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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.
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.
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.
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.
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. In San Juan, weekly rates on rental cars from major companies start around $280(USD).
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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.
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