If you’re arriving to San Juan on a cruise and you only have a day, you could hire a tour operator to take you to interesting places around San Juan. But if you’re the adventure type and wish to save money, getting a car rental is a great way to get a taste of what Puerto Rico has to offer. With some planning, you can enjoy some great attractions by getting behind the wheel. If you’re spending a few days in Puerto Rico before or after your cruise, then even better. Having a car is the best way to experience the real Puerto Rico.
Following is a guide specifically created for cruisers with links, info., and a full map with the most convenient car rental companies near the cruise port piers and terminals.
Soon we’ll be adding suggested itineraries for cruisers spending a day in San Juan and more itineraries for longer stays in Puerto Rico.
Car Rentals Near the Old San Juan Cruise Piers
Hertz has the only car rental location near the Old San Juan cruise piers and is located inside the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino which is located directly across from the cruise piers. Once you arrive, you can simply walk across the street from your cruise pier to the Sheraton to book a car rental. However, we recommend you book the car rental ahead of time online to give you peace of mind that there will be a car available for you when you arrive.
Car Rentals Near the Pan American Pier
Enterprise, Hertz, and Avis have rental locations in the Puerto Rico Convention Center District where the two Pan American cruise pier terminals are located nearby. However, you will have to take a shuttle or taxi from your cruise terminal to the Isla Grande Airport or the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino to rent a car. You could walk across to Enterprise or Hertz at the Isla Grande Airport, but keep in mind that there are no sidewalks. Avis, at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino is not far, but we recommend you take a taxi there as well. Even though the walks are fairly short, we still recommend you take a taxi for a few dollars for convenience and safety. For taxi rates see our taxi guide page.
Related Cruise Guides by Interest
- Map of Hotels near the Cruise Port
- Map of Beaches near the Cruise Port
- Parking near the Cruise Port
- Getting to Old San Juan from the Cruise Port