Saturday, 10 April 2010

Explore North Cyprus with Pacific - 2

Catalkoy, North Cyprus
For a relaxing, peaceful holiday in North Cyprus, choose Catalkoy, and get North Cyprus car rental to make the most of your stay.

Car Hire in North Cyprus: Catalkoy Village
Catalkoy is a traditional-style village with neat houses and a laid-back feel. No wonder that Catalkoy was once home to St Epictetus, a 12th century hermit, but you don't have to hide away in a cave in Catalkoy, when your North Cyprus hire gives you the freedom to explore.

Catalkoy village has two supermarkets, so you can fill your North Cyprus rental car with supplies for your holiday villa or apartment, including beer and local wine, of course!

Beaches near Catalkoy, North Cyprus - Car Hire Friendly
Catalkoy is just a few minutes drive from three of the best beaches in North Cyprus, so with a Pacific Rent A Car, you can choose whichever ticks your 'perfect holiday beach' list the most!

Acapulco Beach is probably the cleanest and most popular beach in North Cyprus. Part of the Acapulco Beach Resort hotel, it has everything you need for a great day by the sea, including sun loungers and parasols, showers, changing rooms, a bar and a restaurant, plus access to the hotel's aqua park, swimming pools and water sports. An entry fee is charged.

At Alagadi Turtle beach, as the name suggests, you can watch rare sea turtles lay their eggs in the deep soft sands, and the resulting hatchlings scurry down to the sea. The Society for the Protection of Turtles in Northern Cyprus (SPoT) protect the nest sites, and you can watch both rescued hatchling releases and night time hatchings.

Lara Beach is one of our favourite family beaches in North Cyprus here at Pacific Rent A Car. Children of all ages will enjoy paddling in the sea before exploring the contents of the tidal rock pools. At the west end of Lara Beach is an area of flat limestone slabs worn smooth by the sea, a perfect place to bask in the sunshine like a contented seal!

Restaurants near Catalkoy, North Cyprus - Car Hire Recommended
In Catalkoy , you are almost spoiled for choice when it comes to good restaurants with a taste of home! The Grove Inn serves great curries and it always full of locals and tourists alike tucking into the poppadoms and naans. A traditional Sunday roast is served every Sunday at Chimneys restaurant, while fish lovers head either for the Ani restaurant or to the Lemon Tree restaurant, on the road into Kyrenia.

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Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Explore North Cyprus with Pacific - 1

Esentepe, North Cyprus
A holiday in Esentepe is the perfect combination of beach and mountain, and with car rental in North Cyprus from us, you'll be able to make the most of this beautiful area. Esentepe nestles between the sea and the mountains 20kms east of Kyrenia, so it is both peaceful yet easily accessible thanks to the new coast road. We'll deliver any of our North Cyprus rental cars to your Esentepe villa or apartment too.

Golfing Holidays in Esentepe
Many holiday makers come to Esentepe for the new 18 hole international golf course at the Korineum Golf and Country Club. It's a very scenic golf course, winding amongst the foothills and around groves of ancient olive trees. With over 300 days of sunshine a year in North Cyprus, you'll rarely need a golf umbrella!

Beaches Near Esentepe: Car Hire Recommended
Just a short drive down the coast road, towards Kyrenia, are three of the best beaches in North Cyprus, just waiting to be enjoyed! For a fun day out at a near-perfect sandy beach with all the facilities and water sports you could wish for, point your North Cyprus hire car towards Acapulco Beach. Part of the hotel of the same, this beach has a gentle slope, making it ideal for children, and they'll also love the aqua park set back from the beach. An entrance charge applies.

Lara Beach is very much a beach of two halves; one end is golden sand perfect for sand castles an, whilst the other is limestone slabs for sunbathing and fascinating rock pools for little marine biologists in the making!

Alagadi Beach is also great for sun, sand and fun, and is also a major nesting site for sea turtles. Stop off at the SPoT turtle information centre to learn more abut these amazing creatures and their worldwide travels through the oceans.

Turn your North Cyprus hire car east instead, and soon you'll be discovering the superb, near-deserted beaches and secluded coves of the Karpaz Peninsula, home to the grumpiest wild donkeys in Europe!

Restaurants near Esentepe, North Cyprus - Car Hire AdvisedEating out near Esentepe is all about the best Turkish Cypriot cuisine. Tuck into traditional menus at the Esentepe restaurant, or savour the fresh grilled meats at Tumba. For a mighty meze or a tasty kelftiko, drive along to Rosie's, where the welcome is as warm as the Cyprus sunshine!

