The merits of renting a car in Marigot Bay are plentiful, but there are a number of factors that will influence your decision. If you plan to be on the road driving from site to site for most of your trip, you're traveling with someone who has special needs or in a large party, or you simply like to be in charge of your arrival and departure times, then renting a car is definitely the right choice for you.
Rental cars come in all shapes and sizes in Marigot Bay. If you're traveling with four or less people, want to save some money, and won't be doing any off-roading, an economy car is a great option, while those in a large party should call around for quotes on a van or even a small bus. If you'll be visiting any of the island's natural attractions on your own, a sports utility vehicle would come in handy. No matter which type of vehicle you're searching for, it shouldn't be too difficult to find it in town.
In order to rent a vehicle in Marigot Bay you'll need to pick up a local driver's permit from immigrations in the airport, from the police department in Gros Islet, or from most of the rental agencies. The cost is just $20(USD), but you can skip the fee if you've already got an International Driver's License. You'll also need to be over the age of 25 and have a credit card with enough of a balance available to cover the cost of your entire rental.
The chart below lists the vehicle rental agencies located in this general area.
|Avis George F.L. Charles Airport||(758) 452-2046||George F.L. Charles Airport - 0.8 mi. (1.3 km) North-Northwest of Castries|
|Avis Sandals Regency||(758) 453-2871||Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia - Choc|
|Guy's Car Rental||(758) 451-7885||George F.L. Charles Airport - 0.8 mi. (1.3 km) North-Northwest of Castries|
|Hertz GFL||(758) 452-0680||George F.L. Charles Airport - 0.8 mi. (1.3 km) North-Northwest of Castries|
|(758) 452-2059||Vide Boutielle - Bisse|
...wind around the mountain...
It shouldn't be too difficult for most tourists to get into the groove of driving in Marigot Bay, but there are a few tips to keep in mind. These include the fact that seat belts are required and speed limits are strictly enforced. Perhaps the most important thing to be aware of is the fact that driving is done on the left side of the road like in most of Europe. This may take some getting used to for visitors from North America.
Road conditions vary widely. In some areas they are brand new, paved, and well-marked. In other areas, the government's plans for an infrastructure reboot hasn't reached them yet, and you'll become accustomed to avoiding pot holes and dips in the roads. Near the more mountainous areas of the island the roads are much narrower than other areas, and as they wind around the mountain it can be nerve-wracking to drive on them. A good tip to remember is that you should always honk your horn going around blind corners so that other drivers know you are coming.
happens to be the one gas station we have for which we have information. Find this location in Corinthe, 7.5 mi. northeast of Marigot Bay.
Renting a car isn't for everyone, but for those who will get behind the wheel during their time in Marigot Bay, understanding the rules of the road as well as what it takes to find a rental is an important step in the planning process.
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