There isn't much public transportation in Puerto Rico. Therefore, it is important to rent a car. We went through Payless. They were great and we got a beautiful 2012 Toyota! We weren't charged mileage and it was very efficient on gas.
***I recommend using the toll pass. It is a sticker that they put on the window that allows to to take the left lane and pass all of the tolls. You pay the fees after you turn the car in. It is the easiest and least bothersome to pass all of the tolls around the island. And yes there is a lot of them!***Related to:
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The toll fees in Puerto Rico
There are so many toll booths at the freeway in Puerto Rico. I think we have passed several where our driver paid for toll tax.
Make sure that you have cash/coins when you are driving to be prepared for toll tax.Related to:
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FREE BUS SERVICE IN S.J. FOR 6 MONTHS..!
Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila has launched a FREE BUS SERVICE PROGRAM for 6 months to encourage the use of public transportation, save the environment and cut gas consumption. The program will also include the San Juan-Catano Ferry that takes visitors (via another short bus ride) to the Bacardi Plant Tour. The program will start Monday August 11, 2008 and will last 6 months. Words are talking about including the recently opened train service to Bayamon but no official news has come yet. For travelers that could mean: saving few days of car rental fees while visiting Old San Juan, Condado, Isla Verde, Pinones, Bayamon, Rio Piedras College and shopping district) before headind to the inland and adventure more. Another reason to visit Puerto Rico!Related to:
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Charlie Car Rentals in San Juan
You can usually check & compare car rental prices on the internet. Charlie has better prices than the major compnies. If you are good with reading a map & don't have much problem with spanish(as the road signs are in spanish) you can easily drive the perimiter of the island in a day. Towns along the coasts will have cottages for rent and most of them have a restaurant. Drive inland to explore the towns. @ Charlie car rental they give you a map of the island and can explain how to get to a specific place you wish to see...if they know. Sometimes small places might not be very well known. But they can tell you how to get to the town of that thing you want to see, then you ask someone in the town for directions. Not too bad. At baggage claim areas in Luis Munoz Marin Airport you'll find Charlie car rental. Just check out the web site for all the info & photos on rental vehicles.Related to:
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The local bus is a cheap way to get around San Juan. Its $0.25 one way ride, you can't get any cheaper then that!!!
Buses take you all around the Greater San Juan area. With all the traffic, its just easier and a lot more relaxing to take the bus. It will save you cash and sanity!Related to:
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Old San Juan Trolly
Old San Juan has a great trolly service from the main transportation hub through out the old cit area. It is a free hop off hop on deal. At any of the colorful, numbered trolly signs simply wait for the next trolly and hop on, then hop off at any stop, see the sights and wait for the next trolly.Related to:
No car seats for Kinder!
My daughter Nina will probably remember Puerto Rico as being the place where, for the first time, she did not have to ride in a car seat. Puerto Rican law states that children four years and up do not require a car seat, as opposedto six in our home state. I advise parents to use their judgement about renting a car seat (cost was $12/day if we would have gotten one) to ensure their child's safety.
Seriously, check around on places like hotwire and find a cheap rental car. The públicos are pretty unreliable and will definitely charge tourists more than locals. And they all stop running at night, so if you HAVE to use a público, make sure you get their card and have a phone around to call them later. They'll probably come, but it definitely costs a bit more. We got our rental for $15 a day in Old San Juan and it was a life saver.
Rent a car and drive around the island
I always rent a car whenever I travel to Puerto Rico, it gives me the freedom to explore more of the island.
There are many car rental companies located throughout the many municipalities of Puerto Rico, but Charlie Car Rental is the company I choose to rent from. They have very competitive rates, are centrally located on Isla Verde (a quick 10 min. ride for the airport on their complimentary shuttle service) and their agents all speak English and are very friendly and helpful.
You can make your reservation on line or contact them via their 800 number.
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Hello - We were in PR in July. San Juan seems to be where the action is. Idid not get to Isla Verde, we started out staying in Dorado in a nightmare Gables Breeze Townhome at 30 Palmetto Ct. Stay away from Gables Breeze. Aside from that I found traveling around the island to be time consuming and tedious. The traffic is heavy. You do quickly learn the main roads. As far as transportation you should rent a car. Public transportation will be costly based upon where you are staying if you want to travel around to San Juan. I don't know how we would have managed without a car. Once in the city of San Juan however public transportation is more acessible, bus and taxi. We moved to the Marriot on Condado Beach midweek because our Townhouse rental was literally unlive-able. Once there we took a taxi from the Marriot to Old San Juan for $15. Bus for .75 was also available. Parking in Old San Juan was $25 - $30 in the garage. If you do that be sure to keep your parking ticket for the garage with you. DO NOT lose it. I cannot imagine what the cost would have been to take a taxi back and forth from Dorado. I looked on a map and based upon where Isla Verde is in relation to San Juan I think renting a car is the best way to go. Unless you are planning to make only one trip into San Juan. We went to Ponce, Arecibo, San Juan, Fajardo and into the mountains somewhere. Lots of driving. Once at the Marriot however we really felt as though we never had to leave there...pools, beach, casino, great food, music every night-wonderful. And close to everything.
Rent A Car
When I vacation - I don't go for the all-inclusive resort thing. I like to hit all the sites and use public transport, if I can. (I'm a big supporter of public transport and ride my bike to work at home.) PR is the complete opposite of a destination like Washington, D.C. where having a rental car can actually impede your travel. In PR you need to rent a car to hit the sites, unless you are planning to shell out big bucks on tour packages or have the patience for the local bus system in San Juan (local folks I met told me I was better off walking). There is no island-wide bus system. Our rental was about $420 for the week with 2 drivers, insurance, etc. It was pricey for us, but worth it. We only had to pay for parking three times (Rio Camuey caves, one public beach and in Old San Juan) which totaled to $10.50 for the week. We used Dollar Rent A Car (they provided a shuttle from LM Int.) and got ourselves a super cute Toyota Yaris that took all over the northern and eastern sides of the island on a half tank of gas. No power locks or anything, but insanely easy to park on the compact street of San Juan.
Travelling around the island buy local mini bus could be quite complicated. the earlier in the morning the better it will be. Try to find out the departure point and wait for a mini van. Then you may bargain the fare price; it could be higher if there is not too many travellers.Related to:
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If your cruise ends at Puerto Rico on a Sunday, I would recommend staying an extra night in Puerto Rico if you can.
The airport is a mess and very long lines. Good chance you could miss your flight. If your taveling with children, older adults or someone w/disabilities this could be a nightmare and not a good ending for your trip.
This will also give you time to check out Puerto Rico.Related to:
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Car Rentals in San Juan
If you are travelling beyond Old San Juan, it's best to rent a small compact car in advance. Most major rental agencies are available in Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (San Juan), and are fairly reasonable. The killer is gas. Gas can get pretty pricey, and can be hard to find in some of the smaller towns that are off-the-beaten-path. Plan ahead.
Stick to smaller, compact cars which are easier to maneuver and park on small side streets in San Juan and in the outlying towns.
If you are just intending to stick to Old San Juan for a weekend or before a cruise departure, taking the hotel shuttle to Old San Juan and walking around the city might be better... less to deal with. Everything in OSJ is within walking distance with a comfortable pair of shoes.Related to:
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I flew Cape Air from Mayaguez to San Juan. The planes were clean, the pilot was nice, and the people working at the counter were really nice as well. Plus, since the plane only goes 2,000 feet up, it is very scenic. It was a cheap price and is great since it allows visitors to the island to travel around and still make it back to their flights in Ponce or San Juan in time.Related to:
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