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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

The Many Benefits Of Car Hire In Cyprus

When you spend the money on a vacation abroad in North Cyprus, you need to make sure that your money is well spent. You take the time to put together hotel reservations, making sure all the while that your accommodations are just what you are hoping for. Additionally, you may have any number of excursions or sightseeing trips planned out that you would like to complete before you return home from your Cyprus adventure. Have you given any thought as to whether or not car hire in Cyprus will be right for you and your budget?

Many people today are not only looking at an exciting excursion in Cyprus, but they are also hoping to reel in the total package. You can always pick a resort and choose a few destinations that you would like to hit while you are there, but you should think of going the extra mile to make your trip abroad unique and extremely memorable. What you should know is that there are many wonderful benefits when you decide use Cyprus car hire in order to rent a car to drive around the island of Cyprus. The more you look into cheap Cyprus car hire, the more you will agree!

The vehicles that you can rent during your vacation in Cyprus are top quality, cheap Cyprus car hire offers reliable vehicles that are inspected thoroughly so that you can be sure that you easily get from one destination on your list to the next. While there is always the option of public transportation during your vacation, choosing car hire in Cyprus will allow you total freedom to come and go as you please without having to set your watch by any other schedule. Additionally, by using Cyprus car hire, you will not have to pay a taxi to pick you up and bring you to the sightseeing spots that you have in mind, you will be saving yourself a whole lot of money that you can use to spend during the remainder of your vacation abroad.

Convenience is certainly something that is a major plus whenever you set out on a vacation, especially when you will be far from home. If you stop to think about it, there is nothing worse than having to go through the hassle of hailing a taxi once you arrive at the airport in your destination city just so you can be dropped off at a rental agency where most of the time you end up having to wait. Cyprus car hire can make sure that your chosen vehicle is there for you from the very moment that you step off of the plane. Not only that, but your helpful agent can talk with you about the vehicle, showing you how all of the equipment works and then answering any questions that you may have. Cyprus car hire will help you do all of your paperwork right there at the airport so all you have to do is get the keys, pack your luggage and companions into the Cyprus car rental and you can be on your way to your hotel or any destination of your choosing.

Reliability is certainly another factor that you want to have on your side whenever you set out on adventures in and around Cyprus. Car hire in Cyprus will give you the peace of mind in knowing that you are driving a vehicle that is properly maintained and much less likely to break down. However, if you do happen to have any sort of a mechanical issue or break down during your vacation, your North Cyprus car hire agency will quickly remedy the problem for you and get you back out on the road either by fixing your vehicle promptly or making sure that you have another vehicle as soon as possible. This sort of seamless customer service is something that sets car hire in Cyprus well above all of the competition in many tourist destinations.

By having your choice of vehicles, you are able to set out in a ride that will keep you comfortable and happy for the duration of your stay in Cyprus. If you are the sporty type who likes to set out for adventure, you can choose a vehicle that is meant to take on some of the tougher terrain to be found on the island. For a person that is interested in good gas mileage and getting quickly from one place to another, there are a number of compact cars that you can choose from through Cyprus car hire. Luxury vehicle and family sedans are always available as well, so you really have your pick of transportation when you set out on your Cyprus vacation.

Even if you have never thought of renting a vehicle while you are on vacation, you should know that this is one experience that you will not soon forget. Many people who use car hire in Northern Cyprus will tell you that they wouldn???t have it any other way for any of their vacations in the future. You too can set out on your own Cyprus adventures while enjoying the comfort and many benefits of Pacific Rent a Car.

Ayse Berkcan
Pacific Cars

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Thursday, 7 January 2010

Pacific North Cyprus Hire Cars and You

A great holiday stay in North Cyprus requires hiring a car. There is very little public transportation in the country, and if you really want a taste of Cypriot life you need to have a car at your disposal. At Northern Cyprus Car Rental we pride ourselves on offering you some of the most economical and comfortable vehicles for your use while on vacation. We also value the feedback you, our customers, provide us on the cars we offer. Your feedback helps us determine what type of car to invest in when we start to look for newer models to offer you.
Knowing what you think about the cars we offer helps us recommend a car to other renters. Based on your feedback, we can give you and future renters of Cyprus Car Hire a look at how all of our cars compare, both good and bad. Read on to find out what you think of our cars. After all, you, our customers, drive them all over North Cyprus. You will know what the positive and negative aspects of each car are.

