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The ultimate way to enjoy the summer vibes the city exudes is by renting a convertible. Biarritz is where the rich and beautiful tend to commute for their annual holiday, and an expensive sports car would be a good choice to fit right in. Families can also consider renting a minivan that provides more space for the holidays.
Bear in mind that all speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour in France. Within the city, 50 km/h (31 mph) is permitted, but 30 km/h (18 mph) can also apply to some narrower parts or around pedestrian areas. When leaving the city, drivers can go up to 80 km/h (50 mph) and 130 km/h (80 mph) on toll freeways. Tolls are paid when going on the freeway and indicated by a sign saying “péage.”
Compared to the US, petrol in Europe is generally more expensive and the average liter costs around €1.50 (or $1.72, which is about $6.88 per gallon). It is possible to pay with cash or card at most petrol stations, but at self-service stations it may be not possible to pay with a credit card that has no 4-digit PIN for verification.
Finding a parking spot inside Biarritz can be somewhat harrowing when you don’t know where to go. On-street parking is metered in most places, but some streets are free to park on outside the summer months when the buzz of tourists has abated. Underground parking garages are also available, especially close to the beach, which also shelter the car from the heat.