Many tourists find a great deal of joy in getting behind the wheel and taking the time to explore all that a country foreign to them has to offer. Not only will you be in charge of where you go and when you leave to get there, but when you rent a car on Grand Turk, you can explore every off the beaten path spot you could dream of finding.
Because there is no public transportation on Grand Turk, several resorts offer free transportation around the island to their guests. If this is true of the you're staying at, you won't have much need for a rental. However those staying in locations where transportation is not offered, and who plan to do a lot of exploring, a rental is a necessity when you want to avoid paying for a taxi.
In order to rent a car on the island, you must be at least 21 and possess a driver's license from your home town. It is the choice of some agencies not to allow anyone under the age of 25 to rent with them, so if you are between 21 and 24, make sure to call and confirm that you will be permitted to rent a vehicle with your agency of choice. Once you have confirmed that you are of age, you need but only show up and pick up your vehicle when the day comes to do so. Of special importance on Grand Turk is the need to reserve your rental car in advance. When cruise ships are docked on the south side of the island, rentals are in short supply, so you will definitely want to ensure that this will not effect your vacation.
Take a look at the following chart which identifies some of the area vehicle rental agencies.
|(649) 946-2196||Grand Turk|
|Grace Bay Rentals Grand Turk||(649) 941-8500||Grand Turk|
|(649) 946-1879||Cockburn Town|
|(649) 331-7429||Grand Turk Cruise Center - 2.1 mi. (3.4 km) South of Cockburn Town|
Expect to spend anywhere between $40 and $150(USD) a day renting a vehicle on Grand Turk. The type and size of the vehicle you reserve, as well as any extra amenities and deals the agency may have going on will come into play when it comes to determining your final price, and do know that the longer you rent, the lower your daily rate will be. In addition to the daily rate, you will also be required to pay a $16 government tax, and insurance is recommended at between $10 and $20(USD).
Various companies will sometimes charge very different rates so it may be worth the effort to get quotes from several firms. The lowest rates are usually only available from the lowest cost firms during the off season. The high rates are what you can anticipate during the busiest time of year.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Economy Car||$ 35.00||$ 45.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 40.00||$ 70.00|
|Light SUV||$ 75.00||$ 72.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 120.00||$ 150.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Economy Car||$ 210.00||$ 270.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 240.00||$ 420.00|
|Light SUV||$ 450.00||$ 552.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 720.00||$ 900.00|
On a final note, make sure to bring the appropriate child safety seat along with you if you are traveling with a youngster, because very few agencies have them on hand.
...simply how they handle driving here...
Before getting behind the wheel in Grand Turk, make sure to familiarize yourself with local driving laws. To start with, traffic here moves on the left side of the road, like in England, which is a fact that can be confusing because most cars have left hand drive. There are also a few road signs you may not be familiar with, such as the one indicating there is a roundabout up ahead, that there is no passing on a particular road, and that the stretch of land you're driving on is known for low-flying planes.
There is an island-wide speed limit of 20 miles per hour, though you'd be hard pressed to find a local that actually abides by it. People who live on Grand Turk are known for erratic behavior behind the wheel, often tailgating, and looking for any chance to pass the car in front of them so they can speed up and get on their way. Don't take offense to this. It is not a sign of disrespect, simply how they handle driving here.
Roads on Grand Turk are some of the best in the island chain, though you may encounter a pot hole here and there. Road signs are prevalent, though there are no stop lights.
Because there happens to be a few service stations around the surrounding area, be sure to take a glance at the listing just below to gain a better feel for the situation.
|0.8 mi. (1.3 km) North of Cockburn Town|
|0.8 mi. (1.2 km) North of Cockburn Town|
So long as you reserve your vehicle before a cruise ship passenger gets their hands on it, you should have no trouble renting a vehicle on the capital island.
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