Given that Tortola has steep and winding roads, travelers will need to rent a vehicle that can handle such road conditions. West End isn’t as hectic, but you are still likely to encounter steep roads, which can be dangerous in rainy conditions. Hence, whether you’re in West End or Road Town, renting a four-wheel drive vehicle is a good idea. Sir Francis Drake Highway is primarily a flat, easy road to drive, but if you’re more of a daredevil, opt for Ridge Road, the other main road on the island.
If you are traveling with any children, you’ll need to have them secured in car seats, both for safety and to adhere to the law in Tortola. This law applies if the child is under five years old. You can either choose to bring your own or obtain a car seat from the car rental company for an additional fee. While in the car, all occupants must have their seatbelts buckled. The driver cannot use their phone while driving and is prohibited from driving under the influence of alcohol. Be sure to stick to the speed limits.
You can either rent a car while in Road Town or have one driven to the hotel where you’ll be staying. Other car rental agencies are located near the airport and on West End. Most car rental companies expect you to return the car with the same amount of gas you rented it with. However, some agencies offer free mileage and free pick-ups at your place of stay. When driving on the island, expect heavy traffic between 8:00 and 9:00 am and from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Most car rentals won’t have a problem if you wish to drive your car across the border. However, it would be best if you let them know first so they can have you sign any necessary documents that help protect you from paying extra charges in case of an accident. Such documents include insurance coverage. After providing a valid driver’s license and passport, you’ll be charged a cross-border fee. You’ll need a credit card to pay for any of these transactions.
FAQs about renting a car in Tortola
The island of Tortola has a reliable public transportation system. You can tour the island by boat, which can be accessed by the docks in Road Town or on the West End. Taxis and buses can both navigate the island for you. However, compared to renting a car, these methods of transportation will end up costing you more. A car rental will provide you with the liberty to tour comfortably on your own schedule and removes the need to worry about your luggage, since you can easily lock your car while exploring the island on foot.
While you’re in Tortola, drive on the left side of the road. The cars are also left-hand drive, which can take some getting used to, depending on which country you’re from. Most car rental companies will place a notice in the car to remind you to drive on the left, which often comes in handy. The roads are well-maintained, but tend to have a good number of speed bumps. Additionally, they tend to be narrow, steep and winding, which can be dangerous if you drive at high speeds. Avoid driving at night since the roads aren’t well-lit, and always stay cautious.
It isn’t easy to find a car rental company in Tortola that is willing to rent to individuals under twenty five. If you’re twenty one years old and looking to rent a car, try checking the international car agencies in the area, and expect to be charged an additional amount. However, if you’re twenty five years old or older, all you need is a valid driver’s license if you’re visiting for less than 30 days. If you plan on staying longer, then you’ll need to get a temporary driver’s license from the car rental agency or the Traffic Licensing Office.
On average a rental car in Tortola costs C$ 104 per day.
Standard (Class Standard SUV or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Tortola.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at National (C$ 105/day).