A coastal city on Puerto Rico's east side, Fajardo is busy with those coming and going for boating, sightseeing, and business purposes. The roads can be busy, but tourists who are in need of a rental car should not have a problem quickly becoming accustomed to driving in this area.
When renting a car in Fajardo, tourists have the option of choosing between an international chain with a well-known name, or a few local spots. The differences are small, but could make a difference in your final decision. When it comes to local agencies, you'll likely experience more personalized service and can even get better deals; international chains, however, typically have a large amount of money and insurance backing them, plus a brand you probably feel you can trust if something unfortunate were to happen. Additionally, some local agencies do not accept credit cards, which means you'll have to pay for your deposit as well as the cost of your rental up front and in cash. As you try and decide which route to go, the best thing to do is call and speak to a few representatives. The way they answer your questions and what services they offer may sway you one way or another.
Take a look at the following table for some rental agencies located in this area.
|Avis Ceiba||(787) 885-0505||Ceiba|
|(787) 801-3722||1000 Ave Conquistador - Fajardo|
|Thrifty Fajardo||(787) 860-2030||Puerto del Rey Marina - Fajardo|
Whoever you choose to rent with, you will have to present a valid driver's license and be over the age of 21 in order to drive a vehicle off the lot. Additionally, if you are under the age of 25, you'll be charged an extra $10 to $25(USD) a day. A typical rental will start at about $40(USD) a day, and go up in price depending on the make and model you request, any extra features you need, and if you add insurance.
These tables provide a general feel for what sort of rate you will pay. The low rates in the tables only apply to the least costly local firms during the slowest times of the year. The high end of the range is what you can anticipate at one of the busiest firms during the peak season.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Compact Car||$ 35.00||$ 42.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 38.00||$ 45.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 70.00||$ 92.00|
|Mini Van||$ 85.00||$ 92.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Compact Car||$ 210.00||$ 252.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 228.00||$ 270.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 420.00||$ 552.00|
|Mini Van||$ 510.00||$ 552.00|
...driving here is easily managed...
Road conditions in Fajardo are fairly good, but outstanding when you compare them to most of the rest of the Caribbean. The roads are paved, though some may be a bit worn down with age, have directional signs and stop lights, street lamps, and are easily navigated. You may come across a road with a few cracks and pot holes here and there, but for the most part, driving here is easily managed. You may have to contend with traffic and aggressive drivers who are known for passing and tailgating, which can be disheartening for many. Just focus on keeping your vehicle safe, and you should do just fine here.
The rules of the road here are pretty similar to those in the United States, down to the fact that driving is done on the right side of the road, but there are some differences. For example, you'll notice distances are noted in kilometers per hour (though speed limits are posted in miles per hour), and gas is sold by the liter instead of by the gallon.
is the one gas station that we have our listing information includes. Reach them at (787) 885-3366, or locate it in Ceiba, 4.8 mi. south of Fajardo.
If you're on the fence about renting a car, make a list of all the sites you want to see during your stay. Consider how much money you'd spend taking a taxi to these places, then how much you'd spend on a rental car. Keep the convenience of being able to get up and go whenever you desire in mind, and don't forget the privacy you enjoy. As you think about each of these things, you'll find the answer will become clear to you either way.
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