Renting a Car in Aguadilla

You may find a car rental in Aguadilla to be necessary

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Set on the northwest tip of Puerto Rico and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on two sides, driving along the coast of Aguadilla presents a relaxed and beautiful way to spend a few hours of your vacation. For this reason, and many others, renting a car for you stay in this out-of-the-way town is recommended.

Rental Cars

If you plan to rent a car for your entire stay in Aguadilla, you may find the most convenient option for you is to pick up your vehicle at either the Rafael Hernandez Airport or the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. If you only want to rent for a day or two; however, rental car agencies are available throughout the town, especially in Aguadilla Pueblo, which serves as the main administrative center of the city.

In order to rent a car in Puerto Rico, you'll need to be 21-years-old, but if you are under 25 you'll be charged $10 to $25(USD) a day. In addition to your age, you'll also need to be in possession of a valid driver's license from your home country.

Check out this table which identifies the array of area rental agencies.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Avis Rafael Hernandez Airport (787) 890-3311 Rafael Hernandez Airport - 4.5 mi. (7.3 km) North of Aguadilla
Cane Auto Sales & Rental (787) 891-4960 Downtown Aguadilla
Charlie Car Rental (787) 890-8929 Rafael Hernandez Airport - Downtown Aguadilla
Enterprise Rent A Car (787) 890-3730 Downtown Aguadilla
Hertz Rafael Hernandez (787) 890-5650 Rafael Hernandez Airport - 4.5 mi. (7.3 km) North of Aguadilla
International Car Rental (787) 882-2316 Downtown Aguadilla
Thrifty Rafael Hernandez (787) 890-4070 Rafael Hernandez Airport - 4.5 mi. (7.3 km) North of Aguadilla

The Cost of Renting a Car

The cost of renting a car in Aguadilla ranges from about $40 to $60(USD), but this does not include taxes, fees, or insurance. Note that most agencies will place around a $500(USD) hold on your credit card as a deposit. This amount will not officially be deducted from your account unless you fail to return the vehicle, but it could affect your spending if you plan to make all of your vacation purchases on a credit card.

Local companies sometimes charge widely different rates so it can be worth your while to shop around. The lowest rates in each table are only available from the least costly agencies during the slow season. The highest rates are what you can anticipate during the high season.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Compact Car $ 20.00 $ 48.00
Mid Size Car $ 25.00 $ 66.00
Standard SUV $ 61.00 $ 113.00
Pickup Truck $ 90.00 $ 140.00
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Compact Car $ 150.00 $ 290.00
Mid Size Car $ 150.00 $ 400.00
Standard SUV $ 366.00 $ 680.00
Pickup Truck $ 540.00 $ 840.00

Driving

It is not necessary to rent a car in big cites like San Juan which are known for the excellent public transportation system, but when you're staying in northern Puerto Rico it becomes necessary in order to get around. From San Juan you take Highway 2 to Aguadilla, and 2 takes you right along the coast, allowing you to get off the road and find your accommodations with ease.

... infrastructure in Puerto Rico remains one of the best ...

 

Driving conditions in Aguadilla vary by location. In the busier parts of town like Aguadilla Pueblo, the roads tend to be not only paved but nicely maintained, but as you drive along the coast near the ocean, the roads have encountered a bit of erosion that welcomes cracks and pot holes. Regardless, the infrastructure in Puerto Rico remains one of the best in the Caribbean and you'll find the roads to be well-marked, well-lit, and with plenty of precautionary tools like stop lights. Be aware the distances are posted in kilometers per hour, while oddly; speed limits are in miles per hour. Another interesting fact is that gasoline is sold by the liter rather than by the gallon, but prices tend to be slightly lower than in the United States.

Overall, you'll find driving in Aguadilla to be quite similar to driving in the United States. Local drivers do tend to be reckless and speedy, but after a short time on the road you'll quickly get used to their tail-gating. Driving is done on the right side of the road, making it feel even more at home, but you will have to get used to the fact that police vehicles always have their lights flashing when in motion, so if you see the lights on the street it doesn't necessarily mean you're being pulled over.

Gas Stations

Be sure to check the chart below to see a few refueling locations in and around Aguadilla.

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Lopez Gas Station (787) 890-1246 Carr 110 Km 4.4 Bo Aguacate, Aguadilla 00603 - Downtown Aguadilla
Texaco Gas Station -- Aguada
Texaco Gas Station -- 4.2 mi. (6.7 km) South-Southwest of Aguadilla
Total Gas Station -- 4.0 mi. (6.5 km) South of Aguadilla

Driving in a foreign country will always take some amount of adjustment, but overall you'll find driving and road conditions to be very easy to manage – which is good news because renting a car to get around in Aguadilla is the recommended mode of transportation.

 

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