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Car rental at Santa Maria Huatulco Airport

Driver's age: 26-65
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Top tips for renting a car at Santa Maria Huatulco airport

  • Although there are public buses that arriving passengers can use to commute from Santa Maria Airport (HUX) to the city center, getting a car rental at Santa Maria Airport offers a safe, convenient, and comfortable way of exploring Huatulco. With taxis and buses, you might have to wait at the airport terminal, as they pick up travelers at intervals. With a rental, you have the freedom to choose where, when, how frequently, and who to bring along since you’re in control of your schedule and places to visit. For this reason, driving around in a rental car is easier and most convenient, allowing you to explore the town like a local.
  • While a car rental at Santa Maria Airport offers you the convenience of hiring a vehicle right at the airport, you’ll still need to be aware of the speed limits, among other traffic rules. For example, you are not supposed to exceed 6 mph in crowded streets, school zones, parking lots, and residential areas. Unless posted otherwise, the maximum speed limit of major highways within the city is 62 mph, which increases to 68 mph upon leaving the city.
  • Your Santa Maria Airport car rental will usually charge a premium location surcharge (PLS) because you’re booking the car at the airport. One surefire strategy of avoiding extra rental fees is to purchase extra auto-insurance coverage from your preferred rental operator. That way, you won’t be bombarded with steep PLS, and you reduce your insurance deductible in case you cause an accident or damage the car.
  • Are you planning on visiting Oaxaca using your rental car? It’s worth noting that some of the road winds and curves, while others may have sharp corners. If you are traveling alone or with not more than four passengers, a compact or minivan will be a better option since they are good for maneuvering curves and sharp corners—especially if you plan to take long trips.
  • Book your rental car at Santa Maria Huatulco airport at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car at Santa Maria Huatulco airport

  • Can I rely on my credit or debit card to cover my rental car insurance at Santa Maria Airport?

    It wouldn’t be the best idea to rely on your credit card company to cater for your rental damages unless they provide you a policy that can guarantee their commitment to settling the fees with your rental agency (preferably in Spanish). Typically, your card provider won’t cover damage costs, and even if they do, they’ll reimburse the funds after a while. That means that you'll have to cater for the charges from your personal account unless they issue a confirmation that they’ll settle the matter with your car rental at Santa Maria Airport.

  • Is it better to rent a car in person after arriving at Santa Maria Airport?

    Understandably, you want to book your preferred car in advance online so that you find it waiting for you at the airport. Here’re some benefits of booking the vehicle online. Even after booking online with KAYAK, you have a one-on-one conversation with the rental agent at the counter, so you can take care of any uncertainties and rent with confidence.

  • What requirements must I satisfy to rent a car at Santa Maria Airport?

    Any passengers wanting to obtain a vehicle from a car rental at Santa Maria Airport must be 21 years and over. However, renters below 25 years may be subjected to an underage surcharge. Travelers wishing to use rentals must also produce a valid driver’s license held for at least two years, but that may vary, depending on your chosen rental agent. Additionally, you must have a credit card bearing your name, with sufficient funds to cover the rental contract. Those from outside the country will have to show proof of identity, such as a passport.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Santa Maria Huatulco airport?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Santa Maria Huatulco airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Avis, Europcar, and Hertz.

Santa Maria Huatulco Airport car rental reviews and directory

Avis

5.5

Best rated

Cleanliness

5.5

Comfort

5.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.5

Value for money

5.5

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Carr.#200 Pinotepa Salina Cruz

+52 958 581 9233

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
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2.0 Poor

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Soon after renting the car one of the tires went flat. The local office of Avis in Huatulco Mexico did not have a replacement tire, so we could not use the car for 24 hours. The next day at the garage the tire was found to have a small leak along the outer wall of the tire. Our view is that it was already there when we rented the car. The Avis representative said that they would not take responsibility, and that we had to pay for a new tire (they would not accept putting a patch). Outrageous. They then charged us a late return fee for a full day for bringing in the car 45 minutes late. There had been an accident 200m in front of the airport, and no cars could enter for 1.5 hours. My company has been renting from Avis for years, but it is clear that some of their agents in non-US countries are greedy and short-term thinking about customer service. Be wary of Avis in Mexico.

