Due to Rose Hall's close proximity to Montego Bay, tourists who stay here enjoy all of the public transportation benefits that the bustling city has to offer. Some tourists still feel more comfortable having a vehicle available to them at all times, and will want to rent a car for the duration of their stay. Seasoned Jamaican travelers will recommend that you rent the vehicle to have on hand in case of an emergency, but still utilize public transport as much as possible due to the hazardous road conditions that the area is known for.
The table below shows the rental agencies located in and around Rose Hall.
|Avis Sangster International Airport||(876) 952-0762||Sangster International Airport - Montego Bay|
|Budget Montego Bay||(876) 952-3838||Sangster International Airport - Montego Bay|
|Eastern Car Rental, Ltd. Montego Bay||(876) 971-1297||27 Claude Clarke Ave - Montego Bay|
|Hertz Sangster International||(876) 979-0438||Sangster International Airport - Montego Bay|
|Prospective Rent-a-Car||(876) 952-3524||Sangster International Airport - Montego Bay|
As you peruse the offerings of these agencies, you'll notice that compact Japanese cars are popular and low in cost. This is because the small vehicles make it easy to navigate Jamaica's narrow roadways. This will be a fine choice if you are only renting the vehicle to get you to and from your resort and a restaurant, or to do some shopping, however, if you plan to get out and explore other areas of Jamaica, you may opt to request a vehicle with four wheel drive so that you can be sure you are possession of a machine that can manage the run down pavement.
You'll spend between $35 and $250(USD) a day for a car rental here, including insurance (which is required), the Value Added Tax (V.A.T.). The price mostly reflects the type of vehicle you choose, but added amenities are reflected as well.
In order to rent a car in, you are required to be at least 23 and have a valid driver's license. You will also be asked to present a credit card with a high available balance so that the rental agency can charge a deposit, which will be returned to your account when you return the vehicle. Make sure to read through all the paperwork you asked to sign to make sure there are no hidden fees, and go over the vehicle with an employee so that you can point out any body damage. You don't want to be charged for a scratch that was already there when you picked up your car.
The short 20 minute drive from Montego Bay to Rose Hall will be a great learning experience when it comes to taking on the perilous Jamaican roads. Not only will you experience driving on one of the main highways, but you will have to snake your way through some of the areas back roads as well.
...poor road conditions...
Jamaica's government is responsible for two main roadways, known as A roads and B roads, while each parish is responsible for the smaller roads within their municipality. A roads are main highways that connect the large cities around the island, while B roads connect the rural areas. For years, tourists have complained about the poor road conditions, and the Jamaican government has finally begun to do something about it, but there is plenty still to be done and it will take years to complete. In the mean time, you'll encounter roads that are filled with pot holes, have no traffic lights, and sparse road signs. The B roads are worse off than the A roads, and their danger lies in the narrowness and the blind corners. Always honk your horn as you make your way around a blind corner to warn other possible drivers that you are coming.
On top of the poor road conditions, drivers in Jamaica are very aggressive. They like to speed, and have no problem tailgating and passing to get where they need to go faster. Aggressive driving is the norm here, and this can be unsettling for some drivers. Just try and focus on getting where you need to go safely, and try and ignore those who are not going to same. Seat belts must always be worn not only or safety but because it is the law. Also, keep in mind that driving is done on the left side of the road, which is a new experience for American drivers, but it can be done.
Since you might encounter difficulties coming across places to refuel, view the table that follows for an idea where some can be found.
|(876) 601-5200||Tucker Granville - 2.8 mi. (4.5 km) Southeast of Montego Bay|
Driving in Jamaica can be intense, but renting a car is not so. Just a few requirements and your payment will have you on the road in no time.
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