Rental Cars on St. Lucia

Car rentals on St. Lucia offer visitors the chance to take the driver's seat

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With a variety of rental companies and vehicle models to choose from, St. Lucia gives travelers the keys to paradise. Visitors can find rental companies at the Hewanorra International Airport at Vieux Fort and at the Vigie Airport near Castries, as well as other locations on Gros Islet and Soufrière. Travelers have a choice of several reputable companies including some smaller island-based providers.


Due to an undertaking by the St. Lucian government, the island is no longer hampered by difficult road conditions that were once a mainstay of local travel. St. Lucia made improving island roadways a priority in 2001, carrying out key renovations on 16 major roads, 49 miles of farm access roads, and 200 primary and tertiary roads. There have been significant improvements to drainage conditions throughout the island, and several new bridges have been constructed. These improvements mean that touring this mountainous island paradise by car is easier than ever.

Renting a Car

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 table below lists the vehicle rental agencies in the immediate vicinity of St. Lucia.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Adventure Leisure Car Rental (758) 452-0777 Rodney Bay
Avis Bay Gardens (787) 453-1356 Rodney Bay Village - Gros Islet
Avis Coconut Bay (758) 454-6988 Vieux Fort
Avis George F.L. Charles Airport (758) 452-2046 George F.L. Charles Airport - 0.8 mi. (1.3 km) North-Northwest of Castries
Avis Hewanorra Airport (758) 454-6325 Hewanorra International Airport - Vieux Fort
Avis Palm Haven Hotel (758) 458-0631 Palm Haven Hotel - Rodney Bay
BelleCarib Car Rentals (758) 729-9083 Hewanorra International Airport - Vieux Fort
Budget St. Lucia (758) 452-9887 Rodney Bay
Cool Breeze Jeep & Car rental (758) 459-7729 Soufrière
Cost less Rent-A-Car (758) 450-3416 Darling Road - Rodney Bay
Courtesy Car Rentals (758) 452-8140 Bois D'Orange - Corinthe
Dezi Car Rentals (758) 450-2222 Rodney Bay
Drive-A-Matic Car Rental (758) 452-0544 Commercial Boulevard - Rodney Bay
Economy Car Rental (758) 450-0293 Rodney Bay
Elite Auto Rentals (758) 451-2424 The Village Inn & Spa - Rodney Bay
Guy's Car Rental (758) 451-7885 George F.L. Charles Airport - 0.8 mi. (1.3 km) North-Northwest of Castries
Hertz GFL (758) 452-0680 George F.L. Charles Airport - 0.8 mi. (1.3 km) North-Northwest of Castries
Hertz Hewanorra (758) 452-0680 Hewanorra International Airport - Vieux Fort
Hertz John Compton Highway (758) 452-0680 57 John Compton Highway - Castries
Hot Sports Car Rental (758) 452-0030 Rodney Bay
Luxury Car Rental (758) 450-4192 Rodney Bay Gros Islet - Muirton
National Car Rental (758) 450-8721 Hewanorra International Airport - Vieux Fort
Rasco (758) 452-9092 Bois D'Orange - 1.1 mi. (1.8 km) South West of Rodney Bay
Rent A Ride Car Rental -- Rodney Bay
St. Lucia National Car Rental Services (758) 450-8670 Massade Gros Islet Highway - Downtown Castries
Thrifty George Charles Airport (758) 451-6150 Near George Charles Airport - Castries
Thrifty Hewanorra (758) 451-6150 Near Hewanorra Airport - The vicinity of Vieux Fort
Wayne's Motorcycle center (758) 452-2059 Vide Boutielle - Bisse

Visitors must obtain a temporary permit in order to drive on St. Lucia. The cost is EC$54, or $20(USD), and the permit is good for three months. A temporary permit can be obtained through car rental companies, the local police, or the immigration desks at either of St. Lucia's airports. Visitors who have an international driving permit do not need to purchase the temporary permit, but the international permit must be stamped at immigration.

The Cost of Renting a Car

Rentals from most of the major providers range from $50(USD) to $60(USD) per day. Cars or sport-utility vehicles with four wheel drive are available at several of the local rental companies where rates start at $45(USD) to $50(USD) per day, depending on the size of the vehicle. Few providers offer unlimited mileage.

Renting a vehicle by the week can help travelers save money. Most rental companies give discounts for reservations of three days or more. Weekly rental rates range from $295(USD) to $390(USD) depending on the type of vehicle and the company. Visitors who choose to purchase insurance will pay an additional $15(USD) to $20(USD) per day.

Individual agencies can charge different rates so it can be worth your while to get multiple quotes. The low rates in the tables are typically only available from the least expensive agencies during the slowest times of the year. The highest rates are what you may be quoted during the high season.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Compact Car $ 45.00 $ 100.00
Economy Car $ 47.00 $ 90.00
Full Size Car $ 60.00 $ 75.00
Light SUV $ 60.00 $ 120.00
Mid Size Car $ 63.00 $ 89.00
Standard SUV $ 74.00 $ 160.00
Mini Van $ 90.00 $ 265.00
Full Size Van $ 109.00 $ 115.00
Heavy SUV $ 115.00 $ 182.00
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Compact Car $ 270.00 $ 590.00
Economy Car $ 285.00 $ 590.00
Full Size Car $ 360.00 $ 500.00
Light SUV $ 360.00 $ 720.00
Mid Size Car $ 375.00 $ 575.00
Standard SUV $ 460.00 $ 1050.00
Mini Van $ 540.00 $ 1650.00
Full Size Van $ 700.00 $ 755.00
Heavy SUV $ 735.00 $ 1225.00

Driving on St. Lucia

Cars are driven on the left side of the road on St. Lucia. Visitors should take care to observe speed limits, especially in the capital city of Castries, where the maximum legal speed is 30 mph.

You will find an attractive offering of gasoline stations around this area. View the list below to see some locations.

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Paul's Gas Station (758) 452-4359 L'Anse Road - Downtown Castries
R & Zee's Service Station (758) 455-1029 Laborie
Shell Gros Islet Petrol Station & Convenience Store (758) 450-8028 - Rodney Bay
Shell Service Station (758) 454-6381 Vieux Fort
Texaco -- Corinthe
Texaco Gas Station (758) 452-8223 Rodney Bay

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