Renting a car allows tourists to get from place to place in Cane Garden Bay and elsewhere on Tortola with ease and on their own schedule. With so many rental car agencies on this island, you'll have some work to do deciding who to give your business to.
In the British Virgin Islands, most rental agencies require renters to be 25-years-old or older, and have a valid license from their country of origin. You can contact the company you're renting from to confirm that this is their policy as well. Some will allow younger drivers to rent a car for an extra fee and with the promise that insurance will be purchased. If you'll be staying on the island for more than 30 days, you'll need to purchase a BVI Driving Permit for $10(USD), but your driver's license from back home will be sufficient if your stay will be shorter.
Unfortunately, there are no car rental agencies of note specifically in Cane Garden Bay, though there are some nearby.
The table below lists the rental agencies located in this general area.
|JC Car Rental||(284) 443-8400||Ke Villas - Little Carrot Bay|
|(284) 494-3197||Sir Francis Drake Highway - Slaney|
|(284) 494-2999||Road Town|
A typical rental vehicle will cost between $50 and $80(USD) a day or $300 to $500(USD) a week. This varies not only from location to location, but also from day to day. Car rental agencies will often have promotional prices or package deals if you stay at a particular hotel or use a specific airline to get there.
As the largest and most tourist-driven island in the British Virgin Islands, Tortola also has the most options for visitors to choose from. You'll notice that there are both large, international chains and local companies offering rental cars on the island, which means your first step in narrowing down your options is deciding whether or not to stick with a name you know, or whether you'd like to support a local business. International chains can afford to offer cheaper prices, but local chains tend to offer more personal service. From there, the agency’s location and the cost will likely sway you one way or the other.
Drivers will want to be aware the cars drive on the left side of the road in the British Virgin Islands, and the steering wheel is also situated on the left side of the car, a combination that can take some getting used to. Seasoned tourists often recommend that visitors new to this style of driving avoid driving around Cane Garden Bay when a cruise ship is docked because the area becomes very crowded and difficult to navigate. Local law requires that every person in the vehicle wear a seat belt at all times while the vehicle is in motion.
Because of the popularity of this beach, roads in Cane Garden Bay are well-kept, especially when compared to some other locations in the British Virgin Islands. Still, it is recommended that tourists rent a jeep or truck in case their travels take them down any back roads, or to help with driving in the rain when the roads will undoubtedly become slick.
Because there happens to be only a few places that sell gas near the area, you should take a glance at the chart directly below to find out some locations.
|(284) 494-2825||Wickhams Cay I - Downtown Road Town|
Independent travelers like to be in control of their vacation, and for them, a rental car will always be a necessity. Though Cane Garden Bay does not have any rental car agencies within town limits, rentals are not hard to come by, and are an affordable choice for those who will be doing a lot of sightseeing.
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