_Car rental in St Lucia for visitors
_St Lucia is one of the most beautiful and picturesque of the Caribbean islands. Visitors will be wowed by its stunning sights and amazing beaches and, with car rental in St Lucia, every part of the island will be within easy reach.
Getting around St Lucia is easy but do be aware that its roads can present a challenge to drivers – a volcanic island, its terrain is mountainous and so roads are narrow, feature frequent hairpin bends and the occasional pothole and other damage caused by extreme weather.
However, the benefits of picking up a hired car in St Lucia far outweigh any potential hazards and you’ll find a wide range of car rental companies to choose from, including luxury hire, jeep hire and economy rental.
Take to the road
Booking in advance can give you some great deals to take advantage of but if that isn’t possible, don’t worry – the terrific selection of St Lucia car hire means you can arrange a vehicle when you arrive at the airport or your hotel. You can even take a stroll along the main street of your resort to a car rental St. Lucia dealer.
Expect to pay from US$300 to US$400 for weekly car-rental, depending on the type of vehicle you choose and you’ll want to pick one that best suits your trip – 4 wheel-drives and jeep rentals are ideal if you have a sense of adventure and want to head deep into the rainforests spread across the center of the island.
Whatever car you decide on and whatever your budget, you can take to the highways and byways of the island at your own pace in a St. Lucia hired car – perhaps you want to head towards the twin peaks of the Pitons that dominate the landscape; maybe find a desolate sandy beach and soak up the sun; or even drive right into the volcanic crater at Soufriere, the world’s only drive-in volcano!
In St Lucia, driving is on the left and seatbelts must be worn. Bring your own driver’s license with you along with an international driving permit if you are going to take a St. Lucia car rental. You must have your international permit stamped at immigration, which is done free of charge.
If you don’t have an international driving permit, you’ll have to buy a temporary one – pick one up from the immigration department at either of St Lucia’s airports or from any police office.
Renting a car in St Lucia
There are several reasons a St. Lucia rent-a-car is the best option for travelers. The island itself is small enough to get around easily and having your own vehicle gives greater flexibility for visitors who want to sightsee at their own pace. It’s important, however, to do some research before decided which rent-a-car in St Lucia you’re going to go with.
There are three vital matters to take into consideration before you do anything. They are your budget; the kind of car you want to rent; and your age.
If you are under 21 years of age, you are unlikely to be able to rent a car or to drive a St. Lucia rental car that someone else has hired. This is a policy in place at most worldwide car rental firms with few exceptions allowed.
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