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.
There are several U.S.-based rental agencies that provide pick up service at the airport, including 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).(tel. 800-331-1212 in the U.S. or 268-462-2840 in Antigua) and (tel. 800-654-3131 in the U.S. or 268-462-6450 in Antigua). There is also a that can be reached at 800-800-4000 in the U.S or 268-462-3366 in Antigua. Local agencies include
Take a look at the following table for many of the vehicle rental agencies located in this area.
|Ats Car Rental||(268) 562-1709||Freeman's Village|
|Avis Antigua||(268) 462-2840||Powell's Estate - Redcliffe Quay|
|(268) 461-6826||Redcliffe Quay|
|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|
|(268) 462-0863||St. George Street - Redcliffe Quay|
|(268) 463-1010||V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's|
|Carter's Rent A Car||(268) 562-2956||V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.6 mi. (5.9 km) East-Northeast of St. John's|
|(268) 771-7666||3.6 mi. (5.9 km) East-Northeast of St. John's|
|(268) 462-8802||V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's|
|Dollar Jolly Beach||(268) 462-0362||Jolly Beach - Jolly Harbour|
|Hertz Heritage Quay||(268) 481-4400||Heritage Quay Terminal - St. John's|
|Hertz Main Office||(268) 481-4440||Sir George Walter Highway - Redcliffe Quay|
|Hertz Royal Antiguan||(268) 481-4457||Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort - Five Islands|
|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|
|Hertz in Jolly Harbour||(268) 481-4456||Jolly Harbour|
|(268) 460-1241||0.9 mi. (1.5 km) Northwest of Falmouth Harbour|
|Jonas Rent-A-Car||(268) 462-9296||V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.7 mi. (5.9 km) East-Northeast of St. John's|
|(268) 462-8803||V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's|
|Oakland Rent-A-Car||(268) 462-3021||V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.7 mi. (5.9 km) East-Northeast of St. John's|
|Paradise Car Rental||(268) 462-9780||Rex Resorts Halcyon Cove - Dickenson Bay|
|(268) 729-0140||Fitzroy Road - Redcliffe Quay|
|Scrubo's Pineapple Rentals||(268) 771-9422||Jolly Harbour|
|(268) 462-8789||Lower Newgate Street - Redcliffe Quay|
|(268) 562-5968||Shirley Road - English Harbour|
|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|
|Tropical Rentals||(268) 562-5180||Valley Road - Redcliffe Quay|
|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.
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 $11(USD) per day, although you may still be liable for the cost of some vehicle repairs.
As shown below, prices will vary, with the season and vehicle size. The low rates in the tables are typically only available from the least costly agencies during the slowest times of the year. The highest rates are what you can anticipate when demand is at its peak.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Compact Car||$ 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|
|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.
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.
Take a look at the table below that will show you the several gas stations in this general area.
|--||Downtown St. John's|
|--||2.0 mi. (3.3 km) East of St. John's|
|--||Jolly Harbour Marina & Boatyard - Jolly Harbour|
|(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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