Barbados Car Rental Guide
Renting a car in Barbados is easy as there are so many car rental companies, each featuring multiple types of vehicles.
One of the most popular Barbados car rentals is the Moke, if you’ve never been to Barbados before, or have never heard of a Moke; you absolutely must try one out. It’s sort of like a dune buggy, a go-cart, a convertible and a car, all kind of mixed to form a Moke, a genuinely novel idea, and probably extremely different to what you drive at home.
Of course, we do have other options for rental cars from convertibles to sedans, to an economy class, minivans, and SUVs.
There are a few rules, however, when renting a car in Barbados. Drivers must have a local driver’s license which can be obtained from most car rental offices, or from any local Police Station. These permits are valid for a full year so come back often and make good use of it.
All drivers must be between the ages of twenty-one and sixty-five with a minimum of three years driving experience, sometimes drivers between the ages of twenty-one and twenty-five may have to pay more to rent a car in Barbados.
All car rental companies have their own set of rules and regulations. Therefore you should inform yourself before signing for the rental upon collecting the car in Barbados.
If the vehicle you have ordered is unavailable for whatever reason, you’ll be given another similar car from the same class. If no cars are available in the class you choose, they will offer you an upgrade to a car in a higher class to what is available.
Barbados Driving Tips
– Driving in Barbados is done on the left side of the road!
– Seat belts are compulsory!
– A honk of a horn is usually a warning, or an “excuse me, here I come,” but is often a “hello” to a passing friend.
– Bajan rush-hour is generally from 7:00-8:30 am and from 4:30-5:30 pm. Don’t get caught!
– When someone flashes their lights at you when you are at a junction it usually means “after you.”
– The roundabout system of lanes is: If you are taking the first left exit off the roundabout you stay in the left lane, for all other exits off the roundabout you should remain in the right lane. Always give way to your right at the roundabout. For a detailed guide of maneuvering around Barbados roundabouts, please view the animation at the bottom of this page.
– Visitors to the island are easily identifiable on the road by the ‘H‘ number plate. Locals are usually accommodating of your confusion with directions, roundabouts, road signs, etc…, and make allowances!
– If you have an accident, you must leave your vehicle in its position and phone your car hire company immediately.
By: Brett Callaghan