Renting a Car on St. Kitts

Make your own travel choices by opting for a rental car on St. Kitts and Nevis

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While St. Kitts and Nevis may be one of the smallest nations you will ever visit, securing transportation to take you from place to place is still important while staying on the islands. Renting a car can be a good option for those wanting the freedom to move around at their leisure and to see as much as possible on either island.

Renting a Car

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Although renting a car can be more expensive than other forms of transportation, a car allows for the freedom to explore as much of the island as you wish, at your own pace. For the most part, main roads on both St. Kitts and Nevis  are in good condition. However, drivers who rent cars will need to be aware of poorly lit and poorly marked roads and in some areas will need to avoid the occasional aggressive driver, potholes, and farm animals. Less traveled or remote dirt roads will not be in the same condition as city streets, so those who will be navigating them should consider a four-wheel-drive rental.

Many companies allow for unlimited mileage, but gasoline fees are generally not included. If you want to travel around both St. Kitts and Nevis, consider companies such as Avis or Delisle Walwyn, who offer car exchange services if visiting Nevis.

Check out the following table for many of the rental centers located in this area.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Avis Rent-A-Car (869) 465-6507 Bay Road - Downtown Basseterre
Bookies Auto Rental (869) 465-2573 Wellington Road - Downtown Basseterre
Bullseye Car Rental -- Basseterre
Caines Rent-A-Car (869) 465-2366 Princes Street - Downtown Basseterre
Cool Profile Rent A Car (869) 465-4448 New Road Commercial Site - Ogees
Courtesy Car Rentals (869) 465-7804 Wigley Avenue - Downtown Basseterre
Delisle Walwyn Auto Rentals (869) 465-8449 Liverpool Row - Downtown Basseterre
EeZee Auto Rental (305) 517-5286 Crane Lane - Downtown Basseterre
G & L Car Rentals (869) 466-8041 Frigate Bay Road - Downtown Basseterre
Hanley's Car Rental (869) 465-0545 Bird Rock Industrial Extension - Downtown Basseterre
Hertz Basseterre (869) 465-7822 Basseterre
Hertz Marriott (869) 466-8418 St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino - Frigate Bay
Holiday Car Rentals (869) 466-4893 New Town Bay Road - Downtown Basseterre
Huggins Auto Rentals (869) 466-5254 CAP Southwell Industrial Park - Downtown Basseterre
IAS Auto Rentals (869) 662-4416 Bird Rock Commercial Development - Downtown Basseterre
Ken’s Rental (869) 465-3706 Crab Hill - Sandy Point Town
Sunshine Car Rental (869) 465-2193 Corner of Canyon and Market Streets - Downtown Basseterre
TDC Thrifty Car Rentals (869) 465-2991 West Independence Square Street - Downtown Basseterre
Thrifty Basseterre (869) 465-3160 C.A.P. Southwell Industrial Site - Basseterre
Thrifty Robert L. Bradshaw (869) 465-3160 Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport - Basseterre
Tropical Car Rental (869) 465-4167 Canyon Street - Downtown Basseterre
Williams Auto Rental (869) 465-3977 Pitcairn Street - Downtown Basseterre

Requirements and restrictions can vary. If you are concerned about minimum and maximum age restrictions, insurance requirements and the like, consider contacting each firm directly, before making a final decision.

The Cost of Renting a Car

St. Kitts and Nevis gained full independence from the United Kingdom in 1983, and as a result, drivers stay to the left. All visitors to St. Kitts must obtain a local driver's license at the traffic department on Cayon Street in Basseterre for $25(USD). Visitors to Nevis can visit the police departments at Charlestown, Newcastle, Cotton Ground, or Gingerland to obtain a three-month license for $24(USD). Many car rental agencies will assist you in securing this permit, though most agencies require the hirer to be at least 25 years of age. Also, remember to bring a child safety seat from home if traveling with a small child. Rental car agencies will not provide one for you.

Rental costs range from $30(USD) to $40(USD) per day for cars and $60(USD) to $80(USD) per day for a jeep or four-wheel-drive vehicle. Most companies will also charge a $10(USD) to $15(USD) per day collision insurance fee with deductibles of approximately $950(USD). Other fees will include a 5 percent government tax, and some companies will ask for safety deposits of $400(USD).

Gas Stations

As you drive around the islands, make sure you pay attention to your gas tank.

There is an attractive availability of service stations near the area. Be sure to check the table below to see some locations.

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Central Service Station (869) 465-2821 Victoria Road - Downtown Basseterre
F & H Gas Station -- Basseterre
Old Road Mini Mart (869) 465-2922 Old Road - Ogees
Shell -- Downtown Basseterre
Sol -- Basseterre
Texaco -- Wellington Road - Basseterre

Renting a car on St. Kitts and Nevis is a good option for travelers who prefer to set their own schedules and travel on and off the beaten path at their leisure.

 

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