If you’re visiting Costa Rica with a big group or have a big family and want to rent a car, a van is the best option for groups of 6 or more. A very common van to rent in Costa Rica is the Hyundai H1 which can hold up to 12 people.
Hyundai H1 Van Rental in Costa Rica
This Hyundai H1 van comes in automatic and manual transmission, is normally diesel (gas is available too) and fits up to 12 people with all the jumper seats. However, the trunk space is very minimal so you actually won’t be able to fit a full 12 people plus luggage.
You can perfectly fit up to 9 adults and use the back row for luggage though. Even though a large SUV like the Mitsubishi Montero Sport can fit up to 7 people, if your group is bringing a lot of luggage (check in plus backpack/carry on for each person), it won’t fit so the van will be a better option.
Hyundai H1 Costa Rica Car Rental – Where You Can Drive This Car
The van isn’t 4×4. It’s 4×2 but works well for destinations and routes such as Arenal/La Fortuna, Guanacaste, San Jose, Puerto Viejo, Manuel Antonio and Jaco. All of these destinations have well paved routes. However, if your hotel is up in the mountains, I would make sure to ask the hotel first if the van will make it, particularly in rainy season.
Check out this quick video of the Hyundai H1 so you can see what it’s like inside.
The Hyundai H1 is not recommended for destinations like Osa Peninsula or the South Pacific since it is not 4×4 and it may not be able to make it up the hills in Uvita or be very comfortable for the pot holes around Puerto Jimenez and Carate. If you have a large group and are going to these destinations that require a 4×4, it is better to rent 2 4×4 SUVs instead of the van.
It can make it to Monteverde if it’s not super loaded and heavy and you drive very slowly but in rainy season with lots of luggage, it is also recommended to rent 2 4×4 cars instead. This van is commonly used by tourism and transfer companies so you will see them everywhere in the country.
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Check out the other type of rental cars in Costa Rica in the posts below.