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The condition of Puerto Rican roads in 2019
How potholes can damage your car
How you can avoid potholes
Conclusion

 

The condition of Puerto Rican roads in 2019

Puerto Rico’s roads are unfortunately notorious for being in disrepair. There are a bunch of potholes, seemingly random speed bumps, and cracks in the road. Part of this is due to all the hurricanes that have hit Puerto Rico over the years, hurricane Maria being the most recent example.

According to a survey last year by The Washington Post, ninety-three percent of Puerto Ricans felt that the roads needed repairs.

In fact, some Puerto Ricans have even gone as far as starting to repair the roads themselves by pouring concrete powder and water in the potholes. The government is trying their best to get to fixing the roads but with the current state of Puerto Rico’s economy, it isn’t in the cards at the moment.

If you are driving in Puerto Rico or are going to be driving in Puerto Rico in the near future, it would be in your best interest to learn how to avoid these potholes as best you can. Otherwise, you could end up paying hefty repair fees.
 

How potholes can damage your car

So, you know that driving over potholes can damage your car. But you might ask yourself:

How can potholes damage my car?

Hitting a pothole hard enough can damage your vehicle in a number of ways.

  • Your alignment can be thrown off – If your alignment gets thrown off when you hit a pothole, you will need to get either a two wheel or four-wheel alignment depending on the severity of the damage. It will generally cost you between fifty and a hundred dollars for a two wheel alignment and twice that for a four wheel alignment.
  • You could easily puncture a tire – Fixing a punctured tire won’t set you back too badly. However, it is inconvenient and, if it happens often enough, it can add up. The general cost to get a punctured tire fixed is usually between ten and twenty dollars. If your tire has been badly punctured or punctured multiple times you should consider buying another tire whether new or used.
  • You can end up bending one of your rims – If you end up with bent rims after you hit a pothole, you could end up paying between a hundred and twenty-five hundred dollars or more. That range probably does not do you much help but that is because in order to be more accurate with an estimate, you need specific details.

    In general, if the damage isn’t too bad, getting your rims re-rounded will likely cost between a hundred and two hundred and fifty dollars per wheel. However, if the damage is worse and you need to replace the rims entirely it could easily cost over a thousand dollars per wheel.

 

How you can avoid potholes

There are several easy ways you can avoid more potholes or, at the very least, lessen the damage they do when you hit them.

  • Understand potholes – When you understand potholes you will be able to know when and where to be on the lookout for them. Potholes occur when water gets into the cracks of the asphalt. Then, when temperatures drop, the water freezes and expands. When the temperature warms, the water melts, leaving parts of the asphalt separated from the rest. That is where your potholes occur.

    So, realize that when it warms up after significant road icing occurred, there will be the highest chance for potholes. This is when you should be on the lookout for new potholes, most likely in the early spring into the early summer.

  • Drive slow and keep space between you and the car in front of you – Doing this will give you more time to react if you see a pothole. Remember, however, the damage from a pothole is small in comparison to the damage you can cause by veering into oncoming traffic just to avoid a pothole. So, do what you can, within reason, to avoid the pothole.
  • Make sure that your tires are full – Making sure that your tires are full of air will give your car the maximum amount of protection from damage from potholes.
  • Be suspicious of all puddles – Puddles are often in a pothole rather than a natural dip in the road. Avoid driving through puddles as much as you possibly can.
  • If you are going to hit a pothole, just hit it – What we mean here is, do not break as you are about to hit a pothole or as you hit a pothole. This can end up causing even more damage to your vehicle.

 

Conclusion

No matter what you do, you are going to end up hitting some potholes while driving in Puerto Rico. There are just too many of them to avoid them altogether.

However, you can avoid as many as you can while minimizing the damage to your car when you can’t avoid them.

Either way, it will be easier to avoid potholes and cheaper to fix any damage resulting from them if you have you very own car available to you than if you are renting a car. If you want your car shipped to Puerto Rico, get in touch with us today.

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Ship your car to Puerto Rico

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There is a reason that shipping cars to Puerto Rico can be the sole purpose of a business. All of the other options for transportation in Puerto Rico are either notoriously unreliable, outrageously expensive or both.

It can be complicated, frustrating and expensive getting around in Puerto Rico to say the least. For a short trip, you will likely have no choice but to deal with cabs and rental cars. However, for any sort of extended trip, it makes much more sense to ship your car to Puerto Rico.
 

Taxis

Taxis are more reliable than public transportation and ride-share apps in Puerto Rico. You can usually look up a local taxi wherever you are on your phone and call them for a ride. The problem is that many of these taxis run without meters. Thus, they can charge jaw-droppingly high prices based on how well they can gauge your level of desperation for transportation.

If you will be in Puerto Rico for a few days, you might as well rent a car based on all the money you will end up spending on cabs. Several days of cab rides in Puerto Rico can easily run a couple of hundred dollars.

If you are taking a taxi in Puerto Rico, be sure to ask what the fare will be in advanced.
 

