Though you might not even need a rental car on the three square mile island of Jost Van Dyke, many tourists like the security of knowing that they have a vehicle available to them at all times. Others may need one if they are traveling with young children or people with special needs. Fortunately, car rentals are available to those who need them.
Rental cars on Jost Van Dyke almost exclusively come in the form of jeeps and trucks. This makes it easier to navigate the sometimes tough terrain. Because the island is so small, there are no international rental car agencies with headquarters here.
Instead, you can rent your vehicle fromin Little Harbour. They offer free drop off and pick up at the ferry terminal, and special rates the longer you rent your vehicle. Contact them at 284-495-9329 or by e-mail at email@example.com. is another option. They are located in Great Harbour and can be contacted at 284-494-9477.
Take a look at this table which shows the available area vehicle rental agencies.
|(284) 495-9329||Jost Van Dyke|
|(284) 495-9477||Paradise Gas Station - Great Harbour|
...roads are hilly and can be muddy...
You must be 25-years-old or older to rent a car here, and if you'll be staying on the island for more than 30 days, you'll need to purchase a $10(USD) BVI driving permit. If you're staying for less time, a valid license from your country of origin will do.
The roads on Jost Van Dyke are not the best, though recent improvements have been made to create paved roads to parts of the island that hadn't previously been accessible in a car. The roads are hilly and can be muddy, which is why you'll only be able to rent a vehicle with four wheel drive and good suspension.
Driving is done on the left side of the road like in England, and the steering wheel is typically located on the left side of the vehicle like in the United States. It can take some getting used to, but the lack of traffic means you don't have to worry about upsetting local drivers as you learn. It is highly likely you'll have the road entirely to yourself as you practice. Road signs are scarce, and locals tend to give directions by naming landmarks.
Because you'll be renting from a local company rather than an international chain, expect to find rentals pricier than elsewhere in the British Virgin Islands, at around $80(USD) a day, or $500(USD) a week. It is also important to be aware that neither company offers insurance on their rentals. Some private car insurance companies include rental vehicles in their policies, so if you have car insurance back home, check with your provider to see if you'll be covered. The upside to renting from locals is that business is more laid back. Whereas you might be expected to provide a credit card number for the company to keep on hand if you're working with an international chain, these businesses are happy to accept cash and send you off on your way.
Driving on Jost Van Dyke is an experience for many drivers who are used to well-lit, paved roads and street signs. But renting a vehicle can be a good way to get around if walking isn't an option for you. Call ahead to reserve your vehicle and you'll enjoy free pick up service when you arrive.
is the one gas station we were able to get for which we have information. Be sure to reach them at (284) 495-9477, or find it in the heart of Jost Van Dyke.
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