Car Rentals in Puerto Rico

Rental cars put you in the driver's seat to explore Puerto Rico

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Visitors to Puerto Rico are often eager to experience the natural diversity that the island has to offer. Sandy beaches, unique rainforests, and gorgeous mountains all exist within a few hours' drive, regardless of where you start. Because of the relative proximity and the pleasant scenery, many vacationers find rental cars a great option for independent transportation.

Renting a Car

Major automobile rental agencies are easily found on the island, and while there are many local companies that have competitive rates, vacationers are reminded that the more well-known agencies will generally have newer, more reliable vehicles in addition to comforting extras such as 24-hour roadside service.

The chart below shows the vehicle rental agencies in and around Puerto Rico.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Avis Rafael Hernandez Airport (787) 890-3311 Rafael Hernandez Airport - 4.5 mi. (7.3 km) North of Aguadilla
Budget Rent A Car (787) 791-0600 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Puerto Rico
Cabrera Car Rental (787) 791-4444 Carolina
Charlie Car Rental (787) 728-2418 Isla Verde
Charlie Car Rental (787) 890-8929 Rafael Hernandez Airport - Downtown Aguadilla
Dollar Rent a Car (787) 791-5500 Baldorioty de Castro Marginal de los Angeles - Isla Verde
Enterprise Rent A Car (787) 890-3730 Downtown Aguadilla
Enterprise Rent A Car (787) 812-3722 Ponce
Enterprise Rent A Car (787) 801-3722 1000 Ave Conquistador - Fajardo
Hertz Aponte Collision Center (787) 824-2463 Carretera 1 Km 87.9 - Salinas
Hertz Rafael Hernandez (787) 890-5650 Rafael Hernandez Airport - 4.5 mi. (7.3 km) North of Aguadilla
Hertz San Patricio (787) 793-4025 Gonzalez Guisti Avenue - Guaynabo
Payless Car Rental (787) 832-0110 155-O Mckinley - Mayagüez
Regional Car Rental (787) 791-1991 Isla Verde
Romero Rental Car (787) 767-3004 1515 Ave Ponce de Leon - Monacillo
Sixt Rent A Car (787) 727-6300 Ocean Park
Target Rent A Car (787) 745-2275 Condado District
Target Rent a Car (787) 405-1248 Palmas del Mar Yacht Works - Palmas Del Mar
Target Rent a Car (787) 751-9077 65th Infantry Avenue - Condado District
Target Rent a Car (787) 780-0345 State Road 2 - 6.5 mi. (10.4 km) Southeast of Dorado
Target Rent a Car (787) 745-2275 State Road 189 - 1.9 mi. (3.0 km) Northeast of Caguas
Target Rent a Car (787) 782-6380 1503 Roosevelt Avenue - Hato Rey
Target Rent a Car (787) 263-6060 64 Calle Aleli - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) East-Northeast of Cayey
Thrifty Mayaguez Airport (787) 834-1590 Eugenio Maria de Hostos Airport - 3.8 mi. (6.2 km) North of Mayagüez
Thrifty Rafael Hernandez (787) 890-4070 Rafael Hernandez Airport - 4.5 mi. (7.3 km) North of Aguadilla
VIAS Car Rental (787) 223-3448 50 Club Cala Drive - Palmas Del Mar
VIAS Car Rental (787) 791-4120 4 Rosa Street - Isla Verde
VIAS Car Rental (787) 852-1591 State Road 3 - 2.0 mi. (3.2 km) Northwest of Palmas Del Mar
Vias Car Rental (787) 796-6404 C2 Marginal - Dorado
X-Press Auto Rental Inc (787) 290-1052 1293 Ave MuA+-oz Rivera - Ponce

Requirements and restrictions can vary. If you are concerned about minimum and maximum age restrictions, insurance requirements and the like, consider contacting each firm directly, before making a final decision.

A valid driver's license from a country with similar driving laws, including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom, will allow you to drive in Puerto Rico for up to three months. For visitors hailing from other parts of the world, contact your national embassy in Puerto Rico for the most accurate information.

