Frequently Asked Questions |
Facts you should know before renting a Motorcycle in Costa Rica. Frequently Asked Questions.
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Frequently Asked Questions

do i need a motorcycle license?


can i use only an international driver’s license?

No, an International driver’s license is NOT VALID unless you also carry your original motorcycle license.

Can I reserve a motorcycle before I arrive in Tamarindo?

Yes! We strongly encourage all of our clients to reserve their moto(s) before arriving in Tamarindo.

can i rent a moto without a reservation?

Yes, but we can’t guarantee that we will have a bike available for you. And you must contact us BEFORE coming by since we work BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

What do I need to do to reserve a bike?

You need to give us a specific pickup & return date & pay a deposit of %30 of the total rental cost.

How do i pay the reservation deposit?

The payment of the reservation deposit is made using a credit card or a Paypal account.

what is the reservation cancellation policy?

Full refund of the Reservation Deposit up to 30 days before the pickup date. Less than 30 days to pickup date, the Reservation Deposit is Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable & your dates cannot be changed.

Can I pay my rental with a Credit Card?

Yes, via Paypal.

what currencies do you accept?

We only accept the following currencies:

• US Dollars


does the rental fee include everything?

Yes, the Rental Fee includes EVERYTHING, there is NO EXTRA cost.

if i return my moto early, do i get a refund?

No, there are no refunds on early returns.

do i have to leave a damage deposit?

Yes, you must leave a damage deposit for each bike rented.

can i pay the damage deposit with a credit card?

Yes, via Paypal.

Do I have to purchase Full Coverage Insurance?

No, but we encourage you to do so.

What kind of Insurance do I have if I don’t purchase the Full Coverage Insurance?

Without the Full Coverage Insurance, the Renter is protected for Third Party Liability ONLY.

What happens if the moto gets stolen & I don’t have Full Coverage Insurance?

Without the Full Coverage Insurance, the Renter is fully responsible for all damage to the motorcycle including Loss & Theft for up to the replacement cost of the motorcycle.

What is covered with the Full Coverage Insurance?

With the Full Coverage Insurance, El Gringo’s Rentals Tamarindo is responsible for all damage to the motorcycle ABOVE the Deductible amount, including loss & theft.

Where do I pickup my moto?

You can pickup your moto BY APPOINTMENT at our location in Huacas. See our Contact page for details.

Can I stop by your shop without an appointment?

No, we work BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, please call, send us a text or an email to arrange an appointment BEFORE coming by.

Can you deliver the moto to my hotel?

During the “Regular Season” (March 16 to October 14), we may be able to bring the moto to you for free if you are renting 1 moto only & are located less than a 20 minute drive from our location. If you are outside of that radius, we may charge a fee to deliver. During the “High Season” (October 15 to December 14 / January 2 to March 15) and the “Peak Season” (December 15 to January 1), we do not deliver.

can i rent a motorcycle for a few hours only?

No, Our minimum rental period is 48h.

can i get out of Costa Rica with the motorcycle?

No, the motorcycle cannot leave Costa Rica.

Is there a KM restriction?

No, but we do have a ZONE restriction. The motorcycle must stay within the boundaries as shown below.

Costa Rica Motorcycle Rental Tamarindo
What if I want to travel OUTSIDE of the Zone?

If you want to travel OUTSIDE of the Zone, please Contact us for MORE INFORMATION.

do you provide helmets?

Yes, we provide one or two helmets free of charge, as per the client’s needs.

do you provide a surfboard rack?

A few of our XR150l  can be equipped with a surfboard rack, please request upon reservation.

do you provide a lock?

No, but motorcycle theft is relatively rare. At night, we recommend that you park the motorcycle in a secure area.

do you provide any riding gear?

Other than mandatory helmets & reflective straps, no.

do your bikes come with a luggage rack?

Yes, all our bikes have a small metal rack on the back where you can tie up some luggage.

which airport is the closest?

There is the Tamarindo Domestic Airport, 5 minutes outside of Tamarindo and the Liberia International Airport, 60 minutes from Tamarindo.

do you rent atv’s?

No, we do not rent quads.

do you rent scooters?

No, we do not rent scooters.

do you rent semi-automatic motos?

No, we do not have semi-automatic motos.

do you rent electric motos?

No, we do not rent  electric motos.

do you rent off-road vehicles or side-by-side?

No, we do not rent off-road type vehicles.

how much does it cost to fill up the tank?

The tank cost approximately $10-12 to fill.

how many KM can i do on one tank?

Approximately 250km on one tank.

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