Curacao is one of the few countries in the world without a legal blood-alcohol limit, which may incite others to relax and take chances with drinking and driving. If you are renting a car in Curacao, this practice is not recommended; it is always a smart move to have an additional driver to take the wheel if you have been drinking.
Once you rent a car in Curacao, be aware that it is illegal to make right turns at red traffic lights and stop signs; furthermore, you should be wary of driving outside the city at night because of poorly lit roads and areas where the absence of street signs is somewhat common, which can hamper GPS signals and make it difficult to navigate.
In the capital city of Willemstad, there are parking spaces with meters for parking your vehicle, but the rates are very high, about 28 ANG (15 USD) every 15m. The good thing is that parking is free daily after 6:00 pm in the city. Also, there is a free parking lot in Waaigat that is open 24/7, if you prefer not to pay the metered rate.
For those wishing to explore the island of Curacao by car, try the Weg Naar Westpunt, which you can pick up west of Curacao International Airport and use to travel due north all the way up to Sabana Westpunt. This road is the main artery on the island, connecting north and central Curacao. If you wish to travel south towards Willemstad, you’ll have to use local roads to get there.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Curaçao are National (10.0, 2 reviews), Enterprise (9.9, 3 reviews), and Alamo (8.7, 6479 reviews).
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If you rent a car in Curacao, you will drive on the right side of the road. Everyone riding in the car must wear a seatbelt, regardless of age; furthermore, it is illegal to drive with a child under 12 years old in the passenger seat. For tourists, a valid US driver’s license alone is sufficient to operate a rental car.
For most companies, you need to be at least 21 years old with 2 years of experience to rent a car in Curacao, though with some companies, like National, you have to be 23 or older (maximum age 70 with Sixt). Drivers under the age of 25 will incur a fee, which varies among companies and is based on the type of car selected; but if you are traveling with someone older who drives, then this fee can be avoided.
According to the most recent data on fuel prices in Curacao, the price for a liter of petrol is about 2.05 ANG (1.08 USD); about 4.10 USD per gallon. Diesel sells for about 1.58 ANG (0.96 USD) per liter, and a gallon will cost about 3.66 USD. Petrol stations are few and far between, so it’s a good idea to manage your fuel consumption and to fill up periodically.
In Curacao you are only allowed to drive at 45 km/h (about 28 mph) in heavily populated areas, but speeds up to 80 km/h (about 50 mph) are permitted in sparsely populated areas. Highway traffic must adhere to similar speed conditions unless otherwise indicated. There are no speed cameras currently in use; however, police are known to set speed traps, so stick to the limits.
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last hours. Hires are subject to change and may not be available on all hire cars listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the hire cars providers' sites.