2.0 Poor

Apr 2023

KAYAK
We had to change our reservation at the last minute because they didn't have the size car we needed and reserved online so we had to switch to their sister agency who did have an SUV big enough, but we were only refunded $35 of our $150 deposit and the remainder wasn't applied to our new reservation. That's not right, they didn't have the car we reserved, we couldn't fit 6 people and surfboards into the car they had, we should be refunded the total we paid.

1 out of 1

Alamo

4.7

Mediocre

10 reviews

Cleanliness

5.5

Comfort

5.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.7

Value for money

4.7

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Huatulco Aeropuerto, Carretera

+52 958 581 9134

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
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2.0 Poor

Apr 2024

KAYAK
The sales guys could have not tried to rip us off, and when we told them we didn’t need insurance they could have just treated the car. Instead told us they could do a deal if we paid some in cash.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Check-out and Check-in were faster than in the past when I have rented in Mexico (I have waited more than an hour at other companies).

Cons:

You have to authorize a giant deposit on your credit card when you rent in Mexico. This is not specific to Alamo. I also wish they had the electronic devices for check-in so you don't have to bring your paper agreement and then have then find your record on the computer.

6.4 Okay

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was clean.

Cons:

Clerks didn't speak english. At first they tried to put me in an economy car (a 2-door tiny Spark) when I told them I got a Standard car. They couldn't understand, so I showed them a picture of my confirmation that clearly showed a 4-door standard car. Finally they got me the correct car. At checkout they Kept wanting to charge me insurance that cost more than the rental cost of the car. wanted to charge me extra for everything. When I said no, they said they had to put a $3000 hold on my credit card.

2.0 Poor

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

When we arrived agent said there were no guarantees about car availability and sure enough they had no cars available. We had to go without a car in Mexico making our trip difficult to get around.

2.0 Poor

Jan 2022

KAYAK
My flight was 35 minutes late. They had given away my car. I even called that morning to confirm and told them which flight I was on.

1.9 Poor

Aug 2021

KAYAK
They didn’t have a car for me when I arrived. So I was unable to rent the car I reserved through Kayak.

1 out of 2

Hertz

3.9

Cleanliness

3.6

Comfort

4.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

3.9

Value for money

3.9

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Carr. Costera Salina Km237

+52 800 709 5000

Monday00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 23:59
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8.0 Very good

Dec 2021

KAYAK
It was fast and easy to rent the car.

2.0 Poor

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

I’ve rented vehicles in Mexico many times however Huatulco Airport has a racket going. It is a fairly isolated airport so it is fairly difficult that obtain other options besides car rental or taxi. We had a reservation with hertz for 5 days for approximately $230. I realize they always try to add insurance on and expect a little more expensive however they tried to charge me $761. He told me it was bc I was 1 hour early and the other rental agency’s didn’t have cars right them either. We went to the other ones as well but the charges were nearly the same. There were several angry customers walking around as well and two would say out load to not use them as they were trying to scam them too. Needless to say we got a taxi instead.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

1. Rude and unsympathetic staff. 2. Was provided with a 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer whose battery drained while parked on the side of an isolated road in Oaxaca while the radio and emergency lights were on for only 30 minutes. I had to flag a passer-by to start-jump the vehicle, a major inconvenience. 3. The quoted price thru Kayak differed from the actual price by 4.5%, the commission for using a credit card. Aren't most cars rented using a CC? What a ripoff.

2.0 Poor

Jan 2023

KAYAK
There was no car available when I arrived.

2.0 Poor

Dec 2021

KAYAK
Got there and was told the vehicle I rented was not available, they downsized me and charged me more as if they were doing me a favor. Also the car insurance is a scan, because I had to get a different coverage because the one I reserved was NOT valid.

