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Does renting a car in San Juan make sense

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Does renting a car in San Juan make sense

Hello all,

I was contemplating whether or not to rent a car or just use Public transport to get around San Juan - we will be there around thanskgiving - any suggestions to the pros and cons of both. How is the public tranport in San Juan - how cheap is it? I understand that you have to pay parking for your rental car everywhere (including your hotel). Is there a cheaper way to travel?

Also, is it easy to find parking in and around the tourist spots?

Any advise will help

thx

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1. Re: Does renting a car in San Juan make sense

i just answered your question regarding snorkeling and the bio-bays.and just read your other question as well so i'll answer both questions here. forget about public transportation if you plan on doing or going anywhere outside of SAN JUAN and surrounding areas i.e. OLD SAN JUAN AND CONDADO. IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE BIO-BAY AND SNORKEL YOU MIGHT ENJOY STAYING IN FAJARDO. staying would also allow for easy access to THE EL YUNQUE RAIN FOREST. a definite must see as is the bio-bay. try looking into staying at either THE EL CONQUISTADOR OR THE FAJARDO INN (parking is free here) depending on your budget. for snorkeling excursions i recommend EAST ISLAND EXCURSIONS

www.eastwindcats.com

or ERIN GO BRAUGH CHARTER'S

www.egbc.net

you might enjoy spending your 1st nite in OLD SAN JUAN. ALLOW FOR A WALKING TOUR OF THE OLD CITY before you head to FAJARDO. JUST SOMETHING TO CONSIDER. BTW CHARLIE'S offers the lowest car rental rates.

keep asking questions,

doda

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2. Re: Does renting a car in San Juan make sense

In San Juan tourist zones you can use public transportation, even outside to some prts of the metro area public bus is ok. Outside San Juan you need a car.

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3. Re: Does renting a car in San Juan make sense

If you are going to be in San Juan a day or two before or after a cruise , you might consider not renting a car.

Buses are 75 cents one way.

Hotels have a tour desk for tours like the rain forest.

Buses run there best during rush hours.

if you need more inforrmation about tours check out www.puertoricoplanner.com click on sightseeing and then expert

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4. Re: Does renting a car in San Juan make sense

If you are going to be in San Juan a day or two before or after a cruise , you might consider not renting a car.

Buses are 75 cents one way.

Hotels have a tour desk for tours like the rain forest.

Buses run there best during rush hours.

if you need more inforrmation about tours check out www.puertoricoplanner.com click on sightseeing and then expert

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5. Re: Does renting a car in San Juan make sense

lordoftravel - On my recent trip, I rented a car for 4 days. I was staying in the Condado area and was able to find street parking every night. In my opinion if you are planning to see anything outside Old San Juan then a car makes sense. You can drive to Ponce in little over an hour, and if you want to visit the rain forest (which is free) or the caves then having a car is more economical. I rented from Charlie's which is a local company and gave the best rates online. I was advised to get the complete insurance, as liability insurance is not a requirement there, and the car did get hit in the mall parking lot and got a couple of scrapes from potholes. People drive agressively (I live in a big city, but I really had to keep my eyes open driving in San Juan!)

Have a great trip.

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6. Re: Does renting a car in San Juan make sense

lordoftravel, like the other posters have said, it really depends on your plans. I ussally don't rent a car in San Juan, because I usually stay at the hotel in Isla Verde or Condado for a lot of the time or go to Old San Juan,by bus. Also, nightlife goes very late and I don't relish the idea of walking around a a parking lot or driving in a somewhat unfamiliar city at 4:00Am . Oh, did I mention there are usually cocktails involved so driving for me doesn't make sense. On the other hand if you are going to travel outside San Juan you will need to rent.

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7. Re: Does renting a car in San Juan make sense

Visited San Juan in April with my wife. We stayed at Caribe Hilton which is outside of the old San Juan area and a bit isolated from other typical tourist attractions. We didn't rent a car and found no need for one. Taxis were available and plentiful at the hotels and in OSJ.

I found the streets in OSJ to be narrow and I didn't see much parking, besides street parking in OSJ. Availability probably is very dependent on the time of day/week of day. On the weekends we saw plenty of local families enjoying the parks in OSJ, so I assume they drove into town. If you need to get further outside of the downtown area you might need a car though.

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8. Re: Does renting a car in San Juan make sense

my first post since returning on tuesday...quick thanks to everyone who helped with my travel plans!

we were there for only 4 days and rented a car from charlie's online. they were very reasonable and helpful and i found the car to be a good thing. when we went into old san juan, we parked on the outskirts and walked in and around. we also found it great to have the freedom to get up in the morning to drive somewhere different for breakfast each day...(will post trip report soon of where :), then off to the beach with cooler and snacks. once we were done at the beach, hop in the car to go home - i personally liked having the convenience.

yes, parking is challenging but we opted to pay and parked in the burger king lot at isla verde beach. later out for dinner, we had to option again to go where we liked or to just 'cruise' and stop where the mood hit. one of the days, we got up and drove to luguillia beach (35 mins) and spent some time there and bought tons of local snack food which we then took back to isla verde beach later in the day.

you will find that san juan is like any large(ish) city in that the transportation is there and easy to use but you will have to allow for extra time and the restriction of only going to your destination. hope that helps!

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9. Re: Does renting a car in San Juan make sense

roostie. we can't wait to read you review.

thanks for sharing,

doda

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10. Re: Does renting a car in San Juan make sense

My husband and I just returned from Puerto Rico yesterday. We were there for 4 nights and rented a car through Charlie's car rental. I'd recommend a compact car only. They pick you up from the airport and take you to their office located right by the airport. I highly recommend them. We didn't have a lot of problems parking because we stayed at the El Convento for one night in Old San Juan ($15 to park overnight). Just walked around Old San Juan that day and next until check out at 12:00. The other three days we stayed at the At Wind Chimes Inn ($10 a day to park there). We were able to find a street spot at Isla Verde Satruday night by the El San Juan Hotel and Casino (lucked out I guess because parking was a nightmare at the hotel). We did go back to Old San Juan on Sunday for breakfast and found a street spot. Also returned Sunday night and parked in a garage behind the Sheraton. Driving is crazy you just have to be cautious. We drove up to the Rainforest, tLuquillo Beach and Seven Seas beach in Fajardo. Found Shannon's Irish Pub in Guaynabo to watch all the NFL games on Sunday. Also went over to the Beltz Factory Outlet Mall. I'm sure public transportation may be cheaper but we didn't want to have to worry about bus schedules and coming back to our hotel in the dark. If I went back I'd rent a car again. Parking isn't cheap but taxis are expensive and we wouldn't have been able to see nearly as much as we did.