Ford Focus
The Ford Focus is a five seat vehicle and we offer them in both manual and automatic. It comes with power steering, central locking, airbags, ABS, and electric front windows. It is one of the best family cars we offer our renters, although it is better suited for families with small children as the back seat can accommodate two car seats if needed. It also has a large boot, making it convenient for renters with a lot of luggage. The biggest disappointment in the Ford Focus that our customers have pointed out to us is that it loses power going uphill. It will do the job, but it just takes a little longer to clear the top.

Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta???s have come a long way since they were first introduced by the company in the 1970s. The models of today look nothing like their predecessors. They are more streamlined and the hatchback option gives the renter a lot of room for luggage and other items. We offer this car with air conditioning which is needed during the summers in North Cyprus and very much appreciated by our customers. It is another car that is great for small families and it has a powerful engine to get you around North Cyprus easily. The biggest downfall of our Ford Fiesta???s: we do not offer it in an automatic transmission.

Hyundai Getz
Hyundai???s have a great track record for being reliable vehicles that are economical and easy on gas. It is a great small car that can seat four to five people comfortably. With air conditioning and the option to hire it in automatic and manual transmission, our customers enjoy visiting Northern Cyprus in one of these vehicles. Unfortunately, the Hyundai Getz is not conducive to four passengers with a lot of luggage. It has a very small boot.

Fiat Punto
The Fiat Punto is a nice family car that falls in the same category as the Ford Fiesta and the Hyundai Getz. It can easily seat four to five people and comes with manual or automatic transmission and air conditioning. It actually is roomier than its Ford and Hyundai counterparts, something our customers have marveled over time and time again. With a powerful engine, the Fiat Punto can easily pull the hills around the mountains of Cyprus. The biggest downfall of the Fiat Punto? It has a really small boot.

Hyundai Matrix
Not to be confused with the Toyota Matrix, the Hyundai Matrix is in the same category as the Fiat Punto, the Ford Focus, and the Ford Fiesta. It offers our customers manual or automatic transmission, air conditioning ??? you simply cannot visit this island in the summer without air conditioning ??? power steering and economical driving. Our customers find this a great, comfortable car with a large boot and the most room in all of our saloon vehicles. Tall people have a problem with the high seats and the lack of headroom, but for the most part holiday makers in North Cyprus have really praised the roominess this car offers.

Suzuki Jimmy
The Suzuki Jimmy is one of North Cyprus Car Hire???s classic car hires. This great 4 x 4 is favored with our off-road adventurers and they come in a soft top with a summer and winter roof. Comfortable and stylish, the Suzuki Jimmy is deceptive as it looks smaller than it really is. It can easily accommodate four adults with minimal boot room. With seatbelts in the front and the back, it is one of our most popular rentals. The Suzuki Jimmy has one downfall. It does not come with air conditioning. The summer soft top, which we put in place in May, can be removed so that you can enjoy the fresh air and fun that jeeps are known for. But when you drive a Jimmy in the heat of the day in August, you will wish for air conditioning.

Suzuki Samurai
Along with our Suzuki Jimmy we offer our more adventurous customers the Suzuki Samurai. This is the cheapest vehicle in our fleet and it comes equipped with a soft top. It is a 4x4 and while our Samurai???s are not the newest in our fleet, we make sure they are in top running condition. They are economical and great for two to four adults. We do not recommend this vehicle for families because there are no seatbelts in the back of these vehicles. This has been one of the biggest complaints our customers have made about this jeep. Additionally, there is no power steering or power anything with the Samurai. We???ve actually had some customers tell us driving one of these is like driving a tank. Why do we still offer this vehicle? Because the adventurous holiday makers in North Cyprus like the fact that this vehicle is cheap to hire and can go off road.
There you have it: the good and the bad of some of North Cyprus Car Hire???s vehicles. Each year we try to find out what you, our customers are looking for in a rental vehicle. We take this information into consideration every time we start to look for new vehicles for our fleet. We have added quite a few over the last couple years based on recommendations made by our customers. This feedback is more than valuable. It is a vital part of our business and we cannot encourage you enough to fill out our surveys after you have vacationed with us.

Is there something else you would like to see us offer? We are open to suggestions. Maybe you know of a newer car that we could consider. We offer smaller, more economical cars to our customers to help keep holiday costs low so we are always looking to add compact cars to our fleet. When you take into consideration the roadways in Northern Cyprus, you can also understand why larger cars are simply not an option. Add to that the lack of gas stations on every corner and you can see why we stick with fuel efficient economy cars.
We would also love to get your feedback on some of the newer cars we have added to our fleet. What did you like or dislike about the Volkswagen Polo? Did you find the Toyota Corolla comfortable and everything you hoped for? What about the Suzuki Vitara 4x4 Soft Top? These are just some of the vehicles we need your feedback on. Help us help you decide what type of vehicle you need on your holiday.

