On our sister’s weekend in Puerto Rico, outside of finding a hotel, the question of transportation came up. Since we wanted to explore the area, we decided to rent. Upon arrival to San Juan International Airport, we were upgraded from a Hyundai Accent to a 2017 Kia Sportage. Read more about the Kia Sportage and how we used it to explore San Juan during our stay in Puerto Rico.

2017 Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage we received was in the color Burnished Copper. It didn’t come with navigation, but we were able to sync our phones easily via Bluetooth getting directions for our destinations. It had a comfortable interior and there was more than enough space for our luggage and purchases throughout the trip. Most of our driving was via highway and in the three full days, we barely used 1/2 a tank of gas. The Kia Sportage has a fuel economy of 21 city/26 highway. I must mention that there isn’t a handle to pull when opening the gas door; just press the “unlock” button on the driver’s door handle.

kia sportage interior

Exploring San Juan in the Kia Sportage

 

The Kia Sportage is equipped with the Dynamax™ all-wheel drive system senses and adjusts traction for changing road and weather conditions. This was extremely helpful since Old San Juan has a lot of cobblestone and hilly roads. It was also hurricane season and while we didn’t experience a lot of rain, we were able to have good control of the SUV when driving under those conditions.

kia sportage exterior

Day 1 – Visiting Old San Juan

Our hotel room had a refrigerator so we drove the Kia Sportage to a local Walgreens for snacks and drinks. Shortly after, we ate lunch at Lupi’s Mexican Grill & Sports Cantina sharing an appetizer sampler to hold us until dinner. 

Lupi's Restaurant

After lunch, we drove to Old San Juan to visit Castillo San Felipe del Morro, part of San Juan National Historic Site. The entry fee was surprisingly $5 and good until the following Thursday as long as we still kept the receipt. We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the fort, enjoying the views and learning about its use during the colonial era.

el morrow map
el Morro Entrance

View from el morro

Day 2 – Bacardi Distillery and Nightlife at La Placita

My sister’s coworker encouraged us to eat Mofongo, so before heading to the Casa Bacardi Distillery, we had lunch at La Cueva del Mar in Old San Juan. The drive to the distillery was about 20 minutes and I loved that it was so interactive. Having been on a distillery tour in Puerto Plata it was a HUGE difference. Our tickets included a tour guide, video viewing about Bacardi  history, replicas of the original buildings, rum tasting and more. I wasn’t able to drink, but my sister said it was good.

bacardi drink

mofongo

After a quick nap, we went to La Placita to check out the nightlife. Seeing that it was mostly live music and bar crawls, we didn’t stay long after dinner. We also got to check out Club Brava which was literally around the corner from our hotel.

Day 3 – Sunday Beach Day

Our last full day driving the Kia Sportage was spent driving to La Concha for Sunday beach day. Leave it to mother nature to have it rain on our last day, we didn’t get to go in the water, but still enjoyed relaxing sand side. When heading back to the hotel, I was also able to catch a beautiful picture of the sunset on PR-26.
la concha beach

sunset in Puerto Rico

From the space to gas usage and convenience, our overall experience with the 2017 Kia Sportage was great. For the amount of things we did, having a rental was a smart choice. Had my sister been more adventurous, we would’ve visited El Yunque for a nice hike. There’s always next time. The starting price for the 2017 Kia Sportage is $22,990Visit your local Kia dealer or visit Kia.com for more information.

2017 kia sportage

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13 comments on “Exploring San Juan in the Kia Sportage”

  1. Yeah! We rented a car in Houston last year and we got the Kia Sportage 2016! Awesome to drive and the gas mileage was great too. I absolutely adore San Juan even though it’s been a while since l’ve been. You had an awesome time l know 🙂

  2. I have never driven a Kia, but they look like cool cars to drive. I’ll have to keep this in mind the next time we have to rent a car. Your trip looked amazing, I have to put San Juan on my vacation list.

  3. I have not driven a Kia vehicle before but I went to San Juan for the New Year and had an epic time. There were definitely some moments in which I thought about renting a car but the parking in OSJ was terrible! lol I couldn’t help but notice that the drivers in San Juan were pretty patient! I hardly heard any horns honking. So different from the States.

  4. While we were able to get around town by Uber while in San Juan, I would’ve loved a car. This Kia seemed like he perfect car for the trip especially with the gas mileage.

  5. I love a car that can save on gas. I enjoyed Puerto Rico when I went a couple of years ago. We went to El Yunque and we went salsa dancing. I must go back as i only had a short amount of before i went on a cruise.

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