Although a relatively small town, the recommended source of transportation for tourists staying in Loiza is a rental car. This is because the public transportation system is not the best or the most reliable on the island, plus those staying in town tend to make road trips regularly in order to see Puerto Rico's most talked about sites.
Without a doubt, the highest concentration of rental cars is available at the San Juan, which is where all international air travelers will land when they first enter the country. It is most common for tourists to rent their car from the airport, then drive the 30 minutes to Loiza. But this isn't the only option. Some hotels offer airport transfers, and hiring a local airport transfer service to drive you to your accommodations is a possibility as well. Then, you'll be able to rent from a more local rental agency.in
Check out the following chart which lists the available selection of area rental agencies.
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While the number of rentals in the immediate Loiza area is a bit small, do not forget how close the town is to the airport and San Juan. Many tourists will simply rent a car from San Juan, or from Isla Verde (where the airport is technically located).
There aren't many rules and regulations regarding renting a car here. You'll need to be over the age of 21 and have a valid driver's license. That is about it, unless an individual rental agency has its own requirements which you can find out by giving them a call.
As you can see, there are a number of local and international chains located here, and your first step will be in choosing which type of agency to rent with. Local agencies may offer better deals and personalized service, but international chains have insurance policies that you can rely on. Be aware that some of the lesser known local agencies may not accept credit cards, so you will be expected to pay your bill in full up front. Rentals in Loiza range in price from $40 to $60(USD) a day, plus taxes, fees, and the recommended insurance. There is another fee for young drivers that will add $10 to $25(USD) a day to your total cost, and don't forget about the deposit, which could be up to $500(USD).
Driving in Loiza shouldn't be much of a hassle for most tourists, especially those visiting from the United States where conditions and rules of the road are very similar. In fact, the roads on Puerto Rico are considered to be some of the best in the Caribbean thanks to good government up-keep. The roads here are paved and have road signs, stop lights, and street lamps. In some less populated areas of town you may come across roads with cracks and pot holes, but they are uncommon. As you drive around, keep in mind that traffic moves to the right, drinking and driving is illegal, and seat belts are required.
A few differences you'll notice as you drive around town are that police vehicles are required to have their lights flashing at all times that the vehicle is in motion, so don't be concerned if an officer pulls up behind you. Another is that distances are posted in kilometers, while speeds are noted in miles per hour. Additionally, gasoline is sold by the liter instead of the gallon.
View the chart that follows which presents some fueling options in this general area.
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Thanks to good road conditions and easy to follow laws, driving in Loiza is not a problem for most tourists. This makes deciding to choose to rent a car an easy choice to make.
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