2.0 Poor

Nov 2021

KAYAK
There were no cars upon my arrival to the rental car location despite confirming the evening before. They said there would be no cars for a few more hours. They gave no explanation and were extremely unhelpful. Will never rent again with hertz

1 out of 3

Europcar

2.2

Cleanliness

3.5

Comfort

2.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

3.1

Value for money

1.9

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Carretera Costera Pinotepa

+52 958 100 4097

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2.0 Poor

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Price was quoted in CAD, when I picked up the car the price was in USD. There's a big difference between 500cad and 500usd.

7.6 Good

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was fine, staff were pleasant and efficient

Cons:

I was to be charged $96 Canadian and my initial email confirmation stated this. Subsequent emails from europcar quoted the rate at $96 USD. A small difference but not insignificant. As usual in Mexico, the amount after all the mandatory fees was about $700USD.

2.0 Poor

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

It is a total scam . Pick was a nightmare price was triple . Returned car 3 days early because it was a not running well . They wouldn't refund any money noy even insurance . Do not go there. They won't give u a car with your credit card insurance . U have to pay there overpriced insurance.

2.4 Poor

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

I reserved a car three weeks in advance of the pick up date, but when we showed up, they insisted that they did not have a car available for us. I argued with the counterman for 30 minutes since my destination in Puerto Escondido was an hour away, and even brought over a person from AVIS next door to interpret for me. Finally they brought me out to a car in the parking lot, and rented it to me. When I first reserved the car, I called the home office in the UK to verify what the final price with insurance included would be, and was told $107 for the car, and $97 for the insurance, for a total of $204. I would have rented from another company but it was the holiday week and all other companies were reserved 100%. Once they finally "found" a car for me, the price was now $242.00, take it or leave it. I will never rent from Europacar again.

6.8 Okay

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice car

Cons:

They tried to nickel & dime me by telling me the car I reserved was getting an oil change, so I could upgrade for ONLY $6.00 more a day. I said I would wait for the car to be returned from the oil change. Than after a ten minute wait I was given the bigger car, that I really didn't want. Those kind of tactics leave a bad taste in my mouth. FdeK

2.0 Poor

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

They claimed eurocar did not recognize credit card additional coverage nor personal auto insurance. As such, they required me to pirchasr their required minimal insurance, which tripled my rate. I went next door to hertz, who treated me great. Hertz said the rental car agencies their work off of commission so they charge what they want and say what ever they want.

1 out of 4

Fox

2.0

Cleanliness

5.0

Comfort

5.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

3.0

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Huatulco airport

+52 958 581 9094

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2.0 Poor

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Terrible customer service. Long wait. They charged me the entire price of the rental just for 5 liters of gas when the tank was already full. They are running a scam here. Also tried to charge me for a broken trunk lock when there was photo evidence it was broken before renting.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
It’s a scam, they rent for triple the price and they ask you to buy insurance that doesn’t even cover you in Mexico

1 out of 1

keddy by Europcar

2.0

Poor

No reviews available

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

2.0

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Carretera Costera Pinotepa-Salina

+52 612 122 3107

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Economy Rent a Car

4.5

Mediocre

No reviews available

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Manzana 06 Lote 01

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CarWiz

3.4

Poor

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Carretera Costera Salina Cruz Km 237 , El Zapote

+52 958 581 9233

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Deal Mobility Rent a Car

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Ctra. Costera Pinotepa - Salina Cruz Km. 237, Col. El Zapote, Santa María Huatulco, Oaxaca.

+52 958 100 4097

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Fox Autorent

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Huatulco Airport HUX

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Shouqi

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Carretera Costera Pinotepa

+86 10 6064 1387

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Sunnycars

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Carretera Costera Salina Cruz km 237

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37 travelers who rented a car in Santa Maria Huatulco Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 3.6

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