The Cost of Renting a Car

In San Juan, weekly rates on rental cars from major companies start around $280(USD). However, as you begin renting from the outskirts of the city, or in another all together, the rates can change greatly. Because of this, you need to really think about what kind of vehicle you need for your vacation. Also, contact some the agencies to see where renting a car is cheapest. There will be different rates throughout the year, and the lowest priced agency can change from season to season. Some of the most popular places to rent are at the airport, near the airport, in the area you are staying, or with your itself, where you might be able to get a deal.

This set of tables offer a general feel for what rental rates to expect. The lowest rates displayed are only available from the lowest cost firms when demand is low. The high end of the range is what you may be quoted during the busiest time of year.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Economy Car $ 10.00 $ 70.00
Compact Car $ 12.00 $ 75.00
Mid Size Car $ 20.00 $ 154.00
Full Size Car $ 32.00 $ 155.00
Mini Van $ 58.00 $ 120.00
Standard SUV $ 58.00 $ 240.00
Light SUV $ 60.00 $ 150.00
Pickup Truck $ 80.00 $ 140.00
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Economy Car $ 60.00 $ 490.00
Compact Car $ 72.00 $ 525.00
Mid Size Car $ 120.00 $ 925.00
Full Size Car $ 192.00 $ 930.00
Mini Van $ 345.00 $ 720.00
Standard SUV $ 345.00 $ 1470.00
Light SUV $ 360.00 $ 1050.00
Pickup Truck $ 480.00 $ 840.00

Driving in Puerto Rico

Several differences will greet the foreigner trying to navigate the Puerto Rican roadways. First, as an American territory, drivers stay to the right. Speed limits, which are higher than in many Caribbean countries, are also posted in miles per hour, however, the road signs are written in Spanish and all distances are given in kilometers. Highways are generally well-maintained and these major "carreteras" tend to take drivers through some of the most scenic areas of the island.

One pitfall with rental cars is that parking space on the island tends to be very limited. Hotels may charge as much as $12(USD) per day for guests who would like to take advantage of their parking facilities, which are not always available. Restaurants may require customers to valet park (assuming that the option is open), further adding to the total expense.

Spots to refuel your car in the area are luckily quite easy to find. View the table just below to see some locations. the listing

