Car Rentals on Dominica

Rental cars provide travelers with the freedom and flexibility to explore every corner of lush and exotic Dominica

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With a cornucopia of lush landscapes and a constantly changing backdrop of scenery to explore, travelers will have many reasons to get out and discover the tropical beauty of Dominica for themselves. Families and travelers who will be frequently moving to a number of locations visiting attractions on the island should consider renting a vehicle as a means of transportation.

Renting a Car

There are a number of international and local car rental firms on Dominica, allowing travelers to choose from any number of vehicles and rental plans that will secure their own transportation on the island. Both standard and four-wheel-drive vehicles are available for rent.

Take a look at the following table which lists the many local vehicle rental agencies.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Accessories-Plus (767) 440-6073 4 Winston Lane - Roseau
Acs Rent-A-Car (767) 448-0413 High Street - Downtown Roseau
Avis DOM Airport (767) 440-9461 Douglas-Charles Airport - 1.3 mi. (2.1 km) West-Northwest of Marigot
Avis Roseau (767) 448-0413 Downtown Roseau
Best Deal Rent-A-Car (767) 449-9204 15 Hanover Street - Downtown Roseau
Bonus Rentals DOM Airport (767) 448-2650 Douglas-Charles Airport - 1.3 mi. (2.1 km) West-Northwest of Marigot
Bonus Rentals Roseau (767) 448-2650 Fond Cole - Roseau
Budget Canefield (767) 449-2080 Canefield
Budget Marigot (767) 445-7687 Marigot
Courtesy Rentals DOM Airport (767) 445-7677 Douglas-Charles Airport - 1.3 mi. (2.1 km) West-Northwest of Marigot
Courtesy Rentals Roseau (767) 448-7763 10 Winston Lane - Roseau
Discount Rentals Marigot (767) 445-8291 Melville Hall - Marigot
Eagle Car Rentals (767) 245-1686 Copthall - Roseau
Economy Car Rental (767) 449-9559 18 Housing Scheme Bath Estate - Downtown Roseau
Garraway Rent-A-Car (767) 448-2891 17 Old Street - Downtown Roseau
Island Car Canefield (767) 255-6844 Canefield Airport - Canefield
Island Rentals DOM Airport (767) 255-6844 Douglas-Charles Airport - 1.3 mi. (2.1 km) West-Northwest of Marigot
Island Rentals Portsmouth (767) 235-7368 Picard - 1.5 mi. (2.5 km) South of Portsmouth
Jx-Rent-A-Car (767) 445-3498 Picard - Portsmouth
Lindo Park Car Rental (767) 448-2599 13 Federation Drive - Roseau
Quest Auto Rental (767) 440-8006 34 Steber Street - Downtown Roseau
Road Runner Car Rentals (767) 440-2952 Canefield Highway - Roseau
Silver Linings Rentals (767) 445-3802 Michael Douglas Boulevard - Portsmouth
U Save Rent A Car (767) 445-6931 Granby Street - Portsmouth
Valley Rent-A-Car (767) 275-1310 1.2 mi. (1.9 km) Northwest of Marigot

The Cost of Renting a Car

Travelers who wish to rent a car on Dominica must be at least 25 years old and have at least two years of prior driving experience. A valid driver's license is required, and a temporary local permit must be acquired for $30(EC), which converts to approximately $11 to $12(USD) depending on the current rate of exchange. The permit may be obtained at the airports, car rental firms, or at the High Street Traffic Division in Roseau. Rates for rental cars can start as low as $39(USD) per day and go up as high as $79(USD) per day for four-wheel-drive vehicles. Prices can increase during the busy tourist season, though renting for longer periods of time will lower the daily rate. Taxes and fees will also drive up the price of the rental. Collision damage insurance, which does not cover tires or other parts of the car, should be purchased from the rental car agency. This insurance can be purchased for as low as $6(USD) per day for a deductible of $1,200(USD) or for $10(USD) with a deductible of $8000(USD). Baby seats can be supplied by car rental firms for $2(USD) per day. Most rental companies accept major credit cards and can provide airport pickups.

