St. Lucia Rental Cars

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.

Maps

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.

Check the following table if you want more information.

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
Avis Pigeon Island (758) 450-8969 1.7 mi. (2.7 km) North-Northwest of Rodney Bay
Avis Sandals Regency (758) 453-2871 Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia - Choc
Beez Car & Jeep Rental (758) 451-3029 American Drywall Plaza Unit 19 Vide Boutielle - Rodney Bay
Budget St. Lucia (758) 452-9887 Rodney Bay
C A S S Car & Jeep Rentals (758) 450-5277 Beausejour Road - 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 - Rodney Bay
Drive-A-Matic Car Rental (758) 452-0544 Commercial Boulevard - Rodney Bay
E Zee Rent A Car (758) 450-1001 Rodney Bay
Economy Car Rental (758) 450-0293 Rodney Bay
Elite Auto Rentals (758) 451-2424 The Village Inn & Spa - Rodney Bay
Envirorite Car & Jeep Rentals (758) 459-5039 Soufrière
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
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
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
Vacation & Corporate Rentals (758) 452-9404 Rodney Bay
We Rent Autos (758) 452-0288 2nd Floor Colette Building #9 Lawjanv Crescent Commerical Boulevard - Rodney Bay

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.

As shown below, prices vary with the season. The lowest rates displayed are usually only available from the lowest cost firms during the slowest times of the year. The high end of the range is what you might need to pay during the peak 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.

While you should not have any problems coming across places to refuel, you still may want to view the listing just below to get an orientation of where some of them can be found.

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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