In Puerto Rico, child car seat rules follow the US system, so children under the age of eight must travel in a suitable car seat. Children under four years old must be seated in a child seat, while children between the ages of four and eight and who are less than 4 ft, 9 in and below 80 lbs. must travel in a booster seat. Children under the age of 12 can sit in the front seat of cars only if airbags are disabled.
As public transport is lacking on the island, renting a car in Puerto Rico allows you to discover both the cities and the coast. Instead of spending money on tours, plan your own road trip around the island and venture beyond San Juan to Playa Sucia in Cabo Rojo, which is a 123 km (76 mi) drive to the southwest of the island.
If you plan to go off the beaten track with your rental car in Puerto Rico, it is worth considering a larger car. A four-wheel drive will benefit your journey around the rain forest, like El Yunque National Forest, especially with its abundance of hills. If you plan to visit the town of Ponce in the south of the island, you should rent a compact car to explore the Creole culture and seafront boardwalk.
Around Puerto Rico, you will find plenty of parking options, including free spaces. On most town streets, there are meters in blue zones, known as "Estacionamiento Pagando Metro," with yellow and white signs. You need to pay at the meter from Monday to Saturday, between 08:00 am and 8:00 pm, hourly rates starting at $0.50. In yellow zones, you cannot park in these areas at any time.
Book your rental car in Puerto Rico at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Compact rental cars in Puerto Rico are around 22% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Puerto Rico
Compact (Class Compact Car or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Puerto Rico.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Puerto Rico are Alamo (9.0, 203 reviews), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8.8, 411 reviews), and Ace (7.4, 130 reviews).
You will need to drive on the right-hand side of the road when you rent a car in Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican roads are well maintained, and most of the signposts are in Spanish. You will come across four toll roads on the island, which cost anything from $0.75 to $3.00 for small vehicles, or you can invest in an electronic payment tag. Between midnight and 5:00 am, you may cross red traffic lights, provided you stop first.
If you plan to rent a car in Puerto Rico, the minimum age for drivers is 21 years old, although this may vary by car category. The maximum age limit for renting a car is 75 years old, and drivers younger than 25 can expect a young driver surcharge. You will need your domestic or international driving license to drive in the country.
You will find that the average price of petrol is $0.90 per liter or $3.40 per gallon, when you rent a car in Puerto Rico. There are several petrol stations around the island and along the main highways; stations stay open until about 7:00 pm. You need to pay inside the kiosk before pumping your gas.
The maximum speed limits are considerably slower in Puerto Rico compared to elsewhere. In residential areas the speed limit is 40 km/h (25 mph), and on national roads you can travel up to 72 km/h (45 mph). On highways, the maximum speed limit ranges between 88 km/h (55 mph) and 105 km/h (65 mph).
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 48 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.