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St. Barts Car Rental Agencies

Anse du Grand
A car rental may be the best way to see places such as Anse du Grand. Credit: Wikimedia

St. Barthélemy (St. Barths) is a small