Car Rentals on Abaco

Renting a car in the Abacos is not always a possibility

The interesting thing about the Abacos is that some islands in the group have rental cars to offer tourists, while others do not have or even allow cars on the island at all. In these cases, locals have gotten crafty and begun using bicycles and golf courts as major sources of transportation.

Renting a Car

When renting a car in the Abacos, the process is fairly simple and straight forward. You must be 25-years-old or older, have a driver's license from your country of origin or an International Driver's License, and a credit card with enough of an available balance to cover the cost and a deposit on the car. If all of these things are in order, you should have no trouble getting the keys. You can expect to pay anywhere from $65 to $100(USD) a day for a rental in the Abacos, depending simply on which type of vehicle you want to rent and when you visit the islands.

As mentioned, not every island in the Abacos has rental cars on the island. Green Turtle Cay and Elbow Cay are both good examples of this. In this case, most tourists will choose to rent a golf cart instead. Golf carts can be rented in either gas or electric, and tourists need only be 21-years-old with a valid driver's license.

Check the following table for contact information.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location Island
A&P Auto Rentals (242) 367-2655 Don Mackey Boulevard - Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Bargain Car Rental (242) 367-0500 Don Mackey Blvd. - Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
D&P Rentals (242) 365-4655 Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay
Island Road Runner (242) 365-4610 Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay
Kool Karts (242) 365-4176 Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay
Quality Star Car Rentals (242) 367-2979 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Rental Wheels (242) 367-4643 Bay Street - Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
SG Car Rentals (242) 367-2277 Marsh Harbour International Airport - Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
SG Car Rentals TC (242) 365-8153 Creative Hands Bakery - Treasure Cay Great Abaco
Sea Side Golf Cart Rentals (242) 477-5497 Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay
Triple J Car Rental (242) 365-8761 Treasure Cay Great Abaco

...get used to local customs...


Driving in the Abacos

Though each island is slightly different, there are a few things that are common across the board. First, driving is done on the left side of the road like in Europe, although the steering wheel is typically placed on the left side of the car like in the United States. Seat belts are mandatory, and young children must be buckled into the appropriate safety restraint for their size and age. You cannot rent these seats, so if you don't want to buy one when you arrive, you'll need to bring them from home.

Take note that roads in large towns like Marsh Harbour are typically decent and well-lit, but as you drive away from the tourist centers, they become cracked, and riddled with pot-holes, lacking in street signs, and without lighting. Locals aren't known for being the best drivers either, and you'll have to be on the lookout for drivers heading your way in the middle of the road, speeding by you, and stopping shortly and quickly.

The Cost of Renting a Car

Rentals typically cost between $250 and $300(USD) a week, with gas powered carts costing more. If you remember to plug your electric cart in overnight, you can generally get two to three good trips around the island in on them.

Driving in the Abacos can be an adventure, and many tourists need a few short turns at the wheel to get used to local customs. It is still a great option for those who will be doing a lot of exploring, need a vehicle for personal reasons, or simply like being in control of their own destiny.

There is an attractive mix of places that sell gas around Abaco. Take a glance at the list directly below to see where some of the companies are located.

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location Island
Cherokee Shell Station -- Cherokee Sound Great Abaco
Diamond 7 Gas Station 365-0444 The Abaco Islands
Fox Town Shell (242) 365-2046 Little Abaco Island Little Abaco Island
Gas Station at Sea Spray Resort -- 2.3 mi. (3.6 km) South West of Hopetown Elbow Cay
Lighthouse Marina Fuel Dock -- Hopetown Elbow Cay
Murray's Service Station (242) 365-0039 Coopers Town Great Abaco

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