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Saturday, 1 August 2009

North Cyprus Car Hire Pacific Won???t Leave You Stranded

Picture this: You and your family are taking a nice leisurely drive through the beautiful countryside of North Cyprus in your hired car when you suddenly hear this strange popping noise. The next thing you know there is smoke rolling out from under the hood and the engine dies. You manage to get the car coasted to a stop on the side of the road, but you are miles from the next town and you have no idea what is wrong with your hired car.

After all, you???re not an experienced mechanic and you were assured by the car hire agent that the car was in perfect running condition.
While your hired car may have been in perfect running conditions, things do happen that are beyond all of your control. Cars do break down, but if you hired a car from Pacific Rent-A-Car, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about if your car suddenly goes on the fritz. We are here to help you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for things just like this. My team and I try very hard to make sure that our cars are inspected and undergo a rigorous check before we let you sit behind the wheel and use them for your vacation, but even we know that sometimes they just break down.

This is why we provide all our Pacific customers with 24/7 roadside assistance. The service is free and you can reach us at 0090 542 852 1920. Write that number down and keep it with you when you hire a car from us. This way if your car breaks down during one of those road trips you and your family were trying to enjoy, all you have to do is call us. We will come with a tow truck and a new hire car for you. All you will have to do is transfer your belongings from the car that broke down to the new car we provide and go on your way. We will worry about bringing the other car back to our offices.

Additionally, if you should happen to get into an accident with one of our vehicles you should immediately call us. We care about our customers so the first thing we will do is ensure that you are all right, that no one was injured, and that matters are handled the way they need to be during this traumatic time. We will send out a team to collect the car and bring you a new one. If the accident is at night and you???d prefer to wait until morning to get your new car that is fine too. We???ll take you back to your lodgings and then deliver your new car to you in the morning so that you can relax after what happened.

Remember, my team and I here at Pacific are here to serve you, our customers. If anything happens to your hired car while you are visiting us or if you think something could be wrong with it ??? say you hear a strange knocking sound ??? call us. We will be more than happy to check out the car and bring you a new one if you should break down. Our twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week number is 0090 542 852 1920. Keep it with you and let???s hope you never have to use it

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Friday, 17 April 2009

Nicosia ??? Your Northern Cyprus Car Hire Takes You Back in Time

As with most beach oriented vacation spots, the crush of the summer crowds in Northern Cyprus can be frustrating. So, with a North Cyprus car hire at you disposal, the divided city of Nicosia can be a welcome break from the beach crowds as you drift back into the timeless culture of ancient Turkey.

Nicosia Car Hire Driving Rules
As in most countries, a driver must be over the age of 25 in order to get a car hire in Northern Cyprus. And, as in the United Kingdom, the traffic flow here is also on the left side of the roads. Any children in the car that are younger than five years of age must not ride in the front seat of a car, and all passengers in the front seat of the car must wear a seatbelt. You should pay close attention to the seatbelt law because fines will be assessed if you are caught driving without one. You should also know that talking on a cell phone is against the law here and you might also be cited and fined for such a violation.

Access between the two Republics has been loosened in recent years so that you may now travel between the two in your North Cyprus car hire as long as everyone in the car has their passport and the insurance information on the car is available for inspection. You should also be aware that there are some restrictions on what goods can be taken across the border. As an example, you can take no more than 40 cigarettes per person when traveling south into the Republic of Cyprus. If you will only be visiting as far as the southern portion of the city of Nicosia it would be easy to park your Northern Cyprus car hire in a car park outside the wall and simply walk into the city on foot to see the sights.

Northern Cyprus Car Hire ??? Historic Sites in Nicosia
Nicosia was first founded around 280 BC and now serves as the capital city of both the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus from The Republic of Cyprus. The ancient Venetian walls that once encircled the city are well preserved to this day and several sites in Northern Nicosia should not be missed, including:

The Selimiye Mosque was originally built as St Sophia's Cathedral in the early 13th century and is today the area???s most prominent landmark. The fact that it was designed by a French architect is evident in the style of the building that resembles some of the important medieval cathedrals in France. King Hugh the Second, a 13th century King of Cyprus, was buried at St Sophia's Cathedral with his gold crown placed on his head. That cathedral became a mosque when the Ottomans conquered the island in 1571. If you want to look inside the mosque remember to remove your shoes and be quiet, especially if prayer services are taking place.

