Rental Cars in Antigua

In Antigua, rental cars may appeal to adventurous and independent travelers

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Travelers who want to explore Antigua at their own speed can choose from more than a dozen car rental locations, most of which are at the airport.

Renting a Car

There are several U.S.-based rental agencies that provide pick up service at the airport, including Avis (tel. 800-331-1212 in the U.S. or 268-462-2840 in Antigua) and Hertz (tel. 800-654-3131 in the U.S. or 268-462-6450 in Antigua). There is also a Dollar Rent A Car that can be reached at 800-800-4000 in the U.S or 268-462-3366 in Antigua. Local agencies include Big's Car Rental & Taxi Service, which is located in English Harbour (tel. 268-562-4901), Tropical Rentals in St. Mary's (tel. 268-562-5180), and Paradise Car Rental (tel. 268-462-9780).

Take a look at this table that shows the various area rental agencies.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
ACE Rent a Car (877) 822-3872 V.C. Bird Int'l Airport - 3.3 mi. (5.2 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Avis Antigua (268) 462-2840 Powell's Estate - Downtown St. John's
Big's Car Rental & Taxi Service (268) 562-4901 English Harbour
Budget ANU Airport -- V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Capital Car Rental (268) 462-0863 V.C. Bird International Airport - Downtown St. John's
Chase Rent-a-Car (268) 561-4066 Potters Main Rd - 2.4 mi. (3.9 km) Southeast of St. John's
Dollar Rent a Car ANU Airport (268) 462-8802 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Down West Car Rental (268) 764-9344 Blue Waters - St. John's
Drive-A-Matic Car Rentals (800) 581-8773 Sir George Walter Highway - 3.2 mi. (5.2 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Fox Rent A Car (268) 462-3021 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
GoCaribbean Rent-A-Car (268) 782-9555 Coolidge - St. John's
Hertz Heritage Quay (268) 481-4400 Heritage Quay Terminal - Downtown St. John's
Hertz V.C. Bird Aiport (268) 481-4440 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Jah-T Car Rental (268) 784-8254 All Saints
Koconut Rent-a-Car (268) 460-2407 Buckley's Village - Buckleys
Lion's Car Rental (268) 562-2708 Sir George Walter Highway - Downtown St. John's
Loose Taxi & Car Rental Services 722-7450 Codrington Barbuda - St. John's
Oakland Rent-A-Car & Taxi Services (268) 462-3021 V.C. Bird International Airport - St. John's
Paradise Car Rental (268) 462-9780 Starfish Halcyon Cove - Dickenson Bay
Pete's Taxi and Car Rentals (268) 789-0112 Freetown
Raine's Car Rental (268) 727-8557 Lightfoot West Pond View - 3.3 mi. (5.3 km) South of St. John's
Scrubo's Pineapple Rentals (268) 771-9422 Jolly Harbour
Sunny Auto Rentals (268) 764-7610 Sugar Ridge Resort Limited - Downtown St. John's
Thrifty V.C. Bird (268) 462-9532 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Titi Rent-a-Car (268) 460-1452 Falmouth Harbour
Vernon's Car Rental (268) 560-5123 Freetown

Requirements and restrictions can vary. If you are concerned about minimum and maximum age restrictions, insurance requirements and the like, consider contacting each firm directly, before making a final decision.

The Cost of Renting a Car

Most rental car companies have a variety of cars in stock, including SUVs and four-wheel drive cars for those who want to do some off-road traveling. The rates for renting a car start at $35(USD) per day and at $210(USD) per week, depending on the make and model of the car. Collision-damage waivers can be purchased for about $9(USD) to $11(USD) per day, although you may still be liable for the cost of some vehicle repairs.

As you can see below, prices will vary depending on the season. The lowest rates in each table are only available from the lowest cost firms during the off season. The high end of the range is what you should anticipate at one of the busier agencies during the high season.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Compact Car $ 26.00 $ 60.00
Economy Car $ 28.00 $ 50.00
Mid Size Car $ 32.00 $ 60.00
Light SUV $ 36.00 $ 100.00
Standard SUV $ 45.00 $ 120.00
Heavy SUV $ 55.00 $ 120.00
Full Size Car $ 56.00 $ 70.00
Mini Van $ 60.00 $ 86.00
Full Size Van $ 80.00 $ 100.00
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Economy Car $ 240.00 $ 320.00
Compact Car $ 245.00 $ 350.00
Mid Size Car $ 266.00 $ 420.00
Light SUV $ 280.00 $ 632.00
Standard SUV $ 315.00 $ 520.00
Full Size Car $ 330.00 $ 440.00
Heavy SUV $ 385.00 $ 700.00
Full Size Van $ 525.00 $ 550.00

In order to drive on the island of Antigua, you must first purchase a temporary local driver's license, which costs about $20(USD) and requires that you have a valid driver's license from home. You can purchase a temporary license from the Inland Revenue Department, through some car rental agencies, and even at some resort hotels.

Driving on Antigua

Maps

Although renting a car is easy, driving around Antigua may not be. Beware that the steep and winding back roads in Antigua are bumpy and riddled with potholes, police rarely enforce the 40 mph speed limit, and traffic control is at a minimum. There are few to no traffic signs, so it would be wise to take a reliable map to avoid getting lost.  Currently, the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA) is working from one end of the island to the next replacing and creating directional road signs.  The project may take a year or more, but soon tourists will find it much easier to get around.  On the other hand, many of the main roads are paved and having a car at your disposal may offer you the opportunity to visit parts of Antigua you may not have seen otherwise.

If you are traveling with small children, bear in mind that rental car agencies do not provide car or booster seats for rent. Though it is not illegal to drive without a child safety restraint, the conditions of the roads, among other safety issues, make it a good idea for you bring your own car seat along.

While you should have minimal problems finding places to refuel, it is still a good idea to check out the listing just below for an orientation of where some of them are located.

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Chandler's Gas Station -- Downtown St. John's
Dee's Service Station -- 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) East of St. John's
Friars Hill Service Station -- St. John's
Golden Grove Service Station -- St. John's
Jolly Harbor Fuel Dock -- Jolly Harbour Marina - Jolly Harbour
Rubis Percival Gas (268) 462-1464 Fort Road - St. John's

If you keep safety in mind and are not easily intimidated, renting a car can be a fun and independent way to explore Antigua.

 

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