Ubers and other ride-share apps

Uber, for the most part, doesn’t operate in Puerto Rico. You can get some limited service in the San Juan area but that is pretty much about it. With other ride-share apps like Lyft or Juno, there is no operation in Puerto Rico whatsoever.

In fact, legislation was pushed for by taxi lobbyist groups and won that now prohibits ride-share apps from picking up or dropping off at the airport and certain hotels in San Juan. So, it would be best to forget using any ride-share apps all together while in Puerto Rico.
 

Rental cars

Rental cars are probably the best option for getting around Puerto Rico other than shipping your car there. However, this does not mean the experience of renting a car in Puerto Rico will be a pleasant one.

The price for renting a car is fairly comparable to the United States. It might end up being slightly more expensive.

The issue is how poorly run the rental car centers are run. They are almost always understaffed. What staff many of the rental car centers do have working can be inattentive and rude at times.

With the exception of shipping your own car to Puerto Rico, your best bet is to bundle your car rental with your hotel reservation in advanced with a site like Expedia.

The roads in Puerto Rico are also in really bad shape. There are bad potholes everywhere that sometimes are not even visible. The quality of the average driver is not great either. People routinely roll through stop signs, stop in the middle of traffic suddenly for no reason and drive way too fast or too slow.

The point here is that the rental companies in Puerto Rico are known for being quick to blame you for any damage you have on your car when you bring it back, even if it was there when they gave you the car.

So, you should be sure to make note of and document all existing damage when you receive the car. You should also be absolutely sure to purchase the rental insurance too. It will more than likely come in handy when you get your rental damaged by a pothole or something else and it only costs an extra ten dollars per day.
 

Ship your car to Puerto Rico

Getting around to different places in Puerto Rico can be a real hassle. Public transportation operates on a seemingly random schedule, renting a car can take a long time and be very frustrating, and taking a cab can end up being very expensive.

The only really reliable option you have is to ship your vehicle to Puerto Rico. If you choose to ship your car to Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Car Transport can help you get it done from start to finish! Call us today at 904-322-7644.

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What is excise tax?
Is excise tax included in the cost of shipping my car?
How can I determine my excise tax?
How can I pay my excise tax?
Why Puerto Rico enacted the excise tax
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What is excise tax?

Excise tax is a tax that Puerto Rico has enacted that charges four percent on shipping things there such as vehicles. This number is determined based on the vehicles’ worth in Puerto Rico.
 

Is excise tax included in the cost of shipping my car?

Excise tax is not included in the cost of your car shipment. This is because you need to pay the tax directly. A car shipping company cannot pay it on your behalf. Also, the determination of the tax is made when your car arrives which is after the point at which you have paid the particular auto transport company.

You will need to be prepared to pay the excise tax. If you are not, then your car could possibly be held by Puerto Rico until you are able to.

How can I determine my excise tax?

You can figure out what your excise tax by clicking here.

The site will be in Spanish. If you can’t read Spanish, all you will need to do is translate the page by right-clicking on the page in the browser. Then click on “Translate to English” on the menu that drops down from your cursor.

You will need to enter your vehicle’s VIN number, or you will need to enter the make, model and year. You will then be given an estimate of the fee for the tax.

It is important to note that the fee you will be expected to pay is “Estimated Arbitration” or, in Spanish “Arbitrio Estimado.”
 

How can I pay my excise tax?

You can pay your excise tax by filling out Official Excise Tax Document and paying the excise tax at 2 Avenida Juan Ponce de León, San Juan, 00917. That is the location of Hacienda Centro de Servicios.

When you get there, you will likely need cash to pay. Sometimes they accept credit cards and sometimes they don’t. They do not accept checks. Cash is the safest bet. Remember, Puerto Rico uses the US dollar as currency, so there is no need to worry about having to exchange your money first.
 

Why Puerto Rico enacted the excise tax?

Most often countries around the world will put excise taxes into effect as discouragement for using items such as tobacco and alcohol.

This is obviously not the case with the Puerto Rican import excise tax. There is no federal income tax for most Puerto Rican residents. Only those who are employed by the government or conduct business in other countries have a federal income tax in Puerto Rico.

The lack of federal income tax coupled with the on-going recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria and the economic depression Puerto Rico has been experiencing for the last thirteen years has caused a need for things like excise tax on vehicle shipping and other imports.
 

Conclusion

The Puerto Rican excise tax is something that you will need to be prepared for if you are planning to ship your car to Puerto Rico. You should get your estimate of the tax and be ready to have the cash when your vehicle arrives at the port. Don’t forget that this cost is NOT a part of the price your car shipping company will charge you.

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The cheapest flights to Puerto Rico
The most convenient flights to Puerto Rico
Tips for flying to Puerto Rico
Conclusion

 
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The cheapest flights to Puerto Rico

We always recommend that you ship your car to Puerto Rico for any sort of extended stay. Whether you do end up shipping your vehicle to Puerto Rico or not, you will need to fly there (unless you are taking a cruise).