What was once the church of St. George of the Latins is now a hamam known as the Grand Turkish Bath. A hamam is a traditional bath where one first relaxes in a room heated with dry air and then moves to an even hotter room before rinsing with cold water. Then, after a body wash and massage, one relaxes in a cooling room. This Grand Bath is located in a grand setting among the arches and thick walls of the old church.

The Great Inn is one of the only inns on Cyprus that still remains in its original format from the days of the Ottoman conquest of the island. A series of inns once spread across the country providing traveling merchants a safe place to sleep during their journeys. The traveler entered through a main gate into a central courtyard where stables for horses and camels were located on the first floor with 68 guest rooms on the level above. This historic inn was recently renovated and artisan shops now occupy both levels of the building.

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Friday, 3 April 2009

Sights to See in Karmi

Karmi is a wonderfully small town and most sights are within a short walking distance from the car park at Church Square. Park Your North Cyprus car hire here where you can then begin your explorations of the town. The most important sight to see is the unique small village itself, but there are other historic sites to be seen as well.

St Hilarion Castle can be seen in the mountains above the town and reached by an uphill trail through pine forests. The castle is named after a little-known saint who was one of some 300 saints who sought shelter throughout Cyprus after the Holy Land was overrun by Arabs. Built in the late 11th century the castle became part of a network of defenses along the coast. After most defense of the island was moved closer the coast the castle became a home for Cypriot royalty.

A small museum is now located in the old Greek Orthodox Church in Karmi. The church dates back to 1860 and, unfortunately, is now just open mostly on Sunday. If you are fortunate enough to visit when the church is open you will find the icon screen, or iconostasis, of the church interesting. An icon screen is a screen composed of icons that separates the sanctuary of the church from the nave where the congregation gathers. It is one of the most important features of Eastern Christian churches. The industrious villagers created the screen at the church with discarded items from abandoned churches in the area.

Just outside the village you???ll find a collection of chamber tombs, or tombs in the shape of a room, known as the Karmi Necropolis. The tombs here date back to the Bronze Age between 1900 and 1600 B.C. Of the tombs that have been excavated the most important sight is the relief of a man carved into the corridor of Tomb #6. This weathered figure is believed to be the goddess of fertility and one of the oldest effigies discovered in all of Cyprus. Beads and bowls from Crete were discovered in tombs of the necropolis, indicating that there commercial trading between the village and its neighboring countries existed at least as far back as the Bronze Age.

Enjoy the sights of this small mountainside town and the walks that can be taken through the surrounding countryside. But be aware that there are few services available here including a village shop and only a couple of bars and restaurants.


Saturday, 28 February 2009

#4 in Cyprus44???s hot spots for 2009 is Lapta in North Cyprus

What is the deal?
The town of Lapta in North Cyprus is located ten kilometres west of Kyrenia and is built in levels over a sprawling and diffuse hillside. It is the home to numerous natural mountain springs that feed the groves of citrus and olive plants. The village also has quite a few churches throughout it and not one of them dates before the 18th century, even though the village itself is considerably older having been settled way before the 13th century. There is also a beautiful mosque in the town, a wonderful example of the Ottoman influence. The town is divided into two parts and the main strip in the village is where visitors will find the hotels, bars, restaurants, pubs, and cafes. The town is a popular summer resort destination.
What are other holiday makers saying?
Visitors to the Cyprus44???s forum have stated that visiting Lapta on the off season is preferable if you want a laid back vacation. The town is so popular in the summer that the amount of people in it triples. The pubs, cafes, and restaurants in the village all serve wonderful food and the area itself is very laid back and relaxed, perfect for vacationing individuals and families.
How do I get there?
Lapta can be reached by hiring a car ??? North Cyprus Car Hire has some wonderful deals and they will deliver the car to you at the airport ??? and driving to its location. Visitors can fly in from Ercan Airport, the only airport in North Cyprus.


