Car Rentals 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).

Check the following table if you want more information.

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 O Rent-a-Car (268) 723-3957 Falmouth
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 St. George Street - Downtown St. John's
Capital Car Rental Airport (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
Dollar ANU Airport (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
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
Hertz Heritage Quay (268) 481-4400 Heritage Quay Terminal - Downtown St. John's
Hertz Main Office (268) 481-4440 Sir George Walter Highway - Downtown St. John's
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
Huntley Car Rental (268) 462-1575 Alfred Peters Street - St. John's
Ivor’s Car Rental & Taxi Service (268) 460-1241 0.9 mi. (1.5 km) Northwest of Falmouth Harbour
Jacobs Rent-a-Car (268) 462-0576 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Jonas Rent-A-Car (268) 462-9296 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.7 mi. (5.9 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Koconut Rent-a-Car (268) 460-2407 Buckleys
Lion's Car Rental (268) 562-2708 Airport Road - Downtown St. John's
Loose Taxi & Car Rental Services 722-7450 Codrington Barbuda - 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
Raine's Car Rental (268) 727-8557 Lightfoot West Pond View - 3.3 mi. (5.3 km) South of St. John's
Rawlins Supreme Car Rental (268) 729-0140 Fitzroy Road - Downtown St. John's
Scrubo's Pineapple Rentals (268) 771-9422 Jolly Harbour
Slane Supreme Car Rentals (268) 462-8789 Lower Newgate Street - Downtown St. John's
Sunny Auto Rentals (268) 562-5966 Airport Road - 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
Tropical Rentals (268) 562-5180 Valley Road - Downtown St. John's
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.

Local agencies sometimes charge widely different rates so it pays to contact several firms. The lowest rates in each table are typically only available from the least costly agencies during the slow season. The highest rates are what you can expect when demand is at its peak.

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.

Even though you should have minimal difficulties locating gas stations, you still may want to take a look at the listing that follows for an orientation of where some 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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