With less than one full mile of roadways, you may think that renting a car in St. Lawrence Gap isn't necessary. Still, there are multiple reasons why you might want to consider a rental as a feasible option, including exploring other areas of the island and having a vehicle on hand for whenever you want to go.
Most companies have a wide variety of vehicles, including family sedans, convertibles, sports utility vehicles, vans, and even a Moke. Mokes are the most popular rental in Barbados because they stand out. Mokes are a mix of a dune buggy, convertible, and go cart all mixed together, making it a fun way to get around.
The process for renting a car in Saint Lawrence Gap is not unlike what you'll experience in your home town. There are numerous companies to choose from, all of which are local, so the agency you choose may come down to a place you've had good experiences with before, the cost, or a particular vehicle you're interested in renting.
The chart below lists the rental agencies in the immediate vicinity of Saint Lawrence Gap.
|Blessed Rentals||(246) 243-1894||Forde's Road Clapham - 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) East-Southeast of Bridgetown|
|Coconut Car Rentals||(246) 437-0297||Bay Street - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Southeast of Bridgetown|
|Direct Car Rentals||(246) 420-6372||Balls Plantation - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) East-Northeast of St. Lawrence Gap|
|Express Rent A Car||(246) 428-7845||St. Lawrence Gap|
|(246) 428-7319||St. Lawrence Gap|
|Southern Rentals||(246) 428-7013||Welches|
|Top Car Rentals||(246) 435-0378||Rockley New Road - 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) Southeast of Bridgetown|
|Top Class Car Rentals||(246) 228-7368||23 Regency Park - 1.7 mi. (2.7 km) North-Northwest of St. Lawrence Gap|
In order to rent a vehicle in Saint Lawrence Gap, you will be required to have a local driver's permit. You can get them directly from your rental agency for just $5(USD), but they are also available to any local police station. They are valid for one year, so if you return for a vacation within the next 365 days you won't have to go through the process twice. Make sure to bring your license from home in order to prove you are a suitable driver. Driver's hoping to rent a car must also be between the ages of 21 and 65, and have three years of driving experience. If you are under 25, some agencies will tack an extra fee on to your rental, and if you are over 65, you must bring documentation from your doctor stating that you are capable of driving.
...driving in rural areas...
The biggest complaint about renting a car in Barbados is the cost. Rentals are typically $100(USD) or more a day.
The most important thing for tourists from the United States to remember as they venture out onto the streets of Barbados is that driving is done on the left side of the road like in Europe, though the steering wheel is located on the left side of the car like in America. It can be confusing, and tourists typically end up getting confused in roundabouts that go clockwise, but locals are friendly and understanding, especially when they see the “H” in your license plate, which means you're in a rental. Be aware that local rush hours are between 7:00 and 8:30 a.m. and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., so if you are not yet comfortable driving on local roads, try to avoid them during these busy hours.
Most local roads are well-maintained, but if you're driving in rural areas you may run into streets without sidewalks, street lights, or road signs, and you'll probably encounter a pot hole or two. Keep an eye out for pedestrians, who are known to walk in the street. As you're driving around, you'll notice that speed limits are posted in kilometers rather than miles per hour so you will need to become adjusted to reading kilometers on the odometer. Typical speed limits are 40 kilometers per hour in cities, 60 kilometers per hours in rural areas, and 80 kilometers per hour on major highways. Everyone in every vehicle is required to wear a seat belt, and those under age five must be constrained in the appropriate child safety seat.
With regards to parking, you can only park where there is a sign with the letter “P,” or in designated car parks. Otherwise you will likely receive a ticket.
As a special note: Should an accident occur, you can call the police at 2-1-1, an ambulance at 5-1-1, and the fire department at 3-1-1.
Finding gas as you drive around the island should never be a problem, as each parish has at least one gas station supplied by Rubis, Esso, and Shell. These gas stations also serve as convenience stores, so you can fuel up and pick up a few snacks as well.
While you should have no difficulties finding places to refuel, you should still check out the table that follows to get a picture of where some of them are located.
|Hastings Main Road - 2.5 mi. (4.0 km) Southeast of Bridgetown|
|Oistins Main Road and Oistins Hill - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) East of St. Lawrence Gap|
|Highway 7 - Dover|
|Highway 7 at Worthing Beach - 1.1 mi. (1.8 km) West-Northwest of St. Lawrence Gap|
Will you rent a car in St. Lawrence Gap? There are plenty of pros and cons that could sway you either way, so the choice will likely come down to whether or not you want to be in full control of your every move. If the answer is yes, knowing all that you can about the rental process and driving on the island is exactly what you need to make you feel comfortable pulling the trigger and booking that rental reservation.
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