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Car Rental Saint John`s

Exploring St. John's, Antigua by Car: A Traveller's Guide

St. John's, the vibrant capital of Antigua and Barbuda, is a potpourri of colonial history, colorful architecture, and breathtaking coastal views. Renowned for its lively markets, captivating museums, and pristine beaches, St. John's offers a unique Caribbean experience. Opting to rent a car in this sun-soaked destination can be the key to unlocking a personalized adventure. Let's chart a course through the intricacies of driving in St. John's.

Advantages of Renting a Car in St. John's:

  1. Coastal Excursions: Having a car gives you the flexibility to hop from one pristine beach to another, making the most of the island’s coastline.
  2. Ease of Travel: Bypass the constraints of scheduled transportation and craft your itinerary, moving at your own pace.
  3. Island Highlights: Venture beyond St. John's to explore Antigua's 365 beaches or delve into the island's rich history at sites like Nelson’s Dockyard.

St. John’s Airport (ANU):V.C. Bird International Airport is roughly 8 km from downtown St. John's. A brief drive via Sir George Walter Highway or Sir Sydney Walling Highway will get you to the city in about 15 minutes.

Renting Essentials:

  1. Driving License: Carry both your home country's driving license and an Antigua and Barbuda temporary driving permit, available at the rental agencies or the local police station.
  2. Insurance: Due to unfamiliar terrains and potential road conditions, premium insurance is advisable.
  3. Car Selection: Compact cars are ideal for the city, but if you're exploring the island’s rugged terrains, consider an SUV.

On the Road in St. John's: Advice and Local Practices:

  1. Drive Left: Unlike many countries, here you drive on the left side of the road.
  2. Speed Limits: Typically, it's 40 km/h in the city and 65 km/h outside. Always heed to posted signs.
  3. Parking: In the city, parking spaces can be limited, especially during peak hours. Opt for designated parking areas or accommodations with parking facilities.

Must-Visit Spots & Routes:Heritage Quay: A bustling shopping area in St. John's, just a short drive from most parts of the city.

  1. Fort James: Located to the north of St. John's, a short 10-minute drive will take you to this historical site with panoramic views.
  2. Dickenson Bay: Roughly 7 km from the city center, it's a hotspot for beach lovers, offering powdery white sands and water sports.
  3. Shirley Heights Lookout: About an hour’s drive from St. John's, this spot offers a panoramic view of the English Harbour and the island.

Vehicle & Climate Considerations:

  1. Compact Vehicle: For the relatively narrow roads in St. John's, smaller cars are recommended.
  2. SUVs: If you plan on venturing to off-road sites or remote beaches.
  3. Weather: With a tropical maritime climate, sudden rain showers can be expected. Ensure your car has efficient wipers and tires with good grip.

First-Time Visitor Insights:

  1. Caution on Roads: Some rural roads may be unpaved or have potholes. Drive with care.
  2. Fuel Stops: Gas stations might not be as frequent as in urban areas, so keep an eye on your fuel gauge.
  3. Local Flavors: While exploring St. John's, park your car and indulge in the local delicacies at the bustling markets.

In Conclusion: The allure of St. John's extends beyond its cerulean waters and golden sands. Renting a car allows you to delve deeper into its charm, from colonial landmarks to hidden beach coves. As you chart your journey through this Caribbean jewel, let the rhythms of St. John's guide your way.

Current Rental Rates in St. John's

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 74.56 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 521.93 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |

Hyundai Creta

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 87.88 EUR/day
Hyundai Creta

7 Days rental at 615.20 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |

Toyota Rush

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 93.71 EUR/day
Toyota Rush

7 Days rental at 655.97 EUR from 21/07/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |

Key Highlights for Car Hire at St. John's: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Explore Antigua’s Stunning Beaches: Utilize your rental car from St. John’s to explore some of Antigua’s 365 beautiful beaches. Drive along the coast to discover both popular and secluded sandy havens like Fort James, Dickenson Bay, and the tranquil Pigeon Point Beach.

  • Nelson’s Dockyard National Park: Venture to the south of the island to visit Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, a cultural heritage site and marina in English Harbour. This restored colonial-era dockyard and its surroundings offer historical insights, scenic hikes, and panoramic views of the island.

  • Adventure Through the Rainforest: Take your hire car to Antigua’s lush interior, where you can explore the island’s rainforest. Consider a zip-line tour for a thrilling view of the canopy, or drive to the Fig Tree Drive, a picturesque area known for its fruit trees and agricultural scenery.

  • Cultural Exploration in St. John’s: Drive around St. John's, the island's vibrant capital, to immerse yourself in local culture. Visit the public market, St. John’s Cathedral, and the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. Experience the lively local markets, colorful architecture, and sample authentic Antiguan cuisine.

  • Spectacular Viewpoints and Historical Sites: With your rental car, easily access spectacular viewpoints such as Shirley Heights for breathtaking sunset views over English Harbour. Also, explore historical sites like the Betty’s Hope sugar plantation to learn about the island’s colonial past.


St. John's - Popular Destinations

  • Nelson's Dockyard National Park: A historic naval dockyard with restored 18th-century buildings, museums, and beautiful harbor views.

  • Shirley Heights: A historic military complex.

  • Devil's Bridge: A natural limestone arch formation on the rugged eastern coast

  • Fig Tree Drive: A scenic drive through Antigua's lush rainforest

  • Stingray City Antigua: A unique opportunity to swim with and feed southern stingrays in their natural habitat.

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