Thanks to numerous other transportation options, renting a vehicle in Spanish Town is not necessary. Still, many tourists like knowing that they have immediate transportation available to them at all times, and enjoy the adventure of driving around in a foreign country.
Car rentals in Spanish Town very rarely turn out to be cars. Instead, local rental agencies are known for renting out jeeps, trucks, and ATVs that can withstand the driving conditions in some of the island's more remote areas. If you'll be spending all of your vacation in Spanish Town, any vehicle will do, but if you plan on venturing out and exploring other areas of the island, double check with your rental company that you will be getting a vehicle with four wheel drive and good suspension.
As a general rule, renters must be at least 25-years-old and be in possession of a valid driver's license from their home country. This is not law, however, so contact your rental agency if you are under 25. They may be able to work with you, but recognize that it will likely cost you extra, and you will be required to purchase extra insurance. If you'll be staying on the British Virgin Islands for more than 30 days, you'll need to purchase a BVI Driving Permit for $10(USD).
Take a look at the following table for a few rental centers in this area.
|Island Style Jeep Rentals||(284) 495-6300||Spanish Town|
|Virgin Gorda Car Rental||(284) 496-0383||The Valley - Spanish Town|
These companies are locally owned and family run businesses that have been in good standing on the island for many years.
Spanish Town is the center of tourism on Virgin Gorda, and perhaps because of this the roads are very well maintained. Roads here are paved with speed bumps and have directional signs. Some even have stop lights. Speed limits hover around 25 miles per hour, and drivers are cautioned to be aware of pedestrians because there are very few sidewalks and many locals walk from place to place. You'll be able to purchase premium gasoline only on either end of Spanish Town.
Elsewhere on the island, you'll find major roads, such as the ones heading to Gun Creek and Leverick Bay to be similar to those in Spanish Town, while those in the more remote areas of Virgin Gorda won't be paved at all. Instead, they will be comprised of dirt, gravel, and sand. This is where the necessity of having four wheel drive kicks in.
Driving in Spanish Town is done on the left side of the road like in England, and to further make things difficult, livestock is allowed to roam free and will sometimes hold up traffic. Just take your time and have patience with local animals and you should be able to navigate around Spanish Town and the rest of Virgin Gorda without stress.
Since there are only a few service stations around the area, be sure to check the table that follows for some locations.
|(284) 495-5423||The Valley - Santu Patia|
|(284) 494-2107||Spanish Town|
When you want to be in charge of your own transportation during your vacation, a rental car is the best option for you. Due to pleasant road conditions and low rental costs, renting a vehicle in Spanish Town is not only possible, but it is recommended.
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