|You may see places offering Jeeps or VW convertibles for $10.00 a day in Puerto Vallarta, but be forewarned; these deals are usually contingent on you to attending a timeshare presentation to get the cheap rate.
Many of the large international chains of rental car agencies have offices in Puerto Vallarta.
Most of the hotels offer a rental car service or have an agency in the hotel. Often, you can reserve a rental car over the internet before you arrive, and pick it up at the airport, saving you taxi fares and the headaches of shopping for a good agency.
If you plan on driving in Mexico, it is important that you contact your insurance agent to see what they recommend, and if they cover any accidental damages in Mexico. It is also a good idea to pay for your car rental with an established credit card as they may offer some insurance or extra coverage. Be sure to check with your credit card company. No matter what, don’t go anywhere without insurance!
You should also be aware that driving in Vallarta, as in any foreign country can be dangerous and perplexing, especially when turn lanes and turn signals are unfamiliar. For some unknown reason, drivers will usually move to the right of two lanes when they plan to make a left turn… across traffic; go figure! Many drivers use their turn signal, if they use them at all, when they want to pass you; when they want you to pass them, or when they are going to turn. Your guess is as good as any! And if you see four-way flashers on…stay well clear. It usually means stay away. I don’t know what I am doing! You’ll usually find that the only reliable signal is the good old fashioned hand signal.
Parking is difficult to find in most of the downtown areas. More and more people own cars in Mexico, leaving less space for parking in populated areas. For some, it may be more economical and less stressful to take the bus or a taxi.