Sunday, 15 February 2009

#3 in Cyprus44???s hot spots for 2009 is Karpaz in North Cyprus

What is the deal?
Karpaz in North Cyprus is on the easternmost part of the island, making up the peninsula that tapers into a thin strip of land reaching for Turkey. The area is notable for its numerous beaches that stretch for miles on end and is the home of pine, cypress, and maquis that covers the hills above. This region of North Cyprus is a natural reserve for flora and fauna on the island. The main source of income for this area is fishing, and the villages of Bogaz and Kumyali are the centres of fishing in the area. In addition to the beautiful beaches there are many Byzantine churches to visit, including the Monastery of Apostolos Andreas. This is also the natural home of the wild donkeys of Karpaz, animals that are native to the island.
What are other holiday makers saying?
Visitors to the Cyprus44???s forum have commented that exploring the beaches in Karpaz is an enjoyable past time that could last for days on end without ever getting boring. Bird watching, shell searching, and fossil collecting are some of the things visitors have mentioned, and if visitors are looking for authentic restaurants featuring traditional foods they need to try the Cyprus Gardens Restaurant and the Karsel, both located in Bogaz and serving some of the best seafood meals on the island.
How do I get there?
When visiting North Cyprus, visitors can get to Karpaz via car hire from Ercan Airport, the only airport in North Cyprus. North Cyprus Car Hire will allow you to book your car ahead of time and will meet you at the airport with your rental vehicle.


Tuesday, 23 December 2008

North Cyprus Trip by Car Part 3

Client Testimonial: My Trip To Cyprus ??? Day Three: Esentepe And Karpaz

I woke up this morning to a beautiful sunny day and I decided to drive to my next destination, Karpaz, early. I wanted to have enough time to stop in Esentepe where some people at the hotel in Kyrenia told me was beautiful. Esentepe is nestled between the mountains and the ocean and the scenery is breath taking. The village itself is at the base of the mountains that overlook it like a sentinel, and the beaches are great for taking long walks on. I snapped some great pictures from both locations and then headed into the town proper to catch some lunch.

The local cuisine in Esentepe is superb and I enjoyed a meal of kabab with meze. It was filling and perfect for the rest of the drive.
As I headed out towards Karpaz I stopped along the road and took some more pictures of the countryside. Cyprus may be an island, but North Cyprus is filled with terrain that is so varied you cannot help but to stop and simply enjoy it. The forest behind Esentepe is cool and filled with plenty of local flora and fauna, and just being able to walk through some of it was a great way to stretch the legs.
I arrived in Karpaz early enough to get settled in my hotel before heading out to check out the unique peninsula that stretches out into the Mediterranean. There are numerous historic places to visit here including the Byzantine era Monastery of Apostolos Andreas.
According to the legend, this was the last place St. Andrew visited before heading back to Palestine. I took some time walking along the beaches here too before heading back into town for a light supper. I cannot describe the rich beauty of this land adequately. It???s definitely something you have to experience for yourself.


Sunday, 21 December 2008

North Cyprus Trip by Car Part 2

Client Testimonial: My Trip To Cyprus ??? Day Two: Kyrenia

After a good night???s sleep I decided to check out some more of Kyrenia. I went ahead and took a walk on the beach and saw some of the turtles that lived there. The air off the Mediterranean felt good as I sipped my coffee and walked along. I wasn???t sure what to do as there are so many historical things to see and do. I debated whether or not to take a ride into the Five Finger Mountains and go horseback riding or to do something else. I guess my natural instinct to see historic places got the better of me, and when I returned to the hotel I gathered up my camera, the keys to the rental car and took a drive out to the Karmi Necropolis.
The Necropolis is located outside of the village of Karmi close to Kyrenia and it is a group of Middle Bronze Age chamber tombs. There was a man found buried in one of the tombs when it was first discovered and he was holding blue beads that came from Egypt as well as bowls that were made in Crete surrounding him. Researchers believe that he was a sailor.
When I got back to Kyrenia, I decided to do a little bit of shopping. The streets of Kyrenia are narrow medieval ones that are filled with interesting little shops and stalls where you can find just about anything. If you can take your time, you can find numerous goodies that range from antiques to handmade Cypriot crafts to...well, just about anything else. You definitely want to stop at one of the cafes in town and enjoy a true Turkish coffee. But be forewarned, they are strong and take a little bit of getting used to. There were a few gentlemen there who got a chuckle out of the face I must???ve made when I took my first sip.
Tomorrow, I???m off to Estanpe and Karpaz. I can???t wait.


Thursday, 18 December 2008

North Cyprus Trip by Car Hire Part 1

Client Testimonial My Trip To Cyprus ??? Day One: Kyrenia

I recently had the opportunity to visit the island nation of Cyprus, namely North Cyprus. Excited about seeing this interesting place, I landed at Ercan Airport and collected my bags to find the Pacific Rent-A-Car agent waiting for me. I have to say that their service is definitely top notch and the car they brought me was clean, filled up with petrol, and ready for the week ahead. We quickly went over and signed the paperwork and within a half hour of landing ??? had to deal with getting through security and the whole passport checking thing ??? I was in my rental car and driving to Kyrenia. The car I rented was a Ford Focus, a car I was used to driving, and I felt comfortable driving on the strange North Cyprus roads to my hotel.
It was hard to not try and take in the scenery as I drove from the airport to the city of Kyrenia, but somehow I managed. I still had plenty of the day left to wander around Kyrenia a little bit, and once I got to the hotel and checked in I stood outside for a few moments to determine what I wanted to do first.