Just like most flights, flights to Puerto Rico can be costly. However, if you do your homework, you should be able to save a decent amount of money. Use this list to help find the most inexpensive flight to Puerto Rico which matches your travel needs:

  • Hotwire – Hotwire is a world-famous travel search engine where you can find comparative pricing for flights to and from Puerto Rico. It is a subsidiary of Expedia and was first launched nineteen years ago. You can find many cheap options for flying to Puerto Rico on Hotwire.
  • Jetcost – Jetcost is another well-known travel meta search engine which was launched in 2006 and is another great option for finding inexpensive flights to Puerto Rico.
  • Momondo – Momondo was founded in 2006 and is a subsidiary of Kayak. It has been praised for its capability in finding groupings of flights that you can’t find anywhere else. It also has been said to be one of the best meta search engines for finding flights.

 

The most convenient flights to Puerto Rico

The price of your flight to Puerto Rico might not matter as much as the convenience and comfort factors. If this is the case, you will want to check out the following list:

  • Delta – Delta is likely the most recognized name in air travel around today. The company was founded almost a hundred years ago. It is the second largest airline in the world. It offers a bunch of different choices for your Puerto Rican flight needs.
  • jetBlue – jetBlue is another long-running titan is the airline industry. San Juan is one of their five “focus cities”, so they have many flight options available to Puerto Rico.
  • American Airlines – American Airlines started operating all the way back in 1936 and has long been the world’s biggest airline in terms of the number of planes, passengers and overall revenue. It is safe to say they will have many options available both comfort-wise and convenience-wise for Puerto Rican flights so long as you plan ahead.

 

Tips for flying to Puerto Rico

Your flight to Puerto Rico will likely only take between three and nine hours. It will be around three to five hours from the east coast and nine or so hours from the west coast. So, most likely, your flight will not be that long. However, you will still want to prepare for your flight so you can maximize comfort and convenience.

  • Make sure you purchase a seat with the right amount of room – Your flight won’t be outrageously long, but it will still be several hours long. You will want to make sure you don’t try and squeeze into a coach seat if you have any sort of physical limitations that require you to have additional leg space such as a back issue.
  • Be sure that you bring headphones or earplugs – Other passengers on Puerto Rican flights do typically include people on vacation and families with children. These are two groups that can, on occasion, cause some unwanted noise on a flight. You will want to be sure that you can tune out that noise if at all necessary.
  • Prepare for the Puerto Rican Climate – Be sure that your ready to step off the plane into a tropical climate. If you are traveling from a cold climate, you might be bundled up when you board the plane. However, you might want to take your coat and gloves off when you land. You could end up overheating pretty quickly and looking foolish at the same time.
  • Try to check in ahead of time – You can check in for your flight ahead of time either online or (most likely) on an app on your phone. This will help save a considerable amount of time. Contact your particular airline and ask them if this is possible.
  • Make sure that your flight will arrive before your car shipment does – If you are shipping your vehicle and your car arrives before you do, it could end up getting held at the port for an additional and expensive fee. You will want to avoid this, not only because of the money, but also because it leaves the opportunity for damage or theft to occur.

 

Conclusion

Your flight to Puerto Rico could be more complicated then you would like. Some of these things you can control with proper planning and preparation. Some, you cannot. Either way, try not to get too stressed out and enjoy your trip to Puerto Rico.

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If you ship your car to Puerto Rico and you only stay for a few weeks, you can likely get away without having to bring your car in for service while you are there. However, if you are there for any longer than that, odds are that you will need to take your car in for service at some point.

You will likely end up taking your car in for service more often than most other places. This is due to the poor road conditions in some areas as well as all the dangerous driving behavior that occurs in Puerto Rico on a regular basis.

Use the following guide to find the best auto service shops in Puerto Rico.
 

San Juan

  • The X Shop – The X Shop has been in business for over thirteen years now. They can provide detailing, wheel service, paint jobs, body work mechanical service and frame work. You can call them at (787) 763-8203.
  • El Tunel Auto Service – El Tunel Auto Service is another local auto service center that has been doing business in the San Juan area for several years now. They offer inspections, radiator service, alignments, brake service, air conditioning service and more. Call them at (787) 765-4903.
  • Reparacion Transmisiones Puerto Rico – Reparacion Transmisiones Puerto Rico is a local San Juan auto service shop that offers transmission service for multiple types of vehicles. Call ahead and make sure they service your specific type of car (787) 751-4787

 

Ponce

  • Correa Tire – Correa Tire is a trusted name serving the Ponce area. They specialize in axles, belts, brakes, diagnostics, oil changes, tire service and much more. You can contact them at (787) 812-6511.
  • TS Auto Glass and Body Parts – TS Auto Glass and Body Parts is a local Ponce auto service shop with a great reputation. They specialize in glass work but also do various types of body work. Call them for more information at 787-844-5765.
  • Pep Boys of Ponce – Pep Boys of Ponce is the Ponce location of the famous auto service chain Pep Boys. They have good online feedback and offer oil changes, tire service, air conditioning service, brake service, and more. You can get in touch with them at (787) 259-2700.

