Renting a car is a great option for tourists who will be filling their days with tours of the island because it gives you the freedom to come and go as you please, plus will typically end up being the money saving option. There are lots of variables to consider as you being planning this form of transportation as your main source, so read on for an overview of what is involved.
As you begin the process of renting a car for your stay in Dennery, take into consideration all of the activities you plan to participate in. If you will try and squeeze in visits to as many of the island's natural attractions as possible, you may want to try and see if a sports utility vehicle is available so that you will never have any trouble navigating those roads that are off-the-beaten-track. If your plans are a little less rugged, you'll likely be fine with a standard and even economy car. Meanwhile, those who are traveling in large parties should look for rental agencies that have vans and maybe even small buses available for rent. If you're someone who shines to the idea of a little adventure, you'll be happy to learn that there are even e few places in town with scooter and motorcycle rentals. Although the topography of this area doesn't make motorcycles your best option for daily travel, it can be fun to rent one for a few hours to zip around town.
When you arrive in St. Lucia, you'll need to pick up a local driver's permit unless you are in possession of an International Driver's License. The cost is $20(USD) and you can do this at the immigration office in the airport, from the police station in Gros Islet, or from the agency you are renting with. Additionally, you must be over the age of 25 in order to rent a car here.
View this table that shows some of the area rental agencies.
|Avis Sandals Regency||(758) 453-2871||Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia - Choc|
|Guy's Car Rental||(758) 451-7885||George F.L. Charles Airport - 0.8 mi. (1.3 km) North-Northwest of Castries|
|Hertz GFL||(758) 452-0680||George F.L. Charles Airport - 0.8 mi. (1.3 km) North-Northwest of Castries|
|(758) 452-2059||Vide Boutielle - Bisse|
Several variables come into play as the cost of your rental is determined. First, where you rent from may make a difference. In general, you'll find better deals at local agencies, but many tourists feel that going with a name they recognize is worth the extra $5 to $10(USD) a day. When you visit will have an effect as well. You can find savings of up to 30 percent if you visit during the off season, or if you happen to find a holiday special. Package deals that include air travel, accommodations, and rental cars will also bring the price down, and the longer you rent, the lower your daily rate will be.
Visitors from North America will find that driving in Dennery takes a little getting used to, thanks to the fact that traffic flows on the left side of the road like it does in most of Europe. Most visitors are able to quickly adapt to this by simply following other drivers on the road, but make sure to drive slowly and cautiously until you feel more comfortable. You may upset a few locals in a hurry, but as the old adage goes, it is better to be safe than sorry.
The roads on St. Lucia are in the middle of being completely overhauled to make it easier for both locals and tourists to get around. In some places, you'll find narrow, winding roads that make people prone to motion sickness wary, while in others you'll encounter smooth pavement, guard rails, and easy to understand road signs. In the more congested areas of Dennery is where you'll find the best roads, but because this is a quiet fishing town surrounded by a nature reserve, there are still country roads that need a lot of work. The two most important things to remember when you're driving to Dennery is to stick to the posted speed limit, and to honk your horn when you're going around a blind corner to warn other drivers that you're there.
Whatever your reason for renting a car for your stay in Dennery, you'll find the process to be easy and it will only get easier as the country continues to improve on its roads and overall driving conditions. Make sure you take the time to go over all of your options, call around for quotes, and by the time you're ready to book you'll know you're making the right decision.
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