There are so many interesting places to check out in Kyrenia that choosing one is not the easiest thing. So I decided to check out Kyrenia Castle and then take in a little shopping. Kyrenia Castle sits at the mouth of the harbour and it is an impressive structure. It has the Kyrenia Shipwreck Museum inside of it with the remains of the ancient trading ship in it that was preserved after it was retrieved from the harbour. I was so intrigued by the museum that I never did make shopping. Ah well, I would catch some shopping before I left. After all, I had another day in Kyrenia and plenty still to see.


Wednesday, 3 December 2008

North Cyprus Hire Cars and Taxi Transfers from and to South Cyprus

It???s a shame that you only ever hear bad press and propaganda about the border crossing between North and South Cyprus.

The reason we do not allow our vehicles to be driven in South Cyprus is simply a matter of insurance cover and recovery. Whilst the restrictions have recently been relaxed by the Greek Cypriot authorities, vehicles from the North may only be driven under 3rd party insurance cover. As you may or may not be aware, we cover all our vehicles with full insurance to provide security for our business and piece of mind to our customers when they hire with us. Therefore, allowing our vehicles to then be driven under 3rd party cover, presents many difficulties for us should there be a problem.

One of the main problems being that commercial vehicles are still not allowed to cross the border, meaning that we would be unable to for recovery of vehicles that have either broken down or been involved in an accident in the South.

We are fully aware that this may cause some of our customers an inconvenience, and we therefore provide taxi transfer services at extremely competitive rates to assist people who wish to fly into either Larnaca or Paphos airports. The rate from Larnaca Airport to our office in Kyrenia in a standard taxi is just ??35, and just ??5 more for a 7-seater (a party of up to 6 people). For any of you who may be concerned about crossing the border with your family and luggage, there is no need to worry. There are many people living in both the North and the South who cross on a daily basis with no problems. The customs personnel on both sides are generally very friendly and helpful, and if you are travelling by taxi, your driver is on hand to help you.

The process itself is very simple. Holders of EU Passports do not require a pre-arranged entry visa, you will simply need to show your passport, which is date stamped both on entry and exit.

by Jayne Butcher-Pacific Rentals,Reservation Manager

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Wednesday, 15 October 2008

The Importance Of Having A Baby Seat In Your Hired Car in North Cyprus

Whenever you travel with a small child you always want to make sure that you have the proper child safety car seat with you for your infant to travel in, or make arrangements to have one provided for you at your destination. Today, many car hire companies will provide you with a child safety seat if you notify them ahead of time, usually when you make the vehicle reservations. In most countries, child safety seats are the rule and not the exception. When traveling to North Cyprus, all children under the age of 5 years old are required by law to sit in the back of the motor vehicles and be secured in a proper child safety seat. It is against the law to allow children 5 and under to travel in the front seat. Children from age 5 to 10 may sit in the front only if they have been provided with a booster seat for use with the adult seatbelt, or if a child???s seatbelt has been fitted to them.

Children 5 and under who are not properly secured in a child safety seat during an accident could get severely injured. As gruesome as it sounds, their little bodies could be thrown around the vehicle causing bone breaks, concussions, and other injuries far worse without even considering the fact that they could be killed. A child safety seat secures the infant and offers them a protective barrier of sorts. This is one of the reasons why parents are told to place the seat in the rear facing position and in the middle of the back seat. Additionally, if your child has graduated to a forward facing child seat, using the additional restraining strap helps keep the seat in place should the seat belt fail and the car seat come loose.

If your car hire company cannot provide you with a child safety seat for the duration of your trip, then it is advisable to bring one with you. Most airlines will also accept them for use with their smaller passengers.

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Saturday, 11 October 2008

Nissan Sunny - An inexpensive vehicle that is more family friendly

If our economical Suzuki Samurai 4x4 does not meet your needs and you want to hire an inexpensive vehicle that is more family friendly, they our Nissan Sunny is the car for you. Like our Samurai???s our Sunny???s are between 6 and 8 years old, but we keep them in excellent condition so that you never have to worry about a thing when visiting North Cyprus. This little car can seat five people comfortably and afford you the luxury of having air conditioning without having to spend extra money on the car hire price. It is also perfect for visitors to Cyprus who have traveled across the island before and just need something that can get them around town. It is also great for extended stays in the country when you need a reliable and cheap car.
Our Nissan Sunny???s have a large boot so you will never have to worry about arranging the luggage to fit in the car. Each of them has power steering, central locking, airbags, and ABS equipped standard on them. A few of our models come with hand crank front windows, but most of the ones in our stable have electric front windows. They come in manual or automatic and use unleaded petrol only.
If you know that you will be visiting North Cyprus and will need an economical family car, book one of our Nissan Sunny???s via our online portal as soon as possible. These are the cheapest saloon cars we hire out and they go fast during peak tourist season.

