Barbados is a rather small island with an amazingly intricate system of roads. Visitors often find themselves eager to take advantage of the freedom that a rental car brings. A few differences in driving conditions are enough to keep things exciting for some, while low speed limits and well-maintained roads keep things relatively safe for all.
None of the major international car rental agencies keep branches on Barbados, but local agencies are plentiful. These local offices generally have a large number of automobiles available and offer some of the same services as the larger companies, such as vehicle delivery and the ability to process the required temporary visitor's permits. Rental car agencies do not provide car or booster seats for children, so make sure you bring one from home if you are traveling with a small child.
The chart below lists the rental agencies in and around Barbados.
|3 Click Car Hire||--||Charnocks|
|A B C Deals Car Rentals||(246) 420-4648||Lighthouse Drive - Christ Church|
|Blessed Rentals||(246) 243-1894||Forde's Road Clapham - 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) East-Southeast of Bridgetown|
|Chelsea Motors||(246) 228-0682||Chelmead - St. Michael Parish|
|Coconut Car Rentals||(246) 437-0297||Bay Street - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Southeast of Bridgetown|
|Corbin's Car Rentals||(246) 427-9531||Upper Collymore Rock - St. Michael Parish|
|Courtesy Cars||(246) 431-4160||Grantley Adams International Airport - Charnocks|
|Direct Car Rentals||(246) 420-6372||Balls Plantation - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) East-Northeast of St. Lawrence Gap|
|Drive-A-Matic Car Rentals||(246) 422-3000||Airport Access Road - Charnocks|
|Executive Rentals||(246) 228-1993||Worthing Main Road - Christ Church Parish|
|Express Rent A Car||(246) 428-7845||St. Lawrence Gap|
|Fat Jacks Rentals||(246) 420-6502||Maxwell Coast Road - Christ Church Parish|
|First Choice Car Rental||(246) 434-2277||6 Peronne Gap - Christ Church Parish|
|GL Rentals||(246) 271-6321||1 Fairholme Gardens - Christ Church Parish|
|Jones Garage Car Rentals||(246) 425-6637||Passage Road - Downtown Bridgetown|
|K West Car Rentals||(246) 258-0141||5 Broomes Terrace - St. James Parish|
|(246) 428-7319||St. Lawrence Gap|
|Mohamed Car Rentals||(246) 426-3073||1 Fifth Avenue - St. Michael Parish|
|(246) 432-2131||Clarke's Road - St. James Parish|
|Rayside Car Rentals||(246) 428-0264||Charnocks|
|Regency Rent-A-Car||(246) 428-2292||45 Newton Terrace - Christ Church Parish|
|Rent-A-Zoom||(246) 830-2383||Bank Hall - St. Michael Parish|
|Southern Rentals||(246) 428-7013||Welches|
|Stoute's Car Rental||(246) 416-4456||Kirtons Street - Charnocks|
|Sungold Car Rental||(246) 422-6980||Glendalough - St. Lucy Parish|
|Thrifty Grantley Adams Airport||(246) 416-4457||Grantley Adams International Airport - Charnocks|
|Tipoa Car Rentals||--||Grantley Adams International Airport - Charnocks|
|Top Car Rentals||(246) 435-0378||Rockley New Road - 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) Southeast of Bridgetown|
|Top Class Car Rentals||(246) 228-7368||23 Regency Park - 1.7 mi. (2.7 km) North-Northwest of St. Lawrence Gap|
|Venture Car Rentals||(246) 228-4141||70 Warners Park - Fairy Valley Rock|
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.
One of travelers' biggest complaints about rental cars in Barbados is the expense. Daily rates average $100(USD), and weekly rates of $400(USD) are not unheard of. Air-conditioning is not a standard feature on most vehicles, and rental rates naturally depend on the type of car and the desired options.
As shown below, rates will vary, depending on the season and vehicle popularity. The lowest rates displayed are usually only available from the least costly agencies during the off season. The high end of the range is what you can anticipate during the busiest time of year.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Compact Car||$ 38.00||$ 105.00|
|Economy Car||$ 45.00||$ 95.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 45.00||$ 105.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 50.00||$ 105.00|
|Light SUV||$ 70.00||$ 121.00|
|Heavy SUV||$ 75.00||$ 132.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 76.00||$ 158.00|
|Full Size Van||$ 83.00||$ 116.00|
|Mini Van||$ 85.00||$ 97.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Compact Car||$ 185.00||$ 450.00|
|Economy Car||$ 210.00||$ 400.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 245.00||$ 482.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 245.00||$ 518.00|
|Light SUV||$ 245.00||$ 540.00|
|Full Size Van||$ 266.00||$ 605.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 300.00||$ 785.00|
|Mini Van||$ 345.00||$ 465.00|
|Heavy SUV||$ 400.00||$ 682.00|
Fuel costs are also a factor in planning your travel budget. Gas prices on the island stay somewhat steady, averaging about $3(USD) per gallon.
Service stations in the area are relatively available. Be sure to check the table below to see where you can find some of the companies. the table
|--||2.6 mi. (4.2 km) North-Northeast of Speightstown|
|--||Beckles Road - 1.5 mi. (2.5 km) Southeast of Bridgetown|
|--||Hastings Main Road - 2.5 mi. (4.0 km) Southeast of Bridgetown|
|--||Oistins Main Road and Oistins Hill - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) East of St. Lawrence Gap|
|(246) 428-2123||Chancery Lane - Fairy Valley Rock|
|(246) 432-8292||Appleby - 2.1 mi. (3.4 km) South of Holetown|
|--||1.3 mi. (2.2 km) North of Bridgetown|
|--||Highway 7 - Dover|
|--||Durrants Road just East of the Airport - 3.6 mi. (5.7 km) East of St. Lawrence Gap|
|--||Grantley Adams International Airport - Charnocks|
|--||Highway 1C - Speightstown|
|--||1.7 mi. (2.8 km) East-Northeast of Bridgetown|
|--||Highway 7 at Worthing Beach - 1.1 mi. (1.8 km) West-Northwest of St. Lawrence Gap|
|--||Highway 1B - Mullins|
|--||Mylords Hill - 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) East-Northeast of Bridgetown|
Streets on the island should be approached from the left, in the British style. Roundabouts are also common in busy sections. The speed limit within city limits is restricted to 20 mph, but drivers who strike out into the countryside find speed limits of 45 mph more to their taste. Foreign drivers should also note that when another driver flashes his headlights at an intersection it is meant as an invitation to proceed. Although streets are usually in fairly good condition, they are not particularly well-lit at night. Thus, drivers are advised to adhere to the lower speed limits.
To drive in Barbados, you must obtain either an International Drivers License or a temporary visitor's permit. Temporary permits are easily gotten from the car rental agencies themselves or from local police stations. A valid driver's license issued by the traveler's home country must be presented along with a registration fee of $5(USD).
Travelers who opt for to drive in Barbados find that while the rental prices are somewhat steep, the driving experience itself is a pleasurable one, and the ability to take off and explore the island at a moment's notice is invaluable.
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