 

Carolina

  • Sky AutoWorks – Sky AutoWorks has over thirty years of combined auto service experience between all of its mechanics. They specialize in inspections, brake services, air conditioning service, mufflers oil changes and more. Call them at 787-372-7272.
  • Plavica Auto Glass Center Carolina – Plavica Auto Glass Center Carolina is an auto service shop specifically specializing in glass work. They can fix and/or install any glass or mirror you need in shop or by coming to you. Contact them at (787) 622-2020.
  • Pep Boys of Carolina – Pep Boys of Carolina is another Puerto Rican location of the famous auto service chain. This location also has good online reviews and offers tire and brake service, oil changes, air conditioning service and much more.

 

Arecibo

  • Arecibo Quick Lube – Arecibo Quick Lube is an auto service shop much like its American counterpart, Jiffy Lube. They only offer fluid services, but they do everything from oil changes to filter changes. Contact them at (787) 880-0900.
  • Plavica Auto Glass Center Arecibo – Plavica Auto Glass Center Arecibo is an auto service center that only does glass work, but they do any sort of glass work that you can imagine. They can also come to you and do the work at your current location. You can give them a call at 787-474-2166.

 

Aguadilla

  • GT Tune & Lube – GT Tune & Lube has been offering auto service in the Aguadilla area for several years now. They offer oil changes, brake service, alignments and much more. Call them at 787-891-4151.
  • Oscar Velez Servicio Euromecanio – Oscar Velez Servicio Euromecanio has been serving the Aguadilla community’s auto service needs for many years. They specialize in detailing, inspections, alignments, engine service, transmission service and more.

 

Conclusion

You will come across a lot of auto service stations and centers across Puerto Rico. However, some do not have a website or even any reviews for that matter. It is best to stick to places you can get an idea about online. That way you won’t end up getting ripped off or scammed.

You should always call ahead to make sure the particular service shop can accommodate your needs and has an appointment available for your car.

If you need to ship your car to or from Puerto Rico, then you can contact us so we can get your car to where it needs to be!

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General Information

Parking in Puerto Rico can be a bit of a nightmare sometimes. This can be complicated even further if you don’t know Spanish and can’t read the street signs.

Either way, you can make your parking experience in Puerto Rico easier if you read the following guide about the best places to park in the most popular spots.

Taxis can get expensive and often have inconsistent pricing. Rentals can be pricey as well. That’s why you should ship your car to Puerto Rico if you are staying for any sort of extended period of time.
 

Old San Juan

It is nearly impossible to find parking in the heart of Old San Juan. You could end up spending hours looking for parking and still not find one, depending on when you are looking. Although, Old San Juan is definitely a sight you will want to see when you are in Puerto Rico.

So, how can you find parking in Old San Juan?

  • Free parking on the street – if you wake up early in the morning, namely on the weekend, you should be able to find free street parking somewhere. Just be prepared to spend some time looking, to have to walk several blocks after you park and be prepared to lose your spot immediately after you move your car later on.
  • Parking Garages – these are likely your best option. They really are not that expensive, and you will have “come and go as you please” access to your vehicle.
  • Here are a few well known parking garages in Old San Juan:

    • Paseo Covadonga – located at 104 Paseo Covadonga, San Juan, Puerto Rico, you can park for only a dollar an hour. They do close during the week between midnight and 6 AM but are open twenty-four hours on the weekends.
    • Estacionamiento Doña Fela – located at Calle Recinto Sur, San Juan, this garage is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The rates are a dollar and fifty cents for the first hour and fifty cents for every additional hour after that. They also have a “nightlife special” where you can park for twelve hours from 6PM to 6 AM for only three bucks.
    • Entry off Calle Norzagaray – located in Calle Norzagaray, under Plaza del Quinto Centenario, this garage is yet another solid choice for your parking needs. It is open twenty-four hours, seven days a week. They charge two dollars for the first hour of parking, and another dollar for every hour after that.
    • La Cochera Parking Garage – located at 204 Calle de la Luna / 205 Calle San Francisco, this garage is also open twenty-four hours, seven days a week. Rates are a little more steep at five dollars for the first hour and four dollars for every hour after that.

  • Parking lots – many of these feature valet parking. They are a fairly inexpensive alternative to the stress of looking for free parking on the street.
    • La Puntilla Parking Lot – located at Calle Presidio & Paseo de la Princesa, this parking lot only charges a dollar and twenty-five cents for the first hour, followed by fifty cents every additional hour. They do, however, close at 10PM during the week.
    • Old Sheraton Hotel Lot – located at 100 Calle Brumbaugh, you can park here for a twenty-four-hour period for just under 22 dollars after taxes. Call ahead to ensure there is room for your car (787) 721-5100.

