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Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the good times. When you’re ready to roll deep in San Antonio, you’ll find a city bursting with history, music, and delicious food set on a scenic river with views for days. It’s a big ol’ serving of (BBQ) saucy excitement around these parts.

And the best way to check all the must-do boxes on your itinerary? Hop in the best car rental in San Antonio—that you got for wildly-wild-southwest cheap—and hit the Lone Star State scene. On your schedule.

Not sure where to San Antoni-go first? Here are some Texas-sized big ideas.

What’s the Plan Antonio?

Go Mess with Texas: Having a car rental in San Antonio, Texas is the best way to explore. But what’s even better? Day trippin’ it up to nearby Texas hot spots. First on the list is Canyon Lake—it’s 45 minutes away and the best place in Texas to catch the sunset (and hang on the water). Keep the wet ’n’ wild fun going in San Marcos (50 minutes away), where you can rent tubes and cruise down the San Marcos River in rubbery style. If you’re in the mood for the best barbecue in the country, make the hour drive to Lockhart and get stuffed on beef ribs and brisket at Black’s Barbecue.

Can’t Beat’em Eats: When you come to San Antonio, you better pack an appetite as big as Texas because you’ve got to do a tasting tour of all the great food in Alamo City. Start with the city’s most famous dish—puffy tacos at Henry’s Puffy Tacos. These fried tortillas will leave you on a carby cloud nine. Tony G’s Soul Food is another area staple, known for their incredible breakfast treats like chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits. Then roll to Godai Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant for standard sushi fare and more inventive dishes like a seafood enchilada. This food scene’s got Tex-Mex flair all over it—the whole enchilada.

Get Touristy, Texas Style: A visit to central Texas isn’t complete without a trip to the Alamo. The San Antonio Missions take up several miles south of downtown, so there’s plenty to peruse. Beyond the Alamo, you’ll find Missions Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan, and Espada are just as beautiful as the most famous mission, just slightly less crowded. Take a quick walk from the Alamo over to River Walk to stroll along the San Antonio River and surround yourself with green space, shopping, and a lot of local flavor to taste. And Animal lovers can get wild at the San Antonio Zoo, where you can find flocks of fun-loving wingmen at one of the world’s largest bird collections.

Go All Natural: After seeing all the gotta-see sites around town, it’s time to get underground. Way underground (180 feet below, to be exact) are the Natural Bridge Caverns. This natural wonder features cathedral-like interiors and giant stalagmites and stalactites, but also some narrow spaces to get your heart racing. Above ground, cruise over to Phil Hardberger Park—300 acres of woods with miles of trails and even a land bridge that allows people and animals to move between the north and south sections of the park—it’s perfect for wildlife spotting.

Frequently Asked Questions About San Antonio

How to get last-minute hotel deals in San Antonio?

You’ve got your cheap car rental in San Antonio locked down, but where are you staying on your trip? Keep the savings party rolling and grab a Hotwire Hot Rate cheap hotel in San Antonio. Even if you’re short on time, it’s no biggie. The longer you wait to book your last-minute hotel in San Antonio, the more you’ll save. You could save up to 60% off on your hotel versus booking a listed rate two weeks earlier. Score a sweet and saucy spot for as low as  and keep your cash for a Texas good time.

How to get last-minute car rental deals in San Antonio?

When you’re looking for a last-minute car rental in San Antonio, there’s one track to some big ol’ savings—booking a Hotwire Hot Rate car rental. You can get your dream Texas ride for as low as $32, and that’s the real deal. Want to save even more on your Hotwire Hot Rate wheels? Download the Hotwire app to unlock even better deals.

What car types can I rent in San Antonio?

Your Texas trip is all about you, so how you want to cruise around is totally flexible. Keep it simple with an economy car, go big with luxury car rentals in San Antonio, or get flashy with a sports car rental in San Antonio. No matter what wheels you choose, book a Hotwire Hot Rate car deal and you’ll be saving big time.

Where are the best places to rent a car in San Antonio?

When you get to San Antonio, you’re ready to roll. Luckily, you can pick up your rental from any of the conveniently located rental spots all over the city and get going on your Lone Star getaway.

How old do you have to be to rent a car in San Antonio?

The minimum age to rent a car in San Antonio is 21, but renters under 25 may find a surcharge to rent their ride.

What are the cheapest car rental companies in San Antonio?

You’ll find all the most popular companies to grab car rentals in San Antonio, TX on Hotwire, including Budget Car Rental San Antonio and Enterprise Car Rental San Antonio. But if you forget the brands and focus on the savings by booking a Hotwire Hot Rate, you could save up to 60% off your car and keep your cash.

Is it safe to travel to San Antonio now?

With recent COVID-19 closures and reopenings, many people are wondering, “Is it safe to travel to San Antonio right now?” When it’s time to book your getaway, be sure to check out the most up-to-date information on all safety measures, any restrictions, and guidance on traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.

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