Renting a car is often the most convenient option for vacationers who will not only spend a lot of their time visiting local attractions, but who prefer to have a vehicle available to them at all times. Prices for rentals here are low, so even those who are on a budget will likely be able to afford the expense.
The types of vehicles available at Dickenson Bay rental agencies vary, but the most popular car is a Toyota Tercel. These vehicles are light in color to keep the inside of the vehicle cool in intense heat and have automatic shifting. Heat is not necessary and rarely comes equipped, but air conditioning is a must. Make sure to check that the air works before you take off, and also that tires are inflated and the brake lights and turn signals are in working order. Of course, you can request to rent a different vehicle at a higher cost. The Tercel will do the job and get you where you need to go, but a vehicle with four-wheel drive will be necessary if you hope to do a lot of exploring.
When you land at the airport in Antigua, you have the option of renting a vehicle then and there, or taking a shuttle provided by your accommodations in Dickenson Bay and pick up your rental in town.
Review this table which identifies the many different local vehicle rental agencies.
|Hertz Heritage Quay||(268) 481-4400||Heritage Quay Terminal - St. John's|
|(268) 462-1575||Alfred Peters Street - St. John's|
|Paradise Car Rental||(268) 462-9780||Rex Resorts Halcyon Cove - Dickenson Bay|
|(268) 462-0766||Fort Road - St. John's|
|(268) 729-0140||Fitzroy Road - Redcliffe Quay|
|(268) 461-3746||1309 Anchorage Rd - St. John's|
...be on the lookout for livestock...
When you get behind the wheel in Dickenson Bay, you'll quickly discover that driving here is a bit different than what you may experience back home. For starters, traffic moves on the left side of the road, which will be a departure from what North American drivers are used to.
The other differences come down to road conditions. Although the roads within towns like Dickenson Bay are navigable, they are not the best. You'll find cracks, dips, and pot holes to be common, as well as a lot of ditches and drop offs. These roads may have street lights at night, but definitely nowhere near as many or as well lit as you'll find in Europe, Canada, and the United States, and traffic signals and road signs are sparse. Popular establishments like hotels and restaurants have taken to posting their own directional signs, but if you are on the hunt for an attraction like, you may have to rely on directions given by a local that includes a lot of landmarks rather than road names. Outside of town, paved roads may not even exist at all. Instead, you'll find dirt or sand paths leading the way. Regardless of where you're driving, be on the lookout for livestock. It is not uncommon to come across a herd of cow slowly crossing the street, and the only thing you can really do is wait them out.
On top of road conditions, you'll also have to contend with what can only be described as the poor training of local drivers. The speed limit is 20 miles per hour in town and 40 miles per hour out of town, but locals tend to take this as a suggestion and are always in a hurry. They have no problem tailgating and then overtaking you, even on crowded and narrow roadways. Don't fear taking your time and going as slowly as you need to go as you learn the driving style here. The “R” on the license plate will make locals aware that you are driving a rental and they will typically cut you some slack.
The cost will be around $40 and $50(USD) a day, with discounts available to those who rent for a week or longer. In addition to the cost of the rental, you will also have to pitch in a one time $20(USD) fee to pay for a local temporary driver's license even if you are in possession of an International Driver's License. Rental car agencies will issue them for $20(USD) or less. Others will offer them for free, but the cost of your rental will typical absorb the cost.
Check the chart below for a list of local rental agencies and their contact information so you can confirm the price.
Gas stations are plentiful on this small island, and all offer full service, which means the attendant will come out and pump your gas, wipe your windshield, and perhaps check that there is enough air in your tires. This attentive service is the type of behavior that islanders are known for, which is just another added bonus of renting a vehicle in Dickenson Bay.
Since you may come across problems coming across places to refuel, take a look at the listing below for an orientation of where some of them can be found.
|--||Downtown St. John's|
|(268) 462-1464||Fort Road - St. John's|
There are numerous reasons why someone might want to rent a car for their vacation in Dickenson Bay. Whatever your reason, you'll find the process of renting a vehicle here to be easy and efficient.
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