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Child car seat requirements in Costa Rica

by | Jun 26, 2012

There is a new set of car seat regulations from May 2014.  Read about it here.


Hiring private transportation with children

According to statistics from the Children’s Hospital in San José, Costa Rica, using the correct child seat reduces the chances of a kid getting killed in a car accident by 50%. Over the years, some of the most common questions we get from families planning a trip to Costa Rica are about child car seat requirements and of course about availability of such car seats on rental cars, private transfers and shuttles. Child seats and seat belts are mandatory in Costa Rica and regulated by law.  Below is a great infographic from La Nacion, our best daily newspaper, describing the different seats that should be used and how to choose the right one for your kid, according to his age, weight and height.  My translation of the original text is at the bottom. Car rental companies have different models of seats available, some of them charge an additional daily fee while others provide the child seat for free. Shuttle transfer companies as well as private transportation companies provide child seats if you request it in advance when making your reservation.  Normally there is no additional charge. A detail that usually comes a a surprise to most traveling moms is that passenger vans licensed for tourism transportation in Costa Rica have only the two-point seat belts.  Those are the seat-belts required by our law and that’s what the car manufacturers provide.   If you  are one of those moms who must have the three-point seatbelt for your kid, you should plan your travel in an SUV or a sedan instead of a van or minibus.  Your favorite transportation provider in Costa Rica will have one available.  At Morpho Vans we work with several Toyota Prado and other similar SUVs with air bags and shoulder/waist seatbelts.

  1. Baby carrier:  for babies under 10 Kg (22 pounds) and/or one year old
  2. Between 10 and 18 Kg (22 to 40 pounds), 1 and 4 years old and 75 to 110 cms height (30 to 43 inches)
  3. Booster seat for kids over 18 Kg with heights from 110 to 145 cm (43 to 57 inches)
  4. Kids taller than 145 cm (57 inches) travel without any special devices, using the seat belt.


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Fabian and Jimmy were great! Both are very friendly and professional. Mario and his wife were excellent with communication and planning. Will recommend Morpho to all my friends and family. Gracias y pura vida! ✌️

Lee G.
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February 28, 2019

Highly recommend

Great communication before the trip and during, even when our plans kept changing they were really responsive and nothing was a problem.

Clean car, great driver, punctual.

Would use again without hesitation.

Rowan M.
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March 21, 2022

Excellent service with Morpho Vans on our trip to Costa Rica!

Excellent service with Morpho Vans on our trip to Costa Rica! We had two families of 4 people and all trips were great. SJO to Jaco area in a van for 8 people (with free WIFI), then Jaco to Lost Igurano resort, which is a 5+ hour trip on winding roads, and finally a trip back to the airport at 4 am. Drivers always arrived early but were fine waiting for us. We stopped at local restaurants for great meals. All trips were safe and efficient. I highly recommend if you are looking for transportation in Costa Rica.

Joel S.
Multiple Private Transfers
January 8, 2019

Most Reliable Ride!

No better way to end a long day of travel than to see a friendly face holding a sign with my name. From being easy to identify to always arriving early for a pick up, Morpho drivers are the best!

Karen H.
Private Transfer San Jose Airport to Jaco
March 20, 2022

Company is fantastic as is the people you employ

Mario, your company is fantastic as is the people you employ. Jimmy was probably the best person to get us acquainted with Costa Rica. Bring my phone back to me, will never be forgotten and I will recommend you guys to all my friends and family traveling to Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

Michael T.
Multiple Private Transfers
May 12, 2019

…started with the best

We were really tired from the flight so it was a relief to have someone waiting for us on time. The vehicle was very good. The driver was so nice and friendly. Our trip started with the best way because of Morpho vans. Thank you!

Zoi D.
Private Transfer San Jose Airport to Arenal
March 13, 2019

Reliable and comfortable

This was my first experience with Morphovans and it was so easy. I reserved the van online and Francisco, my driver, was waiting for me outside the airport with a sign to welcome me. He was very friendly and efficient. And the van was very clean and comfortable. I will definitely use this company again and will recommend it to anyone.

Elizabeth U.
Private Transfer San Jose Airport to Jaco
March 14, 2022

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