 

Isla Verde

Isla Verde is another gorgeous Puerto Rican sight that you won’t want to miss during your time in Puerto Rico. However, just like much of Puerto Rico you will likely have a difficult time finding parking here. Don’t worry though. There is easily accessible parking available here too, so long as you are willing to pay a few dollars.

So, how can you find parking in Isla Verde?

  • Free parking on the street – as this is quite a popular tourist area, finding free parking on the street is exceptionally difficult. You will need to wake up at dawn and hope there is a spot available. We don’t recommend even attempting this in this area.
  • Parking Garages – there are also a bunch of garages in this area. They are a great option because you can spend a couple bucks to have your car safe and sound in the safety of the garage while you enjoy the incredible beaches in this area.
    • 6063 Isla Verde Avenue, Carolina – located at the same address of its name, this garage is open twenty-four-hours a day and seven days a week. The rates are quite reasonable at sixteen dollars a day for the self-parking option or just over twenty-one dollars a day for the valet parking option. If you want to go with an hourly rate for shorter stays, the rate is three dollars and fifty cents for the first hour and two dollars and fifty cents for every hour after that.
    • 7012 Boca de Cangrejos Avenue, Isla Verde, Carolina – also located at the same address of its name, this garage and lot combination has a bunch of different options for you to choose from for all of your parking needs. Self-parking runs fifteen dollars a day, valet costs twenty dollars per day and hourly is three dollars per hour.
    • 6961 Ave Gobernadores, Isla Verde, Carolina – located at the same address as its name, this garage and lot combo is open twenty-four-hours and seven days a week. Self-parking costs seventeen dollars per day and valet parking costs twenty-five dollars a day. You do, however, need a reservation to park here. So, be sure to call them ahead of time at (787) 253-1700.

  • Public parking lots – these are nice and cheap and usually have many spaces available. Some are not open very late though. But, if you’re just visiting the beach, that shouldn’t pose an issue.
    • Balneario de Carolina – this lot is located just east of Pine Grove Beach along PR-187, slightly north of the San Juan International Airport. It only costs four dollars per day to park here but is only open from 8AM to 5PM on Tuesdays through Sundays.

    • 1, 3 Calle Dalia & Rt. 187, Isla Verde, Carolina – located at the same address of its name, this parking lot is open twenty-four-hours and seven-days-a-week. You can park here for the standard rate of a dollar and twenty-five cents for the first hour and seventy-five cents for every hour after that or you can pay eight dollars a day for valet parking.

 

Ocean Park Beach

This is yet another gorgeous area that you will want to make a stop at sometime during your stay in Puerto Rico. Believe it or not, parking on the street isn’t so bad here but we will go through all the available options just in case you do happen to choose a busy day to visit.

So, how can you find parking near Ocean Park Beach?

  • Free parking on the street – as we just mentioned, it is actually quite possible to find free parking on the streets in this area. In the end you will likely end up finding a spot, you might just have to end up walking for several blocks to actually get to the beach. However, if you end up driving around for over twenty minutes or more, we recommend cutting your loses and choosing one of the lots which you can read about below.
  • Free parking lots – these parking lots are scattered throughout the area:
    • One of these free lots is located on the west side of Barbosa Park near Calle Soldado Serrano.
    • There are two free parking lots on the northern side of Barbosa Park, directly across the street from the beach, near Calle General Patton.
    • There is another free parking lot on the east side of the park, at the tennis courts, over on Avenida Las Americas.

 

Isla Grande Airport

If you are looking for parking near this airport, there are some great and affordable options available. Maybe you are going on vacation somewhere for a few days, maybe you are just visiting somewhere for a night or two. Either way, the rates near this airport are very reasonable.

So, how can you find parking near Isla Grande Airport?

  • Parking at the airport – it will cost you just under nine dollars a day to park here. Be sure if your car will be there for anymore than three hours that you go with the full-day rate which will be cheaper than leaving it there with the hourly rate.
  • Other options – Estaciona Y Vuela – this park and fly will let you park for only nine dollars a day. It is also open twenty-four-hours a day and seven-days a week. It also offers the comfort of knowing that it is a high security facility which is equipped with many security cameras.

 

Condado and Puerta de Tierra

Another great area in Puerto Rico, especially for tourists, Condado and Puerta de Tierra is another must-see sight while you are in PR. This city is full of some great casinos and many other fantastic tourist attractions.

So, how can you find parking in Condado and Puerta de Tierra?

