Dorado Rental Cars

Rental cars are a great choice for sightseeing in and around Dorado

Photo credit: © Gregory Rupp

A small community just outside of San Juan, Dorado certainly benefits from the excellent public transportation system that Dorado is known for. This means that you can rely on options like taxis and publicos to get you around in many cases. But there are also a lot of instances where being your own driver can pay off – like if you'll be traveling long distances and doing a lot of sightseeing, or if you're traveling with someone who has special needs. For these cases, renting a car makes the most sense.

Renting a Car

It is common for tourists to rent from an agency stationed at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport then drive to their accommodations, but not necessary. There are a few places in Dorado that you can rent from and many of them will even meet you at your hotel with your rental.

There are a few recommendations to keep in mind as you consider renting in Dorado. If you plan to do a lot of off-the-beaten-track exploring, you'll want to rent a Jeep or other sports utility vehicle to help manage the rugged roads. If you'll be sticking to main roads when you drive, you are urged to get the smallest vehicle that can accommodate your party as the roads can sometimes be narrow.

Check this table for more information.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Avis Santa Rosa Mall (787) 269-4686 Santa Rosa Mall - 5.3 mi. (8.5 km) South-Southwest of Old San Juan
Target Rent a Car (787) 780-0345 State Road 2 - 6.5 mi. (10.4 km) Southeast of Dorado
Vias Car Rental (787) 796-6404 C2 Marginal - Dorado

The Cost of Renting a Car

The regulation regarding who can rent a car in Dorado is pretty minimal. You just have to be over the age of 21 and have a valid driver's license. If you fit this description, plus you have the appropriate funds available on your credit card for the rental plus up to $500(USD) to hold for a deposit, you'll have no problem driving a rental off the lot. The typical cost is between $40 and $100(USD) a day, plus insurance, and if you are under 25, you'll be charged an additional $10 to $25(USD) a day.

As you can see, prices will vary with the season. The low rates in the tables are only available from the least costly agencies during the slowest times of the year. The high end of the range is what you can expect at one of the busier agencies during the high season.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Economy Car $ 10.00 $ 15.00
Compact Car $ 12.00 $ 24.00
Mid Size Car $ 20.00 $ 40.00
Full Size Car $ 50.00 $ 65.00
Standard SUV $ 70.00 $ 95.00
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Economy Car $ 60.00 $ 105.00
Compact Car $ 72.00 $ 144.00
Mid Size Car $ 120.00 $ 240.00
Full Size Car $ 300.00 $ 390.00
Standard SUV $ 420.00 $ 570.00


Likely your first experience driving in Puerto Rico will be the road from San Juan to Dorado. You'll take Expressway 22 West to exit 22-A, then take Route 165 North until you reach Dorado. This is the fastest way to get there, but, if you're looking for a more scenic option you can take the coastal road, which takes you down Highway 2 to Route 693 North for 40 minutes. This way you'll have a view of the sea almost the entire way. Whichever trip you choose, you'll find the roads to be well-paved and easy to navigate.

There is a noticeable juxtaposition in the roads of Puerto Rico. Busy cities maintain great upkeep on their roads. There are street lights, road signs, and directional signals, as well as police officers driving about (always with their lights flashing, even if they aren't trying to pull someone over) to keep everything in order. Driving is done on the right side of the road, and laws and conditions are similar to those in the United States.

While the laws don't change in smaller towns, the road conditions can. Upkeep is not as good in the more rural communities, and you can expect to encounter pot holes and cracks. When you're out exploring forests, rivers, lakes, and beaches you may even run into roads that aren't paved. This is where that sports utility vehicle will come in handy.

Since you could encounter difficulties spotting places to refuel, check out the chart that follows for an orientation of where some can be found.

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Alturas Shell Station (787) 855-2172 Vega Baja
Better Oil Service Station (787) 270-2609 Vega Alta
Bolivar Shell Station (787) 883-6816 Vega Alta

Tourists looking to strike out on their own and discover all that Dorado has to offer shouldn't have trouble doing so. Renting a car is hardly a problem, and for the most part you'll find driving conditions to be manageable as well.


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