As you can see below, rates can vary widely, with the season and size of the vehicle. The lowest rates displayed are usually only available from the least costly agencies during the off season. The high rates are what you should anticipate when demand is at its peak.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Economy Car $ 20.00 $ 50.00
Mid Size Car $ 40.00 $ 52.00
Pickup Truck $ 40.00 $ 100.00
Light SUV $ 45.00 $ 65.00
Standard SUV $ 48.00 $ 85.00
Heavy SUV $ 75.00 $ 125.00
Mini Van $ 79.00 $ 90.00
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Economy Car $ 125.00 $ 300.00
Light SUV $ 245.00 $ 405.00
Mid Size Car $ 254.00 $ 330.00
Pickup Truck $ 256.00 $ 635.00
Standard SUV $ 266.00 $ 570.00
Mini Van $ 419.00 $ 546.00
Heavy SUV $ 470.00 $ 770.00

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.

Driving on Dominica


As always, the local road and driving conditions tend to be unfamiliar to travelers visiting from outside the Caribbean. Drivers should pay special attention to pedestrians and other drivers on the road. Pedestrians may step into the road, livestock is commonly found meandering across the road, and drivers on Dominica may drive more aggressively than visitors are accustomed to. Drive defensively, and allot plenty of time to reach a destination in order to stay safe on the road.

Drivers stay to the left-hand side of the road. Travelers from North America and mainland Europe should drive cautiously to avoid being caught off guard by this change, especially since the wheel still remains on the left side of the car. Four-wheel-drive vehicles may be required in rural and remote areas of the island or in areas where roads are in need of repair. Roads can be narrow and twisted, and some visitors even have to take a anti-nausea medication to make the drive between Portsmouth and Melville Hall where there are over 250 twists, turns, and curves. Many steep inclines do not have guardrails to protect cars from the deep ravines and cliffs that may line the road. While most roads are paved, not many of them are in very good condition, and potholes, holes, and other unseen obstructions are common. Still, the roads remain crowded and have no place to pull off on the side of the road, so be prepared to start driving and not stop again until you reach your destination. The exception may be the newly created road between Portsmouth and Roseau, which is paved, has road signs and lights (though there are only a few), and even has a line diving the road down the middle.

Road signs outside of the major towns are rare, and travelers should consider investing in a map when driving on the island. Likewise, speed limits are not posted or even enforced except in a few rare instances.  Nighttime driving can also be dangerous because most areas are not lit. Remember to bring your own child safety restraint device if traveling with a young child as the rental car companies will not provide them for you.  When it comes to parking, a spot can be hard to come by, so you'll have to be prepared to park wherever you can and walk.  Locals park facing whichever direction is convenient to them, and rarely do so in a way that is courteous of other drivers. Finally, there should be no trouble finding a gas station when you're driving around the main cities, and they are typically open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Spots to refuel your car in the area happen to be quite available. Check the chart below to find out some locations. the table

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Delices Gas Station -- Delices
Dowasco Pumping Station (767) 440-2958 Goodwill - Downtown Roseau
Gas Cornwall Street -- Downtown Roseau
Gas Michael Douglas -- 0.4 mi. (0.6 km) South of Portsmouth
Lindo Park Service Station (767) 448-2599 Federation Drive - Downtown Roseau
Mcmillan All-In-One -- Wall House
Riverside Gas Station (767) 448-4259 Downtown Roseau
St. Joseph Gas Station -- St. Joseph
Sukie's Gas Bulk Station (767) 449-1992 Canefield
Texaco -- Wall House
Texaco Gas Canfield -- Canefield
Texaco Gas Roseau -- Roseau
Texaco Service Station (767) 446-0146 Castle Bruce
Wade's Gas Station -- Portsmouth
West Indies Gas (767) 449-1352 Canefield

There is a whole world of lush vegetation, meandering rivers, towering peaks, and cascading waterfalls to explore on Dominica. Rental cars allow travelers the autonomy needed to explore these wonders on a whim.


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