A municipality comprised of five wards on the northeast coast, Luquillo is not as large an area as you might expect. Still, renting a car is the most popular form of transportation or tourists because so many choose to make this their accommodations home base, but want to explore other parts of Puerto Rico.
When renting in Luquillo, you'll have to choose between a local agency and an international chain. When you work with a local agency, you know that you're supporting a small business, you'll find greater discounts, and usually receive more personalized service. But international chains have their benefits as well, such as a wider reach in case something goes wrong, better insurance, and a longer history of good customer service. Take a look at the chart below for rental car agencies in Luquillo. Call around, ask questions, and see which place looks to be the best fit for you.
Check out this table for a few rental agencies serving Luquillo.
|Avis Ceiba||(787) 885-0505||Ceiba|
|Avis Gran Melia||(787) 809-1770||Carr. 3 Int. 955 - Rio Grande|
|Thrifty Fajardo||(787) 860-2030||Puerto del Rey Marina - Fajardo|
For a better selection, you could think about renting from San Juan instead.
In order to rent a car in Luquillo, you'll need to be over the age of 21; however, if you are older than 25 you'll save yourself the hassle of having to pay an extra $10 to $25 a day on top of the $40 to $70(USD) plus taxes, fees and insurance you'll already be paying just to rent the vehicle. Note that some rental agencies require you pay a deposit of up to $500(USD) before driving away. This is usually charged to your credit card and removed when the vehicle is returned. The final thing required of you is that you have a valid driver's license from your country of origin. With all of these things in place, you'll be ready to begin exploring Luquillo.
...horn honks and tailgaiting...
What most people notice immediately about driving in Luquillo is that it is very similar to driving in the United States. Not only are road conditions similar, but the rules of the road are as well, down to the fact that driving is done on the right side of the road, speed limits are posted in miles per hour, drinking and driving is illegal, and wearing a seat belt is required.
Roads here are well-kept and paved, although like any road you may encounter pot holes, cracks, and dips on occasion. You'll find the streets are lighted, there are plenty of stop lights, and the local police force has a good handle on traffic. Still, you may notice that locals have a slightly reckless style of driving. Don't be offended by horn honks and tailgaiting, it is just the way the people who live on the island drive.
A few differences to be aware of include the fact that distances are posted in kilometers, gas is sold by the liter, and police cars are required to have their lights flashing whenever they are in motion.
Be sure to check out the chart just below which lays out some gas stations in and around Luquillo.
|(787) 887-0110||Rio Grande|
Driving in Luquillo shouldn't be an issue for most tourists, especially those from the United States. The pleasant road conditions and ease of renting makes renting a car in Luquillo an easy choice to make.
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