Willemstad Car Rentals

Renting a car for your stay in Willemstad is a great way to get around

Photo credit © Enjoy Car Rental

From the historic forts downtown to the many beaches, there is much to be seen in Willemstad.  While it certainly is possible to use other forms of transportation to do all that you want to do here, renting a car gives you the power to come and go as you please, see the sites on your own time, and it can even be a money saver.

Renting a Car

Thanks to a large presence of international rental agencies at the airport, most visitors will pick up their vehicle as soon as they arrive on the island.  This isn't a necessity, however, because there are several local agencies, like Enjoy Car Rental conveniently located around town.  Most will also deliver the vehicle to you at your hotel for no additional cost. This option is ideal if you only want to rent for a few days of exploring, or if you'd rather not deal with the logistics of renting a car until after you've relaxed at your hotel for a day or two.

Very few agencies will rent out a vehicle to anyone under the age of 25, and you must have a valid driver's license from your country of origin in addition to two years of driving experience.   The type of vehicle you choose to rent will depend on your planned activities.  If you'll be sticking to the city to check out museums and historic sites, a sedan will be just fine, but natural attractions may only be found by driving down rocky, unpaved roads.  Consider renting a sports utility vehicle if you will be heading off the beaten path. 

Check the following chart for contact information.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
ABI Car Rental (599-9) 869-5551 Rooseveltweg 515 - Willemstad
Affordable Car Rental (999) 561-6608 Westkapellestraat 2 - Punda
Alamo Car Rental Curacao (599-9) 869-4433 Willemstad
Avis Hato International Airport (599) 9-839-1500 Hato International Airport - 4.5 mi. (7.3 km) North of Piscadera
Avis Howard Johnson (599) 9-462-7800 Plaza Brion - Willemstad
Avis Mega Pier (599) 9-462-4907 Otrabanda
Avis Willemstad Main Office (599-9) 461-1255 Willemstad
Big Apple Car Rental (599-9) 737-5152 Bonamweg 13 - Willemstad
Budget Rent A Car (Airport) (599-9) 839-1300 Curacao Airport - Willemstad
Centraal-Rent-A-Car (999) 690-5454 World Trade Center main entrance - Piscadera
Easy Car Rental (599-9) 868-7368 Rooseveltweg 505D - Willemstad
Hertz Hato International (599-9) 839-1288 Curacao Airport - Willemstad
Hertz Main Office (999) 888-0088 503 Franklin D Roosevelt - Willemstad
Hertz Superclub Breezes (999) 465-4788 78 Martin Luther King Boulevard - Willemstad
Jo-Anny Car Rental (599-9) 461-0394 Bereheinweg 15 - Willemstad
Justin Rent-A- Car (599-9) 869-9600 / (599-9) 691-4263 / (599-9) 518-2892 Heintje Koolweg 154-155 - Punda
Michel Car Rental (599-9) 888-8878 F.D. Rooseveltweg 348 & Airport - The vicinity of Willemstad
National Car Rental (Airport) (599-9) 839-1311 Curacao Airport - Willemstad
Prins Car Rental (599-9) 525-6895 / (599-9) 888-6895 Jannoorduynweg 36 - 2.9 mi. (4.6 km) North of Piscadera
Rida Rent A Car (599-9) 738-3635 Gosieweg 8A - Willemstad
Ruiz Rent-A-Car (599-9) 737-3184 Wilhelminalaan 11 - Punda
Youbi Car Rental (599-9) 524-2424 Gosieweg - Willemstad

The Cost of Renting a Car

Rates will vary here not only by agency and the type of vehicle you rent, but by season as well.  If you visit Willemstad during the summer, you can expect to save up to 30 percent.  On average, though, you can expect to spend between $40 and $75(USD) a day.  Keep in mind that insurance could be an extra $11 to $15(USD) a day, and there is also a six percent sales tax.  Mileage is unlimited, but drivers are responsible for paying for their own gas.  In some cases, you will be required to provide a credit card number in order to make a reservation.  

Driving in Willemstad

Driving conditions in Willemstad are decent when compared to the rest of the Caribbean, but there is still some work to be done to make driving here easier.  Traffic moves on the right side of the road like in the United States, but speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour.  Expect to see 45 kilometers per hour in highly populated areas, but up to 80 kilometers per hour on rural roads and long stretches of highway.  

A few things to be aware of are that street lamps are rare, which makes driving at night or during a rain storm difficult, and street signs are not always as visible as one would like – plus they are noted in Dutch.  The best course of action is always drive with caution.  Seat belts are required for all persons in the vehicle, and children under the age of 12 must sit in the back seat of the car. If you rent a motorcycle, helmets are required. Right hand turns at red lights are not permitted as they are in the United States. 

View the table below for a few fueling options in this general area.

Gas Stations
Name Location
Curoil Gas Station Otrabanda
Pomp Station Santa Maria 2.8 mi. (4.5 km) North-Northeast of Piscadera

Rental cars are easy to find, conditions are generally good, and the ability to control your transportation is a huge plus.  Curacao's capital city has much to offer visitors, and most agree that the best way to take advantage of it all is to rent a car.  


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