The main point of entry into Barbados is the capital city of Bridgetown, which means tourists planning a vacation stay in Holetown will need to make their way north upon arrival. While there are several ways to do so, the well planned and executed network of roadways and short 20 minute drive make renting a car and driving yourself a feasible option.
If you want to rent a car in Holetown, there are a few requirements you should be aware of. The first is your age. Most rental car agencies on the island prefer that their drivers be between the ages of 25 and 65, although exceptions can be made. Some agencies will rent to someone between 21 and 24, however they will charge extra, and others will accept a note from a doctor stating that someone over the age of 65 is of sound mind to drive. Whatever your age, you will need a driver's license from your home town and three years of driving experience.
The next requirement is a local driver's permit. These can be obtained either at your rental car agency, or the local police station. They cost just $5(USD) and are valid for one year, which means if you plan another vacation on the island within 365 days, you can skip this process the next time you visit.
With your Barbados permit in hand, you will be ready to rent a vehicle on the island. Likely, you'll do so at Bridgetown (click here for Bridgetown rental car options); though the bus is an option as well. If you arrive in Holetown before recieving your car, you may be able to get your rental car delivered to you. Regardless of the option you choose, you will probably be working with an agency you have never rented a car from before because there are no international rental car agencies on the island.or at a location near the docks in
Take a look at the following chart for several of the rental agencies serving Holetown.
|Blessed Rentals||(246) 243-1894||Forde's Road Clapham - 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) East-Southeast of Bridgetown|
|Coconut Car Rentals||(246) 437-0297||Bay Street - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Southeast of Bridgetown|
|Jones Garage Car Rentals||(246) 425-6637||Passage Road - Downtown Bridgetown|
|(246) 427-1952||Passage Road - Downtown Bridgetown|
|(246) 823-3087||St. Michael Parish - 1.2 mi. (2.0 km) North-Northeast of Bridgetown|
...most popular rental is a Moke...
The agencies on the island have a good variety of vehicles to rent, whether you prefer a convertible or need a family vehicle; however, the most popular rental is a Moke. Mokes are a unique vehicle, combining the best features of dune buggies, convertibles, and go carts into one to create a sporty little vehicle that can zip around even on the rugged back roads. Rentals typically cost $100(USD) or more, and you'll need to have a few hundred dollars available on a credit card in order to put down a deposit.
Since you might encounter problems coming across gas stations, take a look at the listing right below for an idea where some are located.
|(246) 432-8292||Appleby - 2.1 mi. (3.4 km) South of Holetown|
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|--||Highway 1B - Mullins|
From the variety of rental options to the generally good road conditions, there is plenty to recommend renting a car in Holetown. The best thing you can do for yourself as you plan this portion of your vacation is to call the potential rental agency and ask any questions you may have. With all of your questions answered, you'll likely feel better moving forward in the process of renting a car.
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