As the largest city in the British Virgin Islands, there is plenty to see and do in Road Town. Many tourists find renting a car to be the best option for them because it gives them the freedom to come and go as they please, plus, if you're doing a lot of sightseeing it can be a money saver.
It is common for rental agencies to require that drivers be 25-years-old or older in order to rent a car from them, but this is not always the case. Some allow younger drivers to take the wheel for an extra fee and an extra amount of insurance purchased. To find out for sure, contact your rental agency. In addition to the age requirement, you'll need to produce a valid driver's license from your country of origin, and most rental agencies will also need a credit card number to have on file. This is to protect them in the event that you trash or total their vehicle.
Most of the car rental agencies on Tortola are actually located in Road Town, making it easy for visitor's staying in the city to get to them.
Take a look at this table for the rental agencies in this area.
|(284) 494-8917||Downtown Road Town|
|(284) 494-3137||Downtown Road Town|
|Avis Rent-A-Car Road Town||(284) 494-3322||Botanic Station - Downtown Road Town|
|Courtesy Car Rental||(284) 494-6443||Wickham's Cay I - Downtown Road Town|
|International Car Rentals||(284) 494-2516||Downtown Road Town|
|Itgo Car Rental||(284) 494-5150||Wickhams Cay I - Downtown Road Town|
|(284) 494-3577||160 Main Street - Downtown Road Town|
|(284) 494-3197||Sir Francis Drake Highway - Slaney|
|(284) 494-2999||Road Town|
Renting a car in the Road Town will cost you around $50 to $80(USD) a day; though rates lower significantly the longer the vehicle is in your possession. For a full week, a rental may only cost you between $300 and $500(USD).
Driving in Road Town has its good and bad attributes. For the most part, tourists will have an easy time getting around, thanks to the high level of development in the area. This means that unlike many other locations in the British Virgin Islands, and even on the island of Tortola, the roads are paved and marked with street signs. The difficult part comes for those who are unfamiliar with driving on the left side of the road, and in an unknown locale to top it off. To further confuse things, although driving is on the same side of the road as it is in England, most cars on the island are American and have their steering wheels on the left side of the car.
Check out the table below which lays out the assortment of gas stations in and around Road Town.
|(284) 494-9590||Baughers Bay - Downtown Road Town|
|(284) 495-3348||Downtown Road Town|
|(284) 494-2825||Wickhams Cay I - Downtown Road Town|
Just make sure to take your time and drive slowly until you feel more comfortable behind the wheel. Although this is a busy area of the island, most locals understand that tourists might not have experience with the types of driving conditions that they are used to. Also note, that it is the law that all passengers wear a seatbelt at all times while the vehicle is in motion.
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