Because Condado is so close to San Juan, the recommendations on whether or not to rent a car are varied. Public transportation in this area of the island is great, while the heavy amount of traffic is a major deterrent. Still, being in charge of your own comings and goings is a major selling point for those interesting in reserving a rental.
It is very common for tourists to pick up a rental car from the bank of agencies located across the parking lot from the airport in San Juan when they arrive, then drive to nearby Condado. This isn't the only option, however. Not only are there international chains located within Condado, but there are a few local options as well. If you want to take a taxi or publico to your accommodations, many of these places are willing to meet you with your vehicle and some even offer transports directly from the airport. To determine the best option for you, call and speak to a representative of the agency directly.
The chart below lists the rental agencies located in this general area.
|Avis Condado||(787) 721-4499||1052 Ashford Avenue - Condado District|
|(787) 725-2027||1365 Ashford Avenue - Condado District|
|Hertz Marriott Hotel||(787) 722-7000||San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino - Condado District|
|(787) 721-4270||Cond Adaligia, Santurce - Condado District|
|(787) 729-0016||101 Gilberto ConcepciA3n de Gracia - Ocean Park|
|Sixt Rent A Car||(787) 727-6300||Ocean Park|
|Target Rent A Car||(787) 745-2275||Condado District|
|(787) 784-1419||Ocean Park|
The cost of renting a car in Condado typically starts at about $40(USD) a day, but goes up based on any additional features you request, the type of vehicle you require, if you add on insurance, and even based on your age. While it is required that you be over 21 to rent a car on the island, if you are between the ages of 21 and 24, you'll be charged anywhere from $10 to $25(USD) extra a day. The only other requirement for renting a car is that you have a valid driver's license. With that in hand, you'll be free to hit the road and discover what Condado has to offer.
As you can see, prices vary, depending on the season and vehicle type. The low rates in the tables are typically only available from the least expensive agencies during the off season. The high rates are what you can expect during the busiest time of year.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Economy Car||$ 12.00||$ 54.00|
|Compact Car||$ 15.00||$ 63.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 20.00||$ 154.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 35.00||$ 155.00|
|Mini Van||$ 58.00||$ 120.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 58.00||$ 240.00|
|Pickup Truck||$ 80.00||$ 90.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Economy Car||$ 72.00||$ 325.00|
|Compact Car||$ 90.00||$ 378.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 120.00||$ 925.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 210.00||$ 930.00|
|Mini Van||$ 345.00||$ 720.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 345.00||$ 1440.00|
|Pickup Truck||$ 480.00||$ 540.00|
When you arrive, likely in San Juan, you'll be greeted by congested roads that can be confusing to navigate. As you work your way to Condado; however, you'll find traffic to thin our just a bit and the roads a little more straightforward as the need for so many of them diminishes. Luckily, roads here tend to be in good condition, which is not the case everywhere on the island. You'll find road conditions and driving laws here to be similar to in the United States, with traffic moving on the right side of the road, speed limits posted in miles per hour, and road signs and street lights helping to keep things running as smoothly as possible.
If you plan to explore outside of the San Juan and Condado area, you may run into roads that are not so well taken care of. These roads will have cracks and pot holes, and may not be lit or have road signs to help you find your way. On a rare occasion, especially in the forested regions or right along some less frequented beaches, you may also encounter unpaved paths used as roads. Keep recent weather in mind before you venture down one of these roads. If it has been raining a lot recently, you could easily find yourself stuck in the mud.
One of the biggest reasons that tourists are deterred from renting a car and driving in Condado is because locals have a bad reputation for being aggressive drivers. This can be an issue, with tailgating and passing happening often, but it is no reason to skip renting a car to explore all that this area has to offer.
There is an attractive selection of gasoline stations around Condado. Check the table that follows for some of their locations.
|(787) 251-0368||San Juan|
|(787) 721-2094||San Juan|
|(787) 768-3133||San Juan|
|(787) 789-2476||1025 Sabana Seca - San Juan|
|(787) 728-8914||Calle Laurel - Condado District|
Condado is one of the areas on Puerto Rico where renting a car should not be an issue. If you prefer privacy and independence, you can make it happen easily here.
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