For many tourists, being in charge of when and where they travel around Virgin Gorda is important. These people will always choose to rent a car, no matter where they travel. When you choose to rent a vehicle on Virgin Gorda, make sure you know the rules of the road on the island and you'll find driving yourself around the island is not difficult at all.
In order to rent a vehicle on the island you must be 25-years-old or older and have a valid credit card from your country of origin. If you'll be staying in the British Virgin Islands for more than 30 days, you'll also need to purchase a $10(USD) BVI Driving Permit.
Despite being a small island of a population of just about 2,500 residents, the roads on Virgin Gorda are some of the best in the British Virgin Islands. All of the major roads around the island are paved and many even have speed bumps. Some roads are narrow and steep, such as the roads to Gun Creek and Leverick Bay, but speed limits are low and remain around 25 miles an hour.
When you're traveling to some of the more remote areas on the island you'll encounter unpaved roads that are comprised mostly of dirt and sand. This is where the four wheel drive will come in handy.
Drivers should be aware that driving is done on the left side of the road, as it is in England, and they should always be on the lookout for pedestrians as there are limited sidewalks, as well as livestock, which is allowed to roam free.
Check out this table if you want more information.
|Hertz Crab Hill Road||(284) 495-5803||Crab Hill Road - Virgin Gorda|
|Island Style Jeep Rentals||(284) 495-6300||Spanish Town|
|Mahogany Rentals & Taxi||(284) 495-5469||South Valley - Virgin Gorda|
|(284) 495-5298||The Valley - Virgin Gorda|
|(284) 495-5240||The Valley - Virgin Gorda|
|(284) 496-0383||The Valley - Spanish Town|
Car rentals on the island will rarely actually be cars, instead, you will be renting a vehicle with four wheel drive and great suspension that can withstand some of the more difficult to manage roads on the island.
When you rent a car on Virgin Gorda, you're purchasing the use of a vehicle for as many days as you need. The longer you have the car, the cheaper your rate will be, but for the most part, you can expect to spend somewhere in the realm of $40 and $80(USD) a day, not including the cost of insurance or any extra amenities you may request.
The following tables provide a general feel for what rental rates to expect. The lowest rates shown are only available from the least costly agencies when plenty of cars are on hand. The highest rates are what you may be quoted during the high season.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Light SUV||$ 58.00||$ 95.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 65.00||$ 90.00|
|Mini Van||$ 75.00||$ 90.00|
|Heavy SUV||$ 80.00||$ 100.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Light SUV||$ 315.00||$ 630.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 420.00||$ 585.00|
|Mini Van||$ 490.00||$ 585.00|
|Heavy SUV||$ 525.00||$ 630.00|
Gasoline can be purchased on either end of Spanish Town, but be prepared to pay for premium. You waill also have some luck at , which is located near the small avillage of .
Since you might come across issues coming across places to refuel, take a look at the chart below to get an orientation of where some are located.
|(284) 495-5423||The Valley - Santu Patia|
|(284) 494-2107||Spanish Town|
If you're planning on doing a lot of touring on Virgin Gorda, save yourself some money and rent a car. Driving conditions on this island are some of the best in the country, and local drivers are courteous, making the whole experience a pleasant one.
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