As the principal city in the Mayagüez metropolitan area, there is much to see and do in Mayagüez. For this reason it is recommended that tourists choose to rent a car for their stay in town. This will give them the freedom they need to get out and explore all that the area has to offer as well as continue on to some of the other important cities in Puerto Rico.
The easiest place to find a rental car in Mayagüez is at the , where you can get off your flight and head to one of several international rental chains on property, pick up the keys, and head off to enjoy your vacation. Many offer airport shuttles, and you can hire your own transport then pick up your car at a later date.
There are very few rules regarding who can and cannot rent a car in Mayagüez. The most important is that potential renters have a valid driver's license from their country of origin. Next, they must be over the age of 21, and finally, they must have the means to pay.
The chart below lists the vehicle rental agencies in this general area.
|(787) 823-3438||Carretera 115 - Rincón|
|Avis Sears Mayaguez||(787) 805-5911||Mayaguez Town Center - Mayagüez|
|Hertz Cabo Rojo||(787) 851-3830||Carretera 100 - Cabo Rojo|
|Payless Car Rental||(787) 832-0110||155-O Mckinley - Mayagüez|
|Thrifty Mayaguez Airport||(787) 834-1590||Eugenio Maria de Hostos Airport - 3.8 mi. (6.2 km) North of Mayagüez|
The cost of a rental car can be anywhere from $40 to $70(USD) a day, plus taxes, fees, and insurance. One of the most important fees to be aware of is a tax on age, which adds between $10 and $25(USD) a day to the cost of your rental if you are between the ages of 21 and 24. Also be aware that many companies require a deposit that could be up to $500(USD) that will be returned to you when you return the vehicle. While most agencies will charge this to your credit card, some local agencies do not accept cards and you will be asked to pay in cash.
Various firms will sometimes charge widely different rates so it can be worth your time to get quotes from several firms. The lowest rates in each table are usually only available from the least costly agencies when demand is low. The high rates are what you can expect at one of the busier agencies during the high season.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Economy Car||$ 16.00||$ 58.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 25.00||$ 68.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 42.00||$ 80.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 63.00||$ 134.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Economy Car||$ 96.00||$ 350.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 150.00||$ 420.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 252.00||$ 480.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 378.00||$ 804.00|
...a chance to see the countryside...
Although there is an airport in Mayagüez, many tourists choose to save money by renting a car from the San Juan and make the two hour journey by car. To get to Mayagüez from San Juan, take the northern route which brings you through the recently expanded De Diego Expressway also known as Route 22 as well as the older Route 2. This will give you a view of what driving in Puerto Rico is like. Most tourists find it to be similar to driving in the United States, where traffic moves on the right side of the road, and even the older roads are relatively well maintained. On occasion you'll encounter a road that has succumbed to erosion and has a few cracks and pot holes.in
Traffic along these major roadways is not terribly heavy, but the trip will give you a chance to see the countryside, most especially if take the southern route which has you drive along modern Route 52 around Ponce, where you'll access Mayagüez via Route 2.
Along the way you'll have the opportunity to get accustomed to driving on the island. A few things to note include the fact that distance signs are listed in kilometers, yet speed limits are noted in miles per hour. Gasoline is sold by the liter instead of by the gallon, and police cars are always required to have their lights flashing whenever they are in motion.
Check out the chart that follows that will show you some fueling locations in this general area.
|(787) 851-2100||Cabo Rojo|
|--||6.2 mi. (9.9 km) East of Rincón|
|(787) 823-2222||Route 115 - 1.4 mi. (2.3 km) North-Northeast of Rincón|
With these tips in mind, you should be able to make the most of your trip to Mayagüez as you get behind the wheel of your rental to explore Puerto Rico.
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