this before so I need some advice and guidance. How do I get my phone to work in CR without using my Verizon service ($10 a day). I need a Sim Card (right?) with phone and data. I need something with lots of usage. Anyone know how I can do this, or should I just use my verizon and forgo the trouble.


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Buy a sim card on the street. Load it with 10 bucks credit, done. You will be using wifi most of the time anyway.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:30 pm 
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Exactly as whitecat stated. I have used both Moviestar and Kolbi. Kolbi gets better reception if you travel out of town and is what I currently use. I use very little data as most places I go have wifi and I use their connection. Most of the time my data gets used up using Waze while driving. Make sure your phone is not locked to US and Virgin Islands as it will not work in Costa Rica if it is, this is regardless if it is carrier unlocked or not. You will need your passport to get a Sim if you go to any of the Provider stores but there are tons of mom and pop shops you can get a sim without all the bullshit but I got mine from provider stores.


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