  • Parking Garages – there are a ton of parking garages here. Some are more expensive than others. However, some may offer better hours, service or security. So, be sure to do your homework.
    • Ashford Avenue right across from the Condado Plaza Hilton hotel – this parking garage is open 24/7 and has great video surveillance. The rates are three dollars and seventy five cents for the first hour and then two dollars and seventy five cents for every hour after that.
    • 999 Ashford Avenue, Condado, San Juan – this parking garage is also open twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. The rates are also three dollars and seventy-five cents for the first hour and two dollars and seventy-five cents for every additional hour after that. If you are staying at the hotel, then you can park there for less than twenty dollars a day if you please.
    • 1018 Avenida Ashford, Condado – this garage is open 24/7 and the rates are two dollars and fifty cents for the first hour then a dollar and fifty cents for every additional hour after that.
    • 1077 Ashford Avenue, Condado – this parking garage is also open twenty-four hours a day, seven days per week. Non-guests of the hotel can park in this garage for five dollars during the first hour and for four dollars for every hour after that. Hotel guests can park here for fifteen dollars per day.
    • 1309 Ashford Avenue, Condado – the hours here are 24/7. However, the hourly rate is pretty steep at almost nine dollars per hour. It’s much cheaper as a guest at only eighteen dollars per day.
    • 1369 Ashford Avenue, Condado – this garage is open 24/7. The hourly rate can get fairly expensive though. For non-guests of the hotel the rate is eight dollars for the first hour but only four dollars per hour after that. Hotel guests will only have to pay just under thirteen dollars per day for parking.

 

General parking tips for Puerto Rico

  • If you are parking on the street, make sure you only park next to curbs with no coloring. A blue curb means it is a handicapped spot, a red curb means it is a fire zone and a yellow curb means that it is a taxi pick-up and drop off only.
  • If you use metered parking, make sure to keep your meter fed. The fine for an expired meter is thirty five dollars and parking enforcement can be vigiliant.
  • Metered parking is marked with white and yellow signs that read “Estacionamiento Pagando Metro”.
  • Remember, you must wake up as early as possible if you want to have any chance of getting any free street parking. Even if you do go out early looking for parking, there is a chance that you might not get any.

 

Conclusion

Parking in the various areas of Puerto Rico can be pretty confusing and difficult. There are never any guarantees that you will find free parking along any streets. However, you should always keep a look out for parking lots and garages. Many of these are quite affordable as well. Some lots may even be free of charge.

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Traffic sign translations

You are likely already aware of this, but the primary language spoken in Puerto Rico is Spanish. In fact, even though English is considered one of the official languages along with Spanish, ninety five percent of the population uses Spanish in everyday life. As a result, all of the traffic signs are in Spanish too. You’ll need to be able to read these signs if you want to have the safest and easiest driving experience possible after shipping your car to Puerto Rico.

You might be able to decipher what a sign means by the actual design. For example, a “Do Not Enter” sign looks exactly the same as it does in the United States, except for the wording of “No Entre”. Either way though, it can only help to know the following when you are out on the road in Puerto Rico:

autopista — highway / expressway

calle — street

carratera — road

carril derecho — right lane

carril izquierda — left lane

ceda — yield

cuidado — caution

estacióne — parking

este — east

hacia — toward

interseción — junction – can also frequently be see abbreviated as INT

no estacióne — no parking – a large letter “E” with a slash through it also means “no parking”

norte — north

oeste — west

pare — stop

peaje — toll

salida — exit

solo — only

sur — south

transito — You will see this word accompanied by an arrow. This tells you whether traffic flow is one-way or both ways on a road.
 

Quick tips

  • Gasoline is priced by the liter. A liter is a little more than a quarter of a gallon. If you know you need to pump gas and you need ten gallons, you will need to pump just under forty liters. Before you pump your gas, you will need to pay. So, enter the store and pay the clerk for however many liters you need. Thankfully, the currency is the US dollar, so you won’t need to do any conversions there.
  • If you are using the road signs to keep track of the distance to a location, be aware that these distances will be in kilometers, not miles. One kilometer is between half and three quarters of a mile. Ten kilometers is just over six miles.
  • Try not to look for parking in densely populated city areas. It’s almost never available on the street. Instead look for parking garages and decks where you can pay to keep your car for a few hours or for the day.
  • Do not use lanes marked with a “T” because those are for AutoExpreso tag holders only. If you do use these lanes without the AutoExpreso tag, you will be fined. This is essentially the Puerto Rican version of EZ-Pass. If you are moving to Puerto Rico, it would make sense to get one of these tags, so you can use those lanes. You can find out more information here.

 

Conclusion

Driving in Puerto Rico can seem very confusing and frustrating at times. This is mainly because most people there accept driving laws merely as suggestions instead of hard rules and drive as such. There isn’t much you can do about that either except to be aware of it and be on the lookout.

However, you can make your life easier by knowing the traffic signs and how to read them. A little bit of study will go a long way for improving your driving experience in Puerto Rico.

You have enough to worry about with your Puerto Rican move or excursion, let us worry about the auto transport for you – call us today at 904-322-7644!

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You should ship your car for extended stays in Puerto Rico
Rentals can be tricky and public transportation can be unreliable
How Puerto Rico Car Transport can help you get your car to Puerto Rico safely and in time for your trip

 
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Shipping your car seems like it might be a daunting task for many people when they are visiting a place like Puerto Rico for only a few months. This is especially the case when they consider that they can just rent a car when they get there, buy and sell a cheap car during their stay or use public transportation.

