Orient Bay is the type of destination tourists choose simply because they want to spend their days right on the beach and not do much else. On occasion, someone will get bit by the bug and want to spend some time exploring the cultural and natural attractions that surround them on both the French and Dutch side of the island. When this happens, having a rental car on hand makes getting up and exploring easy to do.
The rules for renting a car in Orient Bay are fairly lax. You need to be over the age of 25, have an international driver's license, and have the means to pay. If you have these three things in order, you should have no trouble procuring a rental. They are readily available at the airports and cruise ship terminals, but there are a small number in town to rent from as well. Most agencies offer the courtesy of bringing the vehicle to you at your hotel, or shuttling you to the agency where you can fill out the necessary paperwork.
View the following chart which identifies many of the area vehicle rental agencies.
|(059) 029-2732||Blue Bay Mont Vernon - Mont Vemon|
|Automax Car Rental||(069) 035-4075||Orient Bay|
|(059) 029-2732||Mont Vernon - Mont Vemon|
|(059) 050-8177||Horizon Pinel - Cul De Sac|
|(059) 054-7176||80 Route de Cul de Sac - French Cul-de-Sac|
|(059) 087-3543||Cul de Sac - Cul De Sac|
If you request the most basic model vehicle without insurance, you could spend as low as $30(USD) a day for a rental vehicle here. Of course, prices increase the bigger the vehicle and the more amenities you request. Expect to spend about $10(USD) a day for insurance.
Driving conditions in Orient Bay are good. The roads are generally well-cared for, though they can be narrow and lined with parked cars. Additionally, local drivers tend to be friendly and courteous. Road signs can be difficult to follow, but traffic moves on the right side of the road and if you follow the lead of other drivers you should get by just fine. Be sure to buckle up and put children in the appropriate safety seat, as is the law.
The nearest gas station is just outside of Orient Bay, and there are plenty around the island. Make sure you have cash on hand, because very few accept credit or debit cards as payment.
As there happens to be a few places that sell gas around Orient Bay, be sure to check out the table directly below to see some of their locations.
|(059) 087-7037||Quartier d'Orleans - 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) South West of Orient Bay|
|--||2.8 mi. (4.4 km) North of Oyster Pond|
|--||Rue de la Hollande - Downtown Marigot|
|(059) 087-7076||Anse Marcel|
If you're considering renting a car for your entire stay in Orient Bay, or even just a few hours, all signs point this being a great destination to do so. From the price to the road conditions, everything works in the favor of visitors who don't want any hassle getting on the road.
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