Renting a Car on St. Croix

Many tourists prefer to rent a car for their trip to the island of St. Croix

Photo credit: © Paul Hildebrandt

There are multiple ways to get around the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, and tourists will have to decide before they arrive which form they will use as their main source of transportation. Those who are traveling in medium or large groups, who plan to do a lot of self-guided sightseeing, and who like to be in control of their own transport are the perfect candidates for renting a car.

Renting a Car

On St. Croix rental cars are mainly located in and around the airport in Christiansted, near the cruise port terminal in Frederiksted, and throughout the middle of the island, which locals have termed “mid-island.” In each location there are both big name international rental car agencies like Budget Rent A Car and Avis as well as some local places that are well recommended. Regardless of the owners, nearly every rental car agency on the island offers free pick up and drop off from the airport, the cruise port, and some ferry docks, as well as car delivery to your hotel.

The chart below shows the rental agencies in this general area.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Avis Christiansted (340) 713-1347 1210 Watergut - Downtown Christiansted
Avis Frederiksted (340) 778-9365 70 D King Street - Frederiksted
Avis Rent A Car- Henry Rohlsen Airport (340) 778-9355 Henry E Rohlsen Airport - 5.5 mi. (8.8 km) East of Frederiksted
Avis Rent A Car- St. Croix (340) 778-9365 Henry E Rohlsen Airport - St. Croix
Budget Cars Frederiksted (340) 778-4663 Chant Building - Frederiksted
Budget Rentals Christiansted (888) 264-8894 Henry E Rohlsen Airport - Christiansted
Centerline Cars Christiansted (340) 713-0550 Watergut Street - Downtown Christiansted
Centerline Cars La Reine (340) 778-0450 3 Estate La Reine - 4.8 mi. (7.8 km) West of Christiansted
Gold Mine Car Rental (340) 773-0299 1104 Strand Street - Downtown Christiansted
Hertz St. Croix (888) 248-4261 Henry E Rohlsen Airport - 5.5 mi. (8.8 km) East of Frederiksted
Olympic Rent-A-Car (340) 718-3000 1103 Richmond - Christiansted
Preferred Car Rentals (340) 778-9744 Henry E Rohlsen Airport - 5.5 mi. (8.8 km) East of Frederiksted
Skyline Car Rental (340) 719-5990 218 Estate La Reine, Kingshill - Alexandria
Tonn Motor Corporation (340) 773-1516 16 Richmond - Christiansted
Tourism Industries Inc (340) 778-7720 Henry E Rohlsen Airport - 5.7 mi. (9.1 km) East of Frederiksted

There are a few things you'll need in order to rent a vehicle on St. Croix, including a driver's license and a credit card. Additionally, you will have to be over the age of 25 to rent a vehicle on St. Croix for insurance purposes. Some rental car agencies may be willing to work with you on the age, but it will likely cost you more and additional insurance will need to be added on to your rental agreement.

The Cost of Renting a Car

What you'll find when it comes to renting a vehicle on St. Croix is that although you'll be able to rent almost every type of vehicle you like from a coupe to a van, the best option for the island is a jeep or sports utility vehicle with excellent suspension. Prices range, depending upon the make and model and added amenities, between $30 and $120(USD) a day, with around a 15 percent discount if you rent the vehicle for a week or more. During the off-season, prices are at the lower range, and you will often hear of specials like a week-long rental for $99(USD).

This next set of tables offer a rough indication of what rental rates to expect. The low rates in the tables are usually only available from the least costly local firms during the off season. The highest rates are what you should anticipate at one of the busiest firms during the peak season.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Economy Car $ 35.00 $ 50.00
Compact Car $ 37.00 $ 58.00
Mid Size Car $ 38.00 $ 65.00
Light SUV $ 47.00 $ 85.00
Full Size Car $ 48.00 $ 81.00
Standard SUV $ 48.00 $ 115.00
Mini Van $ 57.00 $ 92.00
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Mid Size Car $ 43.00 $ 678.00
Economy Car $ 175.00 $ 566.00
Compact Car $ 215.00 $ 635.00
Standard SUV $ 275.00 $ 625.00
Full Size Car $ 278.00 $ 788.00
Light SUV $ 282.00 $ 505.00
Mini Van $ 342.00 $ 930.00

Gas Stations

Driving on St. Croix is quite a varied experience. In large towns like Frederiksted and Christiansted, you will encounter mostly paved roads with streets signs and stop lights, but when you begin to venture elsewhere you'll experience pot holes and many roads that are not even paved. Instead, a mixture of dirt, gravel, and sand is used to carve out the roadway. There are limited sidewalks, even in the well-populated areas of the island, so keep an eye out for pedestrians, and it is not uncommon to encounter livestock in the middle of the road. Proceed with caution in these situations and allow the animals to take their time and cross.

Despite being a U.S. territory, driving is done on the left side of the road, just like in most of Europe. Yet, because the vehicles are imported from the states, the steering wheel is typically positioned on the left side of the vehicle. It should not take too long to adjust to this awkward driving style, and locals are used to foreigners practicing their newfound driving skills, and are generally very amiable about it. It can be difficult to get straight directions from a local islander because of the lack of road signs. They tend to use landmarks that you may or may not be familiar with, so don't be afraid to ask them to explain themselves. Some tourists have reported that a portable GPS system has been helpful to them.

View the chart below that shows a few fueling options in and around St. Croix.

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Budget Gas Station -- Golden Rock
Gateway Gas -- 2.5 mi. (4.1 km) South West of Christiansted
La Reine Gas -- 4.8 mi. (7.8 km) West of Christiansted
Ziggy's Service Station (340) 7736-8382 Ziggy's Island Market - 4.6 mi. (7.4 km) East of Christiansted

Renting a vehicle on St. Croix is easy to do and a great option to have for getting around. Whether you're on the island for a quick tour or you're staying for an extended amount of time, renting a car has its merits.


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