Renting a Car on Virgin Gorda

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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.

Renting a Car

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.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
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
Penn's Car Rental (284) 495-5298 The Valley - Virgin Gorda
Speedys Car Rentals Ltd (284) 495-5240 The Valley - Virgin Gorda
Virgin Gorda Car Rental (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.

The Cost of Renting a Car

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.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
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
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
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

Gas Stations

Gasoline can be purchased on either end of Spanish Town, but be prepared to pay for premium. You waill also have some luck at Buck's Grocery Store And Gas Station, which is located near the small avillage of Santu Patia.

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.

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Buck's Grocery Store And Gas Station (284) 495-5423 The Valley - Santu Patia
Gas Station -- Spanish Town
Sol Gas (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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