Renting a car is a viable option, but only for a short stay for a few days or weeks. Using public transportation technically could work but it’s much more inconvenient and inconsistent compared to having your own vehicle. Buying and selling a car is really never worth the trouble and loss of money for a short stay.

Shipping your car is the best option for an extended stay or even a complete move. It’s much easier than you think, and you will likely end up saving money and stress during the process.
 

You should ship your car for extended stays in Puerto Rico

As previously stated, shipping your car is the way to go for any sort of extended stay or move that is longer than a couple of weeks in a country that’s overseas. Just having the comfort and peace of mind of having your own car alone makes it work the price of auto shipping. This way you won’t have to worry about storing your car somewhere in the United States while you’re gone which could easily get costly or about having someone look after it which could prove undependable.
 

Rentals can be tricky and public transportation can be unreliable

Rentals can be costly. Anything more than two weeks really starts to add up as far as the rental’s expense. You’ll be at the mercy of the policies of the rental company you choose as well. Also, you’ll need to get used to an entirely different car in an entirely different country with different laws and regulations regarding traffic. You’ll want to keep things at least semi-familiar by having a car that you’re accustomed to.

Public transportation is as reliable and convenient in Puerto Rico as it is here in the United States. It’s not very much of either. Buses can run late, and cabs can be expensive depending on the discretion of the driver.

Trying to buy and then sell a car before you leave will generally cost at least as much as shipping a car. It’s much harder buying and selling a car in a foreign country as well. Listing it online will yield fewer leads and dealing with potential buyers or sellers is considerably more difficult unless you are fluent in the most widely used native language (Spanish in Puerto Rico’s case). Also, it could be a complete disaster if you don’t find a buyer in time before you leave which will force you to abandon the car for a complete loss, yikes!
 

How Puerto Rico Car Transport can help you get your car to Puerto Rico safely and in time for your trip

Puerto Rico Car Transport can allow you to rest easy knowing that your car will be shipped safely and when you need it. The pricing is quite reasonable, and the professionals involved in getting your car to its destination are extremely experienced shipping vehicles to and from Puerto Rico.

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Tougher Driving in Puerto Rico
Popular destinations and directions
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When you’re visiting or moving to Puerto Rico, especially for the first time, it can be a harrowing experience to figure out and get used to how the driving experience differs from other countries. You will also want to make the most of your trip and see all the incredible sights without struggling to find them. Prepare yourself for what’s to come with this handy guide to driving and sight-seeing in Puerto Rico.
 

Tougher Driving

Driving laws in Puerto Rico tend to be accepted as more of a suggestion than anything else. Frequently, people run red lights and stops signs. People will stop in the middle of the road and get out of their car and walk into a store or up to a fruit stand. Some will even turn right, across traffic, all the way from the left lane. You occasionally see these things wherever you drive in the world but it’s extremely commonplace in Puerto Rico.

You’ll also see many more speed bumps on smaller roads. They aren’t just in parking lots or high pedestrian areas either. Some people have reported, during a short trip of less than a mile, hitting over twenty speed bumps in random locations. You’ll also end up encountering a lot of potholes as well.

Don’t count on being able to use your GPS or GPS based driving aps either. Many addresses of business have been logged online under false addresses for one reason or another. So, your GPS likely won’t be able to take you to where you’re going. Your best bet is to verify the address of wherever you’re going through several sources before you do go.

You’ll also see police and other emergency vehicles constantly driving around with their lights on. This is essentially their reaction to the perpetual dense traffic and constant rowdy driving habits many people exhibit there. They are only pulling someone over or on their way to a call if their siren is on as well.

Finally, be ready for a considerable amount of animal crossings. From chickens to horses many animals roam free and will cross the road without hesitation.
 

Regardless of the experience you have driving, Puerto Rico is an incredible place to visit with a rich culture, amazing people and many beautiful sights to see. From Old San Juan to the breath-taking beaches, these spots make some frustration in traffic completely worth it.

For directions to any of these great spots, click the link below each write up and enter your current location, Google Maps will take you the rest of the way!

  • Vieques

    – One of the best places to visit in PR due to the lack of big chain hotels or local structures, Vieques is a great place to spend a nice relaxing day at an amazing beach. It’s also known for its breath-taking glowing water on certain nights due to some of the ocean life’s occasional phosphorescence.

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  • Isla Culebra (Culebra Island)

    – With some of the best coral reefs in the world, Isla Culebra has no shortage of wonder to observe. It’s also another gorgeous yet quiet and quaint beach where you can really remove yourself from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just enjoy the ivory sand and bright blue water.

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  • Luquillo Beach

    – Gold sand and calm tranquil water characterize Luquillo beach well. It has food vendors and new restrooms and is a short trip from El Yunque National Forest.