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Monday, 18 August 2008

North Cyprus 7 Passenger Car Hire

Persons visiting North Cyprus on vacation, holiday, or for business have car hire options for large groups with 7 passenger car hire from Pacific Rent A Car. The photograph shown below is just one of our larger rental vehicles that provide car rental comfort for tourists on holiday, your family vacation, or business group.

North Cyprus 7 passenger rental car

This clean and comfortable 7 seater Opel Safira features air conditioning, right hand drive, and a manual transmission for your North Cyprus driving pleasure. Learn more about our fleet and car hire vehicle rental terms, car rental rates, and car hire booking information on our main site.

Let Pacific Rent A Car service your car hire needs the next time you visit North Cyprus for holiday, vacation, or business.

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Thursday, 12 June 2008

Driving in the South Cyprus

For all drivers for car hire from Pacific Rent A Car in North Cyprus, including persons visiting on holiday, vacation, or business!

Please be aware, that our Rental Agreements and Insurance Policies do not allow you to take your vehicle across the border to South Cyprus under any circumstances. Our Insurance Company has advised us that any vehicle reported as being driven outside the TRNC will be reported as stolen and immediate legal action will be invoked.

When driving in the TRNC, you are covered under full insurance, allowing you to drive your vehicle without concern of liability, providing you remain within the restrictions of the Law and follow the rules of the road.

Please note that Northern Cyprus operates a Zero tolerance drink driving law.

If you would like to take the opportunity to visit South Cyprus during your stay, please contact our office where we will be able to advise you on the best travel options.

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Monday, 2 June 2008

Fuel Options Update

Here is a fuel options update from our previous post. For tourists or business visitors to North Cyprus looking for car hire, we have another fuel option with "Leave it as you got it".

For most visitors on holiday or vacation, we deliver our vehicles with the equivelent of 20 GB Pounds of fuel: This is the most popular petrol option. We fill the car up form Pacific Petrol Station and deliver it to you. The car will be provided with the equivelent of 20 GB Pounds of fuel, which you will be charged for and then you return the car empty. Please note that petrol is not refundable.

New fuel options update: ???Leave it as you got it???

This is the second option which we don???t recommend if you are getting the car at Ercan Airport and driving long distance. We are offering this option for our customers who do not want to get full tank petrol because they believe they will not use full tank petrol.

If you choose this option, we deliver the petrol as it is and you bring it back as you got it.

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10 More Hyundai Matrix

Pacific Rent A Car of North Cyprus has added 10 new Hyundai Matrix saloon cars to our fleet of car hire vehicles for tourists, family, or business visits to North Cyprus.

Visit our main site to learn more about car hire vehicle rental terms, car rental rates, and car hire booking information.

As a leading car rental company in North Cyprus, we look forward to helping you whether you are visiting for vacation, holiday, or business.

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Monday, 26 May 2008

Fuel Options

We deliver our North Cyprus rental vehicles with the equivalent of 20 GB Pounds of fuel:

This is the most popular petrol option. We fill the car up form Pacific Petrol Station and deliver it to you. The car will be provided with the equivelent of 20 GB Pounds of fuel, which you will be charged for and then you return the car empty. Please note that petrol is not refundable when considering your fuel options.

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Thursday, 22 May 2008

Ercan Airport Car Park:

Ercan airport car park is not free of charge anymore. It is 5 Turkish Lira which is approximately equals to 2 GBP. TRNC Car Hire Organisations working to get special car park for car hires which will be free of charge.

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Saturday, 17 November 2007

Excitment at Pacific Rent-A-Car

We're excited to be the first car rental company in North Cyprus to start a blog.

We want to be able to tell you about our latest special offers, new additions to our fleet and pass on useful information for your holidays in Northern Cyprus such as driving tips.

The manager of the company, Mr. Berkan Ocal, will be writing most of the blogs so you will learn everything from first person quickly.

Topics will include these subjects as listed alphabetically: announcements, cars, safety, service, tips, and travel.

We welcome customer and visitor comments.

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