Experience Barbados on two wheels by renting a scooter, bicycle, motorcycle, or Segway machine!
Scooter rentals are fast becoming a popular way to get around Barbados and are a unique alternative to traditional car rentals. These exciting ways to travel (on two wheels) give you the freedom and independence to go just about anywhere in Barbados, with less traffic and car parking hassles.
Whether you’re looking for adventure, history, or culture, this is one way you can see it all and at your own pace.
Year after year, Barbados consistently ranks as one of the top travel destinations in the world. There are a variety of sites to see and things to do in Barbados to fully experience all that it has to offer.
Guided or Self Guided Tours?
You have several options when it comes to getting around Barbados on two wheels. You can rent one of these vehicles by yourself (your self-guided tour) on a daily, weekly, or long-term basis. Or you can also take a guided tour around the island on scooters, motorcycles, Segways, mountain bikes, and even dirt bikes. The many tour options include (but are not limited to):
— Coastline tours
— Cross-country trails
— Off-road Motocross safaris
— Heritage tours
— Nature tours
There are a couple of general conditions – you will need to provide a valid motorcycle or driver’s license (not for bicycle rental), then you only need to purchase a temporary ‘visitors permit’ for $5 USD. Permits are available from most car rental outlets and local police stations. For all modes of transport, you also sign a ‘rental agreement’ and provide a security deposit, which is refunded at the end of the rental period, providing there is no damage to the vehicle.
Segway Barbados offers both Segway rentals and guided tours around Barbados. There are a variety of short-term and long-term Segway rental options for birthday parties and private locations, as well as ‘mobile advertising’ and event security patrol. They also offer a 1 ½ hour off-road adventure tour, with Segway training included.
Remember: It is illegal to ride a Segway on public roads.
How much does it cost?
Prices for rentals depend on the power of the vehicle and if it is a semi-automatic or automatic transmission. Two-wheel modes of transportation, such as scooters and motorcycles, are available to rent in Barbados. Prices range from 110cc – 150cc, however, there are some 200cc available to ride.
The average rental price for scooters and motorcycles is approximately USD 55 per day, but prices can range from USD 45 to USD 85 per day. On the other hand, bicycle rentals range from $8.50 USD per day to USD 20 per day.
Note: You can negotiate a weekly rental price. Each two-wheel rental operator has their set prices, but you can get a weekly scooter and motorcycle rental for around USD 275. Weekly bicycle rentals range from USD 32 to USD 50.
Tour prices depend on the type of vehicle (power, transmission, whether it is a single-seater or double-seater), the kind of trip (length, destination, and what’s included), and whether you are touring as part of a group or a private tour. Prices range from USD 130 – $150 USD per person for a full-day tour (generally 6 hours), USD 65 – USD 160 per person for a 3 hour to 4-hour tour, and USD 120 – $250 USD per person for private tours.
Segway Barbados offers Segway hire for birthday parties for BBD 45 per Segway per hour (minimum 3 hours). Private rentals are available for BBD 200 per day, and tours are priced at BBD 150 per person, BBD 130 per person for group tours of 6-12 people, and $180 BBD per person for private tours.
How do I book?
There are various rental and tour operators all over the island. We have included a list of some here for your convenience:
— Paradise Scooter Rentals and Tours – bicycle, scooter and motorcycle rentals and full-day tours
— Island Scooters – scooter rentals and tours.
— Trail seekers bike tours – mountain bike and road bike tours and rentals.
— Demario’s Cycle World Scooter Rentals – scooter and motorcycle rentals.
— Express Rentals – scooter rentals.
— Fun Seekers – bicycle rentals.
— Rob’s Bikes – bicycle rentals.
— Segway Barbados – Segway rentals and guided tours.
Want to know more?
Be sure to take a look at the top 10 things to experience in Barbados learn more about recommended tourist attractions on how you can experience Barbados to its fullest.
By: Brett Callaghan