Car Rentals in San Juan

Driving in San Juan is similar to a city in the U.S.

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Depending on who you ask, those who have previously visited San Juan may vehemently advise against renting a car for a stay in the busy city. Others will talk up the perks of always having a vehicle at your disposal, suggesting there is no better way to get to know the area than to get out on the road yourself and travel from site to site on your own time. The confidence you have in your driving skills as well as your budget may be the biggest factors that decide whether or not you'll rent a car in San Juan.

Renting a Car

Most tourists will arrive in San Juan via the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and pick up their vehicles from one of the multiple rental agencies on site before driving off to their accommodations. There are also plenty of agencies throughout San Juan.

Check out this table for many of the rental centers in this area.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Avis Condado (787) 721-4499 1052 Ashford Avenue - Condado District
Avis Intercontinental Hotel (787) 982-4331 Intercontinental San Juan Resort Spa and Casino - Isla Verde
Avis Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (787) 253-5926 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Isla Verde
Avis Plaza Las Americas (787) 753-3080 Plaza Las Americas - Hato Rey
Avis Sheraton Convention Center (787) 993-3633 Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino - Miramar
Cabrera Car Rental (787) 791-4444 Carolina
Charlie Car Rental (787) 728-2418 Isla Verde
Dollar Rent a Car (787) 791-5500 Baldorioty de Castro Marginal de los Angeles - Isla Verde
Enterprice Rent A Car (787) 253-4424 Carolina
Exotic Car Rental (787) 253-4040 Carolina
Hertz Caribe Hilton (787) 721-0303 Caribe Hilton - Viejo San Juan
Hertz Condado Downtown (787) 725-2027 1365 Ashford Avenue - Condado District
Hertz Luis Munoz Marin Airport (787) 791-0840 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Isla Verde
Hertz Marriott Hotel (787) 722-7000 San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino - Condado District
Hertz Million Air (787) 289-2021 Isla Grande Airport - Viejo San Juan
Hertz San Patricio (787) 793-4025 Gonzalez Guisti Avenue - Guaynabo
Hertz Sheraton (787) 721-5127 Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel - Old San Juan
Martineau Car Rental (787) 721-4270 Cond Adaligia, Santurce - Condado District
Pier Car Rental Inc (787) 729-0016 101 Gilberto ConcepciA3n de Gracia - Ocean Park
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) 751-9077 65th Infantry Avenue - Condado District
Target Rent a Car (787) 782-6380 1503 Roosevelt Avenue - Hato Rey
Thrifty Luis Munoz (787) 252-2525 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Isla Verde
VIAS Car Rental (787) 791-4120 4 Rosa Street - Isla Verde
Wrangler Of Puerto Rico (787) 784-1419 Ocean Park

You'll find that there are both recognizable international chains and local businesses renting cars in San Juan, and your first job will be choosing who you'd like to rent with. If you plan to stick to driving around San Juan, a local agency might work for you because you'll often find lower prices. However, if you have thoughts of exploring other cities in Puerto Rico, choosing an international chain is best because they have the means to offer help if your vehicle breaks down outside of town. Local agencies do not always offer this luxury. Note that if you rent with an especially new and unknown rental agency, they may not accept credit cards, and some will have difficulty clearing up any insurance issues that might arise.

Regardless of where you rent from, you'll have to be over the age of 21 to do so, and those between 21 and 24 are charged an additional $10 to $25(USD) a day. Once you hit 25 you'll be able to rent on Puerto Rico without an up-charge. You will also need to be in possession of a valid driver's license from your country of origin.

Rental Costs

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Rentals in San Juan can cost as low as $40(USD) a day, but the quoted rates you see on web sites and in brochures will typically not include taxes and insurance. For a more specific quote, your best bet is to call the renal agency directly. Also, be aware that you will likely see a hold of around $500(USD) on your credit card as a type of insurance until you return the vehicle. Most agencies have a wide variety of vehicles to choose from, from gas-saving sedans to sports utility vehicles for those interested in exploring off the beaten track. Make sure to request a vehicle with an anti-theft double-locking mechanism, because car theft is a problem in San Juan.

Local firms sometimes charge different rates so it can be worth your time to get quotes from several firms. The lowest rates displayed are usually only available from the least expensive agencies when plenty of cars are on hand. The high rates are what you might be quoted at one of the busier agencies during the high season.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Economy Car $ 12.00 $ 54.00
Compact Car $ 15.00 $ 63.00
Mid Size Car $ 20.00 $ 154.00
Full Size Car $ 35.00 $ 155.00
Mini Van $ 58.00 $ 120.00
Standard SUV $ 58.00 $ 240.00
Pickup Truck $ 80.00 $ 90.00
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Economy Car $ 72.00 $ 325.00
Compact Car $ 90.00 $ 378.00
Mid Size Car $ 120.00 $ 925.00
Full Size Car $ 210.00 $ 930.00
Mini Van $ 345.00 $ 720.00
Standard SUV $ 345.00 $ 1440.00
Pickup Truck $ 480.00 $ 540.00

Driving

Driving in San Juan varies greatly depending on which roads you take and the time of day you're out on the road. For the most part, you'll find things to be similar to driving in the United States. In the more populated parts of town, the roads are paved, marked, and full of stop lights and other cars, while on the outskirts of towns in the more mountainous areas, upkeep is much less of a priority and the roads range from badly damaged to non-existent.

Local drivers are known for being reckless, and traffic can be terrible in San Juan. The maze of roads in the city can be hard to navigate, and parking is almost always a challenge to find. Seasoned travelers will recommend that drivers stick to the toll roads and main highways when possible.

Distances are posted in kilometers, yet speed limits are in miles per hour, gasoline is sold by the liter rather than the gallon, and gas prices tend to be less here than in the United States. Another important fact to note is that police cars are required to have their flashing lights going whenever the car is in motion, so just because there is a police vehicle behind you it doesn't mean you've done anything wrong. Overall, the rules of the road are similar to those in the United States, and traffic even moves to the right here.

Gas Stations

Check the table that follows which displays an array of fueling locations in and around San Juan.

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Amigo Gas (787) 251-0368 San Juan
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
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
El Prado Gas Station (787) 772-4523 Rio Piedras
Empresas de Gas (787) 789-2476 1025 Sabana Seca - San Juan
Galateo Gas Station (787) 870-6898 Miramar
Jaicoa Gas Station (787) 754-2604 Rio Piedras
Nur Gas Station (787) 751-7463 Rio Piedras
Puma Gas Station -- Isla Verde
Puma Gas Station -- PR-40 - Catano
Shell Station (787) 728-8914 Calle Laurel - Condado District
Shell Station -- Avenue de Las Rosas - Isla Verde
Texaco -- PR-40 - 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) Southeast of Condado District

Driving in San Juan may be difficult because of the layout and congestion of the roads, but overall, you'll find Puerto Rico to have some of the best driving conditions in the Caribbean. If you have plans to rent a car for your stay, few would try and convince you to change your mind.

 

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