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Barbados Car Rental 

A guide to Barbados car rental and car hire


When vacationing in Barbados, hiring a car from one of the Barbados car rental companies is a great way to explore the island’s scenic beauty and unique cultural heritage.Car hire in Barbados has come a long way over the last twenty five years but rentals are not the only means of getting around the island to see the various attractions.

The island has a good mix of transportation at your disposal these include... taxis, private tour buses, limousine services, government transport buses and the privately own mini buses and route taxis (ZR Van). All fantastic services... but you are on your best vacation ever, so getting a rental from a Barbados car hire service is the number one way to see the sites and attractions while going at your own pace.

Although small when compared to some of the other islands Barbados has one of the best network of pave roads to be found anywhere in the Caribbean. This makes your sightseeing adventures enjoyable and fun as you traverse the gently rolling landscape exploring the flora and fauna of this tropical paradise.


Barbados Car Rental

What Type of Car You Can Rent in Barbados

Like all world class destinations you will find plenty of options in Barbados even when hiring a car. You can tour the island in a moke. This is a fun convertible which allows you enjoy the sun while feeling the cooling effects of the gentle north easterly trade-winds on your face.


If you need a rental that is enclosed you can get a small car, a jeep, a small van, a large van, a luxury car or an SUV all with modern features and air-conditioning if it’s ever needed. Now it doesn’t matter which vehicle you choose, just remember the Barbados car rental companies have rules that may appear to be a bit strict but they are for your safety.



What Need For a Car Rental in Barbados

So if you plan to explore the magnificent scenery and character of this lovely island by hiring a car please remember you will need to have a permit. You must also be the holder of a valid driver’s license and be over 25 years old; the cost of the permit is US $5.00 or Bds $10.00.


For added convenience the car rental companies will usually issue you with the permit. In the rear case when the permit is not issued by the Barbados car rental company one can be obtain at the Grantley Adams International airport, the Ministry of Transport, or the police stations at Hastings and Worthing in the parish of Christ Church.


If you are staying on the west coast, the permit can be obtain at the Holetown police station. If you are visitor from North America you will have to get accustom to driving on the left side of the road. You will also have to familiarize yourself with driving a right hand drive vehicle. Many of the vehicles imported into the Caribbean have features that may be slightly different than European or North American models.

With this in mind it is a good idea to pay close attention to the hire car agent as he/she explains the various features in the car you are about to rent. You will also need to take special note of the emergency numbers for the rental car company, most of the cars will be in excellent working condition but in case of a breakdown
you will need to call for road side assistance.


The Barbados car rental companies will also offer add-ons like baby seats, maps, unlimited mileage and free delivery and pick up services at the Barbados airport and seaport, hotels or villas. So get a Barbados car rental and have fun exploring while on the island and remember buckle up it is required by law.


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