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Sunny days and tropical nights await you in the Caribbean. Make the most out of your island getaway by reserving a Caribbean car rental. This way, you don’t have to adhere to island time and can create your own schedule.

Experience independence from stuffy bus rides and pricey taxis while you explore the Blue Mountains and Dunn’s River Falls of Jamaica. When your travels take you to Punta Cana, sun yourself on Bavaro Beach and snorkel off the shores of Cap Cana. No matter where your travels take you, a Caribbean rental car is the best way to see all the islands have to offer. 

How can I get a cheap rental in the Caribbean?

It's not difficult to get a good price on a Caribbean car with CarRentals.com. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Compare car rental rates when browsing suppliers;
  • Where possible, take a shuttle from the airport to your pick-up location;
  • Confirm your fuel and mileage requirements with the rental company; 
  • Book as early as possible for the lowest rates.

What do I have to keep in mind when renting a car in the Caribbean?

Traffic moves on the left on some islands, including Jamaica and The Bahamas. Driving conditions can be steep and winding, so think about this when choosing which car to rent. You might see animals crossing the roads and signage will usually be displayed in kilometers per hour

What kind of car rental should I get?

The kind of car you want to rent will depend largely on your vacation plans and who you'll be driving with. If you just need a vehicle to take you from the airport to your accommodation location, a no-frills, economy rental car might be your best option.

But if you're planning on driving the whole family from one destination to the next and venturing on to more remote and rocky roads, consider a Jeep or bigger, more luxury island car, like an SUV or minivan. If you want to drive with the top down whilst listening to some local reggae music in Jamaica, you could consider a convertible car rental for your island transportation.

How old do I have to be to rent a car in the Caribbean?

Generally, the minimum age for renting is 21, such as in Barbados. This can differ between islands, so check with the rental car company when you book your car.

For example, the minimum age for renting in Aruba and Jamaica is 23, and you also need to have held a driver's license for 2 years if you plan on getting car hire in Jamaica. Young driver surcharges may apply for drivers under 25 across the Caribbean. 

Do I need insurance when renting a car?

Yes. It could be that your car or credit card insurance provider covers you for car rental already. For you US citizens looking for car hire, you can buy your insurance at the CarRentals.com checkout.

Can I book with unlimited mileage when renting a car in the Caribbean?

Unlimited mileage is often considered the best choice for those planning long car journeys. If you'll be crossing your destination, for example if you plan to drive from Kingston on Jamaica's southern coast all the way to Montego Bay in the north, you don't want to be checking your milometer the whole time. Unlimited mileage with your Jamaica car rental takes care of this for you. 

Is it possible to hire a car one-way?

It's usually possible to drop off your vehicle at another car rental location, often for an additional fee. Bear in mind, however, that cross-border rentals are not allowed. 

Which sights and/or cities are must-sees in the Caribbean?

  •  Santo Domingo is one of the oldest islands in the Caribbean, with some of its buildings dating back to the 1500s. Visit this UNESCO world heritage site to admire medieval palaces and fortresses and try your hand at some salsa dancing. 
  •  Montego Bay is a tourist hotspot and perfect for travelers looking for an energetic city with plenty of beach resorts.
  • Speaking of beaches, if you're in Mexico, you won't regret a visit to trendy Playa del Carmen, where you can scuba dive as well as visit hip bars and nightclubs. -

What is a good road trip around the Caribbean?

If you want to take a road trip that includes desert landscape, mangroves, and rugged coastline, look no further than Bonaire. In your Caribbean rent a car, you can see all of this in less than 5 hours, stopping off to see the salt pans and spot flamingoes!

Traffic tips to keep you safe

Drive slowly on surfaces that are winding and rocky, and look out for potholes, which you might come across often on these roads. The speed limit in city areas is usually 40 km/h, but always check the signs to make sure you're keeping within the limit. Finally, take plenty of water in the car with you, especially if you plan on traveling for a few hours in hot conditions.

If you're watching out for the vacation budget, let us relieve stress from your wallet by offering you a wide selection of vehicles at the best prices here on CarRentals.com. Browse the car options on offer from Avis, Europcar, and many others today. This way, you’ll have more cash in your pocket to explore Mexico, Jamaica, or your other island of choice at your own pace.

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