One of the most important decisions you'll make regarding your stay in Mahaut is whether you'll hire drivers to take you from place to place, or get behind the wheel and navigate the town in a rental car. Renting a car can be the less expensive option, but there is more to consider than cost.
The requirements for renting a car in Mahaut are fairly simple. First, you must be at least 21-years-of-age, though many rental agencies go so far as require that you be 25. You will also need to get your hands on a local driver's permit at ether the rental agency, the airport, or the Traffic Department. They cost $12(USD) and can be bought after you show your driver's license from back home. Then, you are able to drive on the island for one full month.
View the following table for several of the vehicle rental agencies serving Mahaut.
|Accessories-Plus||(767) 440-6073||4 Winston Lane - Roseau|
|Bonus Rentals Roseau||(767) 448-2650||Fond Cole - Roseau|
|Courtesy Rentals Roseau||(767) 448-7763||10 Winston Lane - Roseau|
|Island Car Canefield||(767) 255-6844||Canefield Airport - Canefield|
|Road Runner Car Rentals||(767) 440-2952||Canefield Highway - Roseau|
The cost to rent a vehicle on Dominica is between $50 and $60(USD) a day, plus the cost of insurance, which is $10 to $30(USD) a day, and you will also need to have an available balance of between $800 and $2500(USD) available on a credit card as well This will be your deposit so that if anything should happen to the vehicle, the rental agency is covered.
Tourists are advised to rent vehicles that can handle the rugged terrain, which typically means a Jeep or another sports utility vehicle. You can request automatic or manual transmission, but otherwise every vehicle should come standard with air conditioning, radio, and right hand drive.
The roads in Mahaut are far from developed. Instead of smooth, paved roads, you'll find cracks and pot holes and very few signs guiding you from place to place. Seat belts are not required on the island, but are always recommended thanks to the significant number of accidents seen by narrow, steep, and winding roads that lack guardrails and places to pull over and regroup.
Driving is done on the left side of the road, which is the opposite of what is the norm in the United States, and while this can be an easy switch for most people, in stressful situations it can be hard to remember which side of the road you are supposed to be driving on.
Locals are known for their speedy, reckless driving which includes a lot of tailgating and speeding around you as soon as there is an opening in the road. They can be friendly, too; making sure to honk their horns and flash their lights as they are winding corners as a warning to on-coming traffic. Animals and people can constantly be found in the middle of the road, so be sure to always be on the lookout.
Gas stations are available in pretty much every town, so you won't have to worry about driving in unknown areas an running out of gas, but prices are almost always over $5(USD) a gallon, and be aware that they usually close before sundown.
Check the listing just below that shows some fueling options in this general area.
Driving a car in Mahaut will most certainly be a different experience than what you're used to encountering back in your home town, but for many tourists, it is the best option available to them. If this is true of you, make sure to reserve your vehicle as far in advance as you can so you get exactly the right car for you on your vacation.
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