Tourism in Guánica is centered on beaches and coastal scenery, and visitor can spend hours just driving around from one side of the deeply indebted harbor to the other. For these people, renting a car will most certainly be the most cost effective mode of transportation.
The typical course of action for tourists staying in Guánica is to pick up their rental car from the airport and drive themselves to their accommodations. The agencies located near the airport are generally international chains backed by years of experience, names that people know and trust, and large amounts of insurance. Local agencies, found throughout , have their own merits. They tend to offer more personalized service and better deals because their business depends more on your recommendation than the international chains.
is the one rental service we have information on. You can give them a call at (787) 856-5416, or they are found on Carr 1116 Bo Susua Baja in Yauco, 5.4 mi. northeast of Guánica.
The cost of a rental car will vary due to a number of factors, from who to rent with to the type of vehicle you request and even the time of year you visit. You may be able to lower your price by booking a package deal or simply asking if they have any deals going on. On average, prices start at about $40(USD) per day, and go up from there as you add on features and insurance. Additionally, although you only need to be 21 to rent a car in Puerto Rico, if you are under the age of 25 most agencies will charge an additional daily fee of between $10 and $25(USD). The only other requirement you'll face regarding renting a car is that you must have a valid driver's license.
To determine which type of car you should rent, take a look at the activities you'll be participating. If you'll be visiting a lot of natural attractions, a sports utility vehicle with four wheel drive is a must. If you like to spend your vacations touring , trying out new , or just relaxing, a standard car will be just fine for you.
Guánica is surrounded by dry forest, which means you'll experience a lot of varied road conditions. In and around the heavily forested areas, there will be a lot of places where the roads are either non-existent, consisting only of dirt pathways, or were laid down years ago and not very well maintained since then. You'll probably run in to a lot of pot holes and cracks on roads that are very narrow. Then, around your accommodations, through town to shops and restaurants you'll encounter paved roads that are much better maintained. Road signs and stop lights are prevalent here as well.
Driving is done on the right side of the road like in the United States, and this sets the tone for how driving is done here. In general, you'll find laws to be very similar. There are differences you'll notice, like the fact that police cars always have their lights flashing when they are in motion (not just when they are pulling someone over), distances are posted in kilometers, and gasoline is sold by the liter instead of the gallon.
With this information in mind, you now have a better idea of whether or not renting a car is the right choice for you for your trip to Guánica.
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