Touch down in the capital of Puerto Rico for a holiday of relaxation and exploration. Grab a San Juan Airport rental car to cruise this stunning Caribbean island.
Settled on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean on the northeast side of the island is Spanish-influenced San Juan. Get lost wandering Old San Juan, known for its colourful colonial architecture and fortresses which surround the city. Check out El Morro and La Fortaleza to see these enormous walls from the 1500s. For a day at the beach, head to Balneario Escambron or Playa Isla Verde to enjoy perfect, white sandy stretches along the crystal blue waters.
Hiring a car in San Juan
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Grab the car keys almost as soon as you touch down with San Juan airport’s in-terminal car hire companies. Brands that aren’t directly on site provide free transport to their nearby locations, so getting your vehicle couldn’t be simpler.
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, also referred to as San Juan Airport, serves 9 million passengers each year and is the hub for Caribbean travel. The airport has four terminals which include guest services such as duty-free shops, beauty salons, an on-site hotel and more than 30 restaurants and cafes. When you are ready to pick up your rental car, head to the first level of the multi-story car park, located outside the terminal.
Heading straight to downtown San Juan to pick up your car hire? Hail a taxi or hop on the AMA public bus from terminal A or D.
Guide to driving a rental car in San Juan
Use our guide for help on driving tips, navigating and parking for San Juan.
Driving from the airport to San Juan
San Juan Airport is conveniently located only 5 kilometres southeast of the city limits. The drive will take around 15 minutes if you are heading straight to the Old San Juan district. To get there, exit the airport on Av. Aeropuerto and merge onto PR-26. Stay on this until merging onto Avenida Juan Ponce de Leon/PR-1/PR-26, which will lead you into downtown San Juan.
Driving tips for your San Juan rental car
Local drivers in San Juan can be aggressive. Always stay alert while behind the wheel and follow these tips to get around safely:
• Drive on the right side of the road.
• On the freeway: the left lane is for passing and fast drivers, while the slower traffic stays right.
• Expect traffic during rush hours (6:45am to 8:45am, 12pm to 1:30pm and 4:30pm to 6pm).
• Always make sure you have a spare tyre with your hired car, some roads are in poor condition.
• Road signs are not always easy to spot, keep a map in the car and use GPS when necessary.
• Keep change in the car for tolls.
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Parking options at San Juan Airport and in the city
Choose from short- and long-term parking at San Juan Airport. The multi-level car park grants guests the first 15 minutes free and an hourly rate of $4.75. To park for the day it costs $26.75 and $18 for the following days.
Find a number of parking garages in Old San Juan for quick and easy parking. The normal rate is $1.25 for the first hour and $.50 for each additional hour. Free, on-street parking may be available at the start of the day. Don’t park if there is paint on the curb to avoid fines.
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Exploring San Juan and Puerto Rico
San Juan is the beating heart of Puerto Rico and the hub from which you can delve into the rest of the island. Get a sense of the city’s character by visiting its different neighbourhoods.
Old San Juan is home to colourful buildings from colonial times and historic UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the awe-inspiring fortress, La Fortaleza. On the other hand, the neighbourhood of Condado features luxurious shops, hotels and restaurants, while Santurce boasts a lively marketplace, the Plaza del Mercado or La Placita.
Hit the road and check out some of the island’s rural wonders. Northern Puerto Rico offers incredible caving systems, such as the breathtaking Cueva Ventana. Head south and enjoy the relaxed coastal towns of Guayanilla, Ponce and Santa Isabel. Or, head inland and take to the mountains, where adventurous pursuits include climbing, river rafting and ziplining.
Begin your adventure in Puerto Rico with a San Juan airport car hire and experience the journey of a lifetime.
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