When it comes to local transportation, seasoned tourists would recommend that you rent a car for your stay in St. Francois. This is because the cost of taking a taxi is expensive to say the least, and there is much to be seen in and out of town that will encourage you to stay on the go.
For most visitors, the car rental process begins as soon as they land at the airport in Pointe a Pitre. Others want to avoid driving in a foreign country without getting the lay of the land first, and so will take a taxi to St. Francois, and rent a car from a more local agency. There, you'll be able to rent a car with just your official driver's license and a deposit.
Check the following chart for the rental agencies serving Saint-Francois.
|Gwada Loisirs||(059) 084-5213||Saint-Francois|
|(059) 088-6978||Downtown St. Francois|
|(059) 047-1064||Village Club Sainte-Anne - 10.2 mi. (16.4 km) East of Pointe A Pitre|
|(059) 085-4961||8.8 mi. (14.1 km) East of Pointe A Pitre|
|(059) 088-8054||14.5 mi. (23.3 km) East of Pointe A Pitre|
|(059) 047-0016||Village Club Sainte-Anne - 10.2 mi. (16.4 km) East of Pointe A Pitre|
|(888) 749-8227||18.0 mi. (29.0 km) East of Pointe A Pitre|
Local car rental rates with vary here just as they would anywhere else according to the season, the type of vehicle you rent, and based on any promotions local agencies have to offer. As a general rule, you can expect to spend somewhere in the realm of $30 and $100(USD) a day.
The roads in St. Francois are known to be good, so you don't have to worry too much about driving in an unfamiliar place. There will be a few dirt roads to navigate when you're out exploring the more rural areas, and make sure to bring a map because road signs and street lamps are rare. Traffic moves on the right side of the road, just like it does in the United States.
Renting a car is not always a top recommendation in the Caribbean, but it does remain so in St. Francois. Take the opportunity to strike out on your own to explore the beauty of this natural island and you'll be glad you decided to choose this form of transportation to get around.
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