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.
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.
Review the following table if you want more information.
|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|
|Budget Rent A Car (Airport)||(599-9) 839-1300||Curacao Airport - Willemstad|
|Centraal-Rent-A-Car||(599-9) 463-6478||Piscadera Bay|
|(599-9) 888-8999||Veeris 99A - Willemstad|
|Dersie Rent A Car||(599-9) 736-8998||Beatrixplein 5 - Punda|
|Enjoy Car Rental||(599) 518-7445||31 Emancipatie Boulevard - Willemstad|
|(599-9) 510-4244||Pater Euwensweg z/n - Punda|
|(599-9) 736-8750||Sabana Hundu Kvl 13 - The vicinity of Willemstad|
|GTS Car Rental||(599-9) 461-0997||Mambo Beach - Punda|
|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|
|(599-9) 511-6068||Dr. Maalweg 4 - Punda|
|(599-9) 736-6544||Willem de Zwijgerlaan 15 - Willemstad|
|(599-9) 738-2401||Jongbloedweg 50 - Willemstad|
|(599-9) 888-0088||F.D. Rooseveltweg 503 / Airport - Willemstad|
|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|
|Noordstar Rent A Car||(599-9) 737-5616||Reigerweg 24 - Willemstad|
|(599-9) 736-0035 / (599-9) 560-8854 / (599-9) 562-5071||Kaya Isaac 33 - The vicinity of Willemstad|
|Prins Car Rental||(599-9) 525-6895 / (599-9) 888-6895||Jannoorduynweg 36 - Willemstad|
|(599-9) 738-0264||Snipweg 45 - Willemstad|
|Rida Rent A Car||(599-9) 738-3635||Gosieweg 8A - Willemstad|
|Ruiz Rent-A-Car||(599-9) 737-3184||Wilhelminalaan 11 - Punda|
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.
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.
Check the table that follows which presents some refueling locations in this general area.
|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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