Home to some of the best surfing beaches in Puerto Rico, most tourists stay in the area to practice catching waves. This means a lot of coastal driving and sandy roads, a fact that means visitors would be wise to rent a vehicle that can withstand these type of conditions.
Adventurous tourists will typically pick their rental up at the Rincón immediately. It is also possible to hire an airport transfer to take you to your hotel, where you'll be able to rent from a more local agency at your leisure.(about a 20 minute drive) or the (about a 2 1/2 hour drive) so they can begin their explorations of
Take a look at the following chart which shows the available area rental agencies.
|(787) 823-3438||Carretera 115 - Rincón|
|Avis Sears Mayaguez||(787) 805-5911||Mayaguez Town Center - Mayagüez|
|(787) 868-4245||Carr 2 Km 136.1 Bo Naranjo - Aguada|
|Thrifty Mayaguez Airport||(787) 834-1590||Eugenio Maria de Hostos Airport - 3.8 mi. (6.2 km) North of Mayagüez|
In order to rent a car in Rincón, or anywhere in Puerto Rico, you'll have to be over 21, have a valid driver's license either from your home country or an International License, and a credit card. The cost of a rental is anywhere from $40 to $70(USD) a day, but be prepared to spend on the higher end since you'll want a sports utility vehicle with good suspension and four wheel drive in order to navigate the sandy beach areas behind the wheel. You'll also be required to put a deposit down, which can be up to $500(USD). This is usually done as a hold on your credit card, which will be removed when you return the vehicle. Another charge to be aware of is the extra $10 to $25(USD) a day if you are between the ages of 21 and 24.
...directions are posted in kilometers...
As aforementioned, most tourists will pick up their vehicle at the airport in Rincón, then drive to Rincón. In order to get to town, you'll travel on a major toll road, so make sure to bring $4(USD) in change to pay the tolls.
As you travel along the highway, you'll notice that driving here is much like driving in any major city in the United States. Traffic moves on the right side of the road, roads are paved, there are stop signs and stop lights, directional signs, and street lamps to keep roads well lit when the sun sets. You will probably notice that directions are posted in kilometers, but speed limits are in miles per hour. Although traffic isn't a terrible issue in Rincón, seasoned tourists will typically recommend that you stick to major highways to avoid back up with local drivers who can be aggressive on occasion.
A few differences to keep in mind is that gasoline is sold by the liter and police vehicles are required to keep their lights flashing at all times that the vehicle is in motion.
You will find a decent selection of places that sell gas in and around the area. Take a look at the chart just below to see some locations.
|(787) 823-2222||Route 115 - 1.4 mi. (2.3 km) North-Northeast of Rincón|
|(787) 823-1070||Carr 413 Km 4.7 Bo Puntas - Rincón|
|--||4.2 mi. (6.7 km) South-Southwest of Aguadilla|
Knowing about driving in Rincón as well as what it takes to rent a vehicle is a great first step on the road to deciding if renting a car is the right choice for you.
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