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Sepulveda Service Station (787) 893-2189 State Road 3 - 1.4 mi. (2.2 km) North of Yabucoa
872 Gas Station (787) 251-0079 Barceloneta
Alejandro Gas Station (787) 269-7204 Bayamon
Alicea Service Station -- 1.1 mi. (1.7 km) East of Yabucoa
Alturas Shell Station (787) 855-2172 Vega Baja
Amigo Gas (787) 251-0368 San Juan
Bayamon Gas (787) 780-1507 Bayamon
Better Oil Service Station (787) 270-2609 Vega Alta
Bolivar Shell Station (787) 883-6816 Vega Alta
Boqueron Gas (787) 851-2100 Cabo Rojo
Borinquen Shell Service Station (787) 720-0810 Guaynabo
Buena Vista Texaco Service Station (787) 898-3641 Hatillo
Campo Rico Shell Station (787) 750-0500 821 Ave Campo Rico Urb Country Club, San Juan 009242428 - Little London
Casa Suarez Gas Licuado (787) 721-2094 San Juan
Castro Super Shell (787) 747-7162 Caguas
Cayey Service Station (787) 738-4322 Cayey
Ceiba Esso Service Station (787) 885-3366 Ceiba
Centro Shell (787) 864-0171 Guayama
Constancia Super Station (787) 842-8328 Ponce
Cupey Texaco Service Station (787) 751-4712 Rio Piedras
D & A Texaco Service Station (787) 760-6140 Rio Piedras
Del Valle Gas (787) 768-3133 San Juan
Ecomaxx Gas Station -- 6.2 mi. (9.9 km) East of Rincón
Ecomaxx Gas Station -- PR-1 - Mercedita
Ecomaxx Gas Station -- Calle Victoria - 0.0 mi. (0.0 km) Northwest of Ponce
El Prado Gas Station (787) 772-4523 Rio Piedras
Empresas de Gas (787) 789-2476 1025 Sabana Seca - San Juan
Esso Gas Station -- Lares
Eureka Gas Station (787) 887-0110 Rio Grande
Galateo Gas Station (787) 870-6898 Miramar
Gas Station -- Aguada
Guaraguao Gas Station (787) 786-2058 Bayamon
Jaicoa Gas Station (787) 754-2604 Rio Piedras
Jose Gonzalez Service Station (787) 743-1331 Caguas
Lopez Gas Station (787) 890-1246 Carr 110 Km 4.4 Bo Aguacate, Aguadilla 00603 - Downtown Aguadilla
Manolin & Son Texaco (787) 720-7075 Guaynabo
Mega Texas Gas -- Aguada
Nur Gas Station (787) 751-7463 Rio Piedras
Puma Gas Station -- State Road 53 - Yabucoa
Puma Gas Station -- Isla Verde
Puma Gas Station -- PR-40 - Catano
Puma Gas Station (787) 823-3333 2 Calle Pasea Perla Del Sur - 1.1 mi. (1.7 km) Southeast of Ponce
Ramos Service Station (787) 823-2222 Route 115 - 1.4 mi. (2.3 km) North-Northeast of Rincón
Shell Cascade -- 12.5 mi. (20.1 km) South West of Cayey
Shell Coamo -- Coamo
Shell Santa Isabel -- 15.3 mi. (24.7 km) East of Ponce
Shell South (787) 845-1325 15.3 mi. (24.7 km) East of Ponce
Shell Station -- PR-506 - Coto Laurel
Shell Station (787) 728-8914 Calle Laurel - Condado District
Shell Station -- Avenue de Las Rosas - Isla Verde
Speedway Gasoline (787) 823-1070 Carr 413 Km 4.7 Bo Puntas - Rincón
Station Torrecilla (787) 862-5790 Carr 155 Km 51.3 Bo Torrecillas - Morovis
Texaco -- Canovanas
Texaco -- PR-40 - 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) Southeast of Condado District
Texaco Gas -- 4.7 mi. (7.5 km) South of Aguadilla
Texaco Gas Station -- Aguada
Texaco Gas Station -- 4.2 mi. (6.7 km) South-Southwest of Aguadilla
Texaco Gas Station -- 4.4 mi. (7.0 km) South of Aguadilla
Total Gas -- 0.4 mi. (0.6 km) Southeast of Ponce
Total Gas Station -- 4.0 mi. (6.5 km) South of Aguadilla
Villa Flores Service Station -- PR-1 - 1.7 mi. (2.7 km) East of Ponce

Travelers who value a sense of freedom and independence will find rental cars a pleasant option, as they provide nearly unequaled access to even the most remote areas of the scenic island. Renting a vehicle means visitors are able to travel from the beach to the mountains within a few hours, allowing them to experience all that Puerto Rico has to offer.

There really is not anywhere in Puerto Rico that is not car friendly. As such, you should expect plenty of rental car agencies. To help sum down the choices, and narrow the information, select one of our popular local rental car guides below.

Rental Agencies in Specific Areas
Guide to Aguadilla Rental Cars
Guide to Boqueron Rental Cars
Guide to Caguas Rental Cars
Guide to Cayey Rental Cars
 Guide to Culebra Rental Cars
 Guide to Fajardo Rental Cars
 Guide to Isla Verde Rental Cars
 Guide to La Parguera Rental Cars
 Guide to Loiza Rental Cars
 Guide to Mayagüez Rental Cars
 Guide to Palmas Del Mar Rental Cars
 Guide to Ponce Rental Cars
 Guide to Rincón Rental Cars
 Guide to San Juan Rental Cars
 Guide to Vieques Rental Cars

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