Orient Bay Rental Cars

Get behind the wheel and see Orient Bay at your own pace with a rental car

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.

Renting a Car

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. 

Review this table which lists many of the area vehicle rental agencies.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Alamo Car Rental (059) 029-2732 Blue Bay Mont Vernon - Mont Vemon
Automax Car Rental (069) 035-4075 Orient Bay
Budget Rent A Car (059) 087-3822 Cul de Sac - French Cul de Sac
Hertz L'Esperance (059) 077-7777 L'Esperance Airport - Grand-Case
National Car Rental (059) 029-2732 Mont Vernon - Mont Vemon
Thrifty SFG (059) 029-2424 L'Esperance Airport - Grand-Case

The Cost of Renting a Car

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 in Orient Bay

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 are are not many places that sell gas near the area, you should take a look at the table that follows to see some locations.

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Best Buy Gas (059) 087-7037 Quartier d'Orleans - 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) South West of Orient Bay
Cadisco -- 2.8 mi. (4.4 km) North of Oyster Pond
Gas Station -- Rue de la Hollande - Downtown Marigot
Injection Marine (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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