Renting a car in Bathsheba isn't a terribly difficult experience, and most tourists will find it to be a similar process to what they would experience back home.
As you begin your search for a rental car in Bathsheba, you'll discover a slew of names that are likely unfamiliar to you. This is because there are no international rental car agencies in Barbados. Luckily, local agencies are known for their friendly, honest service, so you won't have to worry about being swindled out of a bundle of money and receiving a vehicle that isn't up to par. Unfortunately, you will also notice that not many of these agencies are located near Bathsheba, as you will likely have to rent your car from a different area, or have it delivered.
The most popular places to rent cars in Barbados are Bridgetown. To read more about renting a car in Bridgetown, you can click here to go to our Rental Car Guide, where you will find a list of local companies.and
...a Moke, which is a car local to the region...
Check out this table which shows a few of the area vehicle rental agencies.
|Jones Garage Car Rentals||(246) 425-6637||Passage Road - Downtown Bridgetown|
|(246) 427-1952||Passage Road - Downtown Bridgetown|
|(246) 823-3087||St. Michael Parish - 1.2 mi. (2.0 km) North-Northeast of Bridgetown|
Finding an agency to do business with is only part of the process however. There a few requirments you will need to meet before you will be able to drive on the island.
The requirements for renting a vehicle on the island will vary slightly by agency, but overall, you'll have to be over 21-years-old and under 65-years-old. Those under 25 may be subject to higher fees, while those over 65 will often require a note from their doctor stating they are capable of driving. If you pass the age requirements, you will need to arrive with $5(USD) in hand to purchase a local driver's permit. You can get the permits at many rental agencies as well as the police station so long as you have a driver's license from your home town and proof that you have three years of driving experience. The permit is valid for one year, which means you can return to the island later in the year and avoid having to go through the process again.
After obtaining your permit, you will be able to legally get behind the wheel in Barbados, so you can begin the process of picking up your rental. If you have a particular vehicle that you'd like to drive in mind, make sure to make a reservation in advance of your vacation to ensure that the one you want is available. Additionally, make sure to ask for a vehicle with air conditioning if you don't like driving with the windows down. The most popular rental in Bathsheba is a Moke, which is a car local to the region that is a hybrid of sorts, bringing the best features of dune buggies, convertibles, and go carts together for a sporty little number that is great for the back roads of the island. Family sedans, sports utility vehicles, and vans are also available.
As stated, local agencies are generally friendly and fair when pricing their vehicles. That being said, prices for rental cars on the island can be expensive, with the average rental coming in at around $100(USD).
Traffic in Bathsheba moves on the left side of the road, something that visitors from the United States will be unfamiliar with. To further complicate matters, the steering wheel typically still remains on the left side of the vehicle, so driver's can easily become confused. Take it slow at first as you become accustomed to the new style of driving without fear of backlash from local drivers. Your license plate has an “H” on it to indicate that it is a rented vehicle, and locals will see that and understand that you aren't from around the island. Until you feel more comfortable driving on the opposite side of the road, it is best to remain off the road during rush hour, which is between 7:00 and 8:30 in the morning and 4:30 and 5:30 in the evening.
The good thing about driving in town is that most of the roads are well-maintained, though there are a few off-the-beaten-path roads that have some pot holes and are free of sidewalks and street lights. Be on the lookout for pedestrians in these areas, because they are known to walk on the street. Speed limits range from 40 to 60 kilometers per hour – yes, they are posted in kilometers – but can get up to 80 kilometers per hour if you head out of town on a major highway.
More so than the other areas of Barbados, gas is something you will need to pay attention to when driving in Bathsheba. While you will generally be near one or two gas stations wherever you are in Barbados, Bathsheba seems to be the exception to the rule. As such, simply be sure to keep you tank full when possible.
Check the table below that shows some refueling locations in this general area.
|(246) 432-8292||Appleby - 2.1 mi. (3.4 km) South of Holetown|
|--||Highway 1C - Speightstown|
|--||Highway 1B - Mullins|
A few final tips to keep in mind as you drive around town are to always wear a seat belt, whether in the driver's seat or the back of the car, and to keep young children in the appropriate safety restraints according to the law; and only park where the letter “P” is hung or painted. Otherwise, you may receive a ticket. If you happen to be in an accident, you can call 2-1-1 to reach the police, 3-1-1 to reach the fire department, and 5-1-1 if an ambulance is needed.
Barbados is one of the better islands in the Caribbean with regards to road and driving conditions, so tourists considering renting a car during their trip should have no trouble getting around. The trade off is higher rental prices, but it may be worth it to most for the peace of mind that comes with proper infrastructure.
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