Renting a Car on Curacao

Travelers can easily rent a car to travel around Curaçao

Photo credit © Enjoy Car Rental
 

Curaçao is the largest island in the former Netherlands Antilles, and travelers who plan to do extensive touring or take a number of day trips from Willemstad should consider renting a car from one of the island's rental agencies.

Renting a Car

Curaçao has a number of captivating sites, from the nature preserve area of Christoffel National Park to the Curaçao Seaquarium. A rental car can be the most cost efficient way to travel around the island to see many different attractions. Many of the international rental car agencies are present in Curaçao, including Avis, Hertz, and Budget. Travelers can also choose to rent from a local rental agency, but when choosing a rental agency, be sure that it is insured and licensed. While local rental firms may have lower rates than the international companies, some people feel more comfortable renting from the more familiar names.

Take a look at the table below that shows the array of area vehicle rental agencies.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
ABI Car Rental (599-9) 869-5551 Rooseveltweg 515 - Willemstad
Affordable Car Rental (999) 561-6608 Westkapellestraat 2 - Punda
Alamo Car Rental Curacao (599-9) 869-4433 Willemstad
Avis Hato International Airport (599) 9-839-1500 Hato International Airport - 4.5 mi. (7.3 km) North of Piscadera
Avis Howard Johnson (599) 9-462-7800 Plaza Brion - Willemstad
Avis Mega Pier (599) 9-462-4907 Otrabanda
Avis Willemstad Main Office (599-9) 461-1255 Willemstad
Big Apple Car Rental (599-9) 737-5152 Bonamweg 13 - Willemstad
Budget Rent A Car (Airport) (599-9) 839-1300 Curacao Airport - Willemstad
Centraal-Rent-A-Car (599-9) 463-6478 Piscadera Bay
Easy Car Rental (599-9) 868-7368 Rooseveltweg 505D - Willemstad
Hertz Hato International (599-9) 839-1288 Curacao Airport - Willemstad
Hertz Main Office (999) 888-0088 503 Franklin D Roosevelt - Willemstad
Hertz Superclub Breezes (999) 465-4788 78 Martin Luther King Boulevard - Willemstad
Jo-Anny Car Rental (599-9) 461-0394 Bereheinweg 15 - Willemstad
Justin Rent-A- Car (599-9) 869-9600 / (599-9) 691-4263 / (599-9) 518-2892 Heintje Koolweg 154-155 - Punda
Michel Car Rental (599-9) 888-8878 F.D. Rooseveltweg 348 & Airport - The vicinity of Willemstad
National Car Rental (Airport) (599-9) 839-1311 Curacao Airport - Willemstad
Prins Car Rental (599-9) 525-6895 / (599-9) 888-6895 Jannoorduynweg 36 - Willemstad
Rida Rent A Car (599-9) 738-3635 Gosieweg 8A - Willemstad
Ruiz Rent-A-Car (599-9) 737-3184 Wilhelminalaan 11 - Punda
Youbi Car Rental (599-9) 524-2424 Gosieweg - Willemstad

The Cost of Renting a Car

Travelers from the United States can rent a car in Curaçao with a valid driver's license. Many of the rental car companies require renters to be 21, 23, or 25 years of age and have two years of driving experience in order to rent a car. Major credit cards are also generally required in order to secure reservations and to place security deposits. Daily collision damage waiver fees can run from $11(USD) to $15(USD), and renters are also required to pay a 6 percent tax. Mileage is usually unlimited, but renters are responsible for fuel.

Gas Stations

Driving in Curaçao is done on the right hand side of the road, and seat belts are required by law. Drivers with children under the age of four must have child safety seats, and children under 12 must ride in the back seat. Drivers should be cautious while driving in the rain, as roads can become slippery. Missing or concealed street signs also pose problems for travelers. This can be especially problematic in the evening, when many of the roads are not well lit. Drivers who will be touring remote areas of the island should invest in a rental car with four-wheel drive. As always, drivers should exercise caution at all times when driving in a foreign country.

Be sure to check the table that follows to see a few refueling options in this general area.

Gas Stations
Name Location
Curoil Gas Station Otrabanda
Pomp Station Santa Maria 2.8 mi. (4.5 km) North-Northeast of Piscadera

While many travelers will find themselves charmed and entertained in Willemstad, the island certainly offers more than just its capital city. Renting a car in Curaçao can give you the freedom to explore many parts of the island at your leisure.

 

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