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  • Rio Camuy Caves

    – Covering over two hundred and fifty acres and going over two hundred feet deep into the ground, the Rio Camuy Caves are one of the less traditional yet most interesting attractions in Puerto Rico. These caves feature incredible rock formations and underground rivers.

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  • Isla Verde

    – Much closer to a traditional American beach than any of the others on this list, Isla Verde is still a relaxing and beautiful stop during your Puerto Rican excursion. The best part of this beach is it’s proximity to several other Puerto Rican attractions such as Old San Juan.

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  • El Yunque National Forest

    – A gorgeous tropical rainforest located along the Luquillo Mountains, El Yunque National Forest is a must-see stop for your Puerto Rican excursion. It boasts hundreds of different types of wildlife as well as lush plant life and several waterfalls.

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  • San Juan Viejo (Old San Juan)

    – For years, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Puerto Rico, Old San Juan is a mesmerizing sight of beauty and history. It’s over five hundred years old and has several forts as well as the San Juan Cathedral.

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Conclusion

Part of your experience in Puerto Rico might be marred by some unfortunate driving experiences. Don’t worry though, it will be worth it when you visit some of the incredible places from the list above. Keep in mind that those are only some of the amazing places you can visit in Puerto Rico too! Don’t take our word for it either, go and visit.

For any other information you might need you can always visit the Puerto Rican Tourism site. If you need your car shipped there, you can always give us a call at 904-322-7644.

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Auto transport to Puerto Rico 101

What will it cost me to ship my car to Puerto Rico?

Are there any different requirements from regular car shipping?

How long will it take to ship my car to Puerto Rico?

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Most people generally tend to worry about the same things when they ship their car from country to country as they do when they ship their car from state to state. However, there’s a lot more at play when shipping your car to a completely different country like Puerto Rico.

First of all, your car won’t be shipping just by land, it will also be shipping by sea. Also, when you have a different country in play, you will be dealing with two sets of regulations for shipping your vehicle. This causes the potential for complications to occur during your shipment.

Don’t worry though, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you prepare to ship a car to Puerto Rico with ease.
 

Auto transport to Puerto Rico 101

Fortunately, Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States. So, the amount of differing regulations is at a minimum. One of the only primary differences is that your car will be shipping on land and on the sea.

If you have an antique or high-end luxury vehicle you could also opt for air transport from the United States to Puerto Rico but this will cost you a considerable additional fee.
 

What will it cost me to ship my car to Puerto Rico?

This will vary depending on several factors:

  • As is the case with car shipping within the US, distance will play a factor in your shipping cost.
  • The make and model will also factor into your shipping cost.
  • Whether or not you choose to drive to a central hub or port versus having your car picked up at your location will play a role in your final cost.
  • The time of year during which you ship your vehicle will also be a part of determining your overall cost. This is because the price of fuel and availability of carriers varies throughout the year.
  • Whether or not you choose any sort of specialized options for your shipment such as expedited shipping or air transport will factor into the price.

As a frame of reference, shipping an average car from New York to San Juan with the car being picked up from your location will cost a little over $2,000. You can save on the cost of the ground transport by driving your car to the nearest approved hub or port yourself.

Be aware, that on the boat during the sea portion of your shipment, your car will be in a shipping container. This is usually not an issue price-wise as it’s automatically factored into the quotes and final pricing. However, if you have a much larger vehicle that won’t fit into the container your cost to ship will be higher to account for the additional accommodations.
 

Are there any different requirements from regular car shipping?

There are a couple. You will need a Certificate of Conformity. This is a document that shows that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has deemed that the vehicle has been held to certain emission standards in the past. This lets the country that the car is being shipped to know that the vehicle is environmentally safe and won’t cause a higher than normal level of pollution. If you are shipping your car directly from a manufacturer (and the car is new – not used), you likely will not need this form.

You will also very likely not be able to ship any additional items as this could cause an issue at either port. So, to avoid a thorough customs inspection of your vehicle, ship your personal goods another way.

Be sure to talk to your auto transport company to discuss any specific requirements that might be in effect during the time of your shipment.
 

How long will it take to ship my car to Puerto Rico?

Just as with cost, this will depend on a few things. The overall distance that you are transporting your vehicle being the main factor. In general, expect your car shipment to Puerto Rico to take between one and three weeks.

The additional time that it will take to ship your vehicle is, mostly, because of the additional coordination between ground transport and ocean transport. There is also the fact that document processing will take a longer time for international shipments such as the US to Puerto Rico.
 

Conclusion

So, there are mild differences in several areas to be aware of when shipping your car to Puerto Rico. The price will be higher than it would if you were shipping somewhere in the continental US. It will take longer than a domestic auto shipment. Finally, you will also need some additional documentation such as the Certificate of Conformity from the EPA.

However, it’s mostly the same preparation that goes into more traditional auto shipping. Your tank should be a quarter full (no more, no less), you should make sure the exterior of the vehicle is clean prior to shipment, you should have the normal documentation ready (license, proof of ownership, insurance etc) and everything else that normally precedes your vehicle shipment.

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