Car rentals in Jamaica: All you need to know
You need a great car to get around Jamaica whether you're traveling for a business or pleasure. Explore the top sites around the region and pull up in front of the best restaurants in Jamaica. CarRentals.com has answered your most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Jamaica. Read on to discover which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where do I find a bargain car rental in Jamaica?
We always strive to get you the best deal. But, there are ways to get an even lower price on your next booking. Make sure to:
- Read the mileage policy to prevent any surprise fees
- Reserve your vehicle as far in advance as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs if possible; they normally are more expensive
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you may save more with a longer rental
Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have agencies in Jamaica?
From global names like Enterprise and Hertz to budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to get an idea of which one is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Jamaica?
That all depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Jamaica. If you're having trouble choosing, be sure to go over our chart below. We've compared the most popular types of cars for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||If you really want to go all out on your visit to Jamaica||Cadillac, Audi, or similar|
|Minivan or SUV||Families with plenty of bags and a need for space||Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||When saving money and good gas mileage are your top priorities||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Jamaica?
Usually, to rent a car in Jamaica you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. If you are under 25, you might also need to pay a surcharge. Be sure to read the rental agreement to figure out what the total will be before you book your rental.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Jamaica?
When cruising through Jamaica or the rest of the United States, you will need insurance. Many suppliers need proof of insurance before you pick up your car. Most countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase temporary coverage through the rental supplier. Moreover, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout.
The major credit card issuers (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) will usually cover your car rental. However, many of them have restrictions, like not covering bigger vehicles like premium models or some SUVs. It is best to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you travel to Jamaica.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will have to find an open gas station close to the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you collect your car. Use as much fuel as you need and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off when you are done. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only need to replace the fuel you used. Used a half of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't be paying for any fuel you didn't use. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay refueling charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pick up the car with a full tank and return the car with an empty tank. Check with the supplier to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a fuel station near your rental drop-off location||You usually pay a higher rate for a tank upfront then you would going to a nearby gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up your vehicle, and you won't have to fill the tank back up before you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to find a gas station shortly after you collect the car|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
Most suppliers provide you a full tank policy. At CarRentals.com, we suggest bringing your car back filled up. To avoid any added expenses, find a filling station before bringing the car rental. Stations close to airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Jamaica?
If you plan to check out all that Jamaica and maybe even the rest of Virginia offers, you're going to need unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Jamaica. Go over the fine print to make certain your mileage is truly "unlimited."
Tips before you leave the lot
Before you begin on your Jamaica trip, check a few items before you leave the rental lot. You should:
- Walk around your car and be sure there is no damage or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable working the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new area
Book your Jamaica car rental today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Jamaica has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the highly-rated restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the must-see sites in Jamaica.