Curacao Car Rental
Curacao's irresistible charm comes from the blending of overwhelming natural beauty, Caribbean spirit, and quirky European styling. Whether you plan to toast yourself on the beach, go snorkeling in the pristine coral reefs, or explore the picturesque villages that dot the island, a rental car is the best way to squeeze the most into your visit.
Where to Find Cheap Car Rentals: Curacao’s Best Options
Most people who rent a car in Curacao pick up their vehicle either at Curacao International Airport or at one of the cruise terminals, but there are plenty of rental car locations all around the island.
It pays to check out reviews before you book, as there are also plenty of local agencies with good ratings, where you might track down especially cheap car rental. Curacao businesses love tourists, and are often happy to haggle.
Renting a Car at Curacao Airport or Cruise Piers
The Curacao Airport offers five internationally-recognized rental agencies: Alamo, Thrifty, Avis, Budget, Sixt, Dollar, Hertz and National. The airport is so small you won’t have any trouble finding the rental facilities.
There’s an Avis counter at Mega Pier, where the biggest cruise ship docks. It’s also a 10 minute walk from downtown Curacao, including the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, where you’ll find another Avis office. Budget also has a location at the Renaissance near the cruise piers.
The major chains each have several locations on Curacao, and the local companies also offer excellent service and competitive prices. If you’re looking for a discount car rental, Curacao agencies include Youbi Rent A Car and Prins Car Rental at Jan Noorduynweg 36; Vista Rent-A-Car at Schottegatweg Oost 8; Sagitario Car Rental at Winston Churchillweg 102-C; Ruiz Car Rental at Wilhemminalaan 11; and Noordstar Rent A Car at Reigerwed 24.
Getting Ready to Drive in Curacao
If you’re coming from North America, you’ll be relieved to know that cars in Curacao drive on the right! Speed limits are in kilometers and gas prices are in liters, though, so prepare for a few simple calculations.
You shouldn’t have any trouble deciphering road signs, but getting around can be confusing if you’re not local, as most places seem to be stingy with street signs, so it’s worth your time to download a Curacao map to your GPS.
For the most part, the island’s roads are good, though they become very slippery in the rain. Reduce your speed accordingly in wet weather. Drivers here can either be extremely relaxed or a bit fast and loose, so just go with the flow. You should also always to be prepared to brake: goats, dogs, and lots of wildlife all have a habit of popping up when you least expect it.
What to Look for When Parking in Curacao
Parking is generally inexpensive around Curacao. Some attractions offer both paid and free parking options. Curacao car rental companies often recommend that you choose the paid option as it usually includes a security presence. The additional peace of mind is worth the small fee, especially in more remote areas.
A drive on the wild side: Curacao road trips
Christoffelpark is the largest National Park and nature reserve in Curacao. It is home to many rare and beautiful species of flora and fauna. You can drive along the through roads on a personal safari, hike one of the eight incredible trails, and learn about the island’s complex history at Savonet Museum.
Curacao was once considered a highly strategic island, and the local Dutch colonists never felt quite secure. As a consequence, they built many forts. Eight have survived until today, and several now enjoy new lives as shops and restaurants, while other have been painstakingly preserved. Fort Amsterdam, A UNESCO Heritage Site, is the most important, but they’re all worth a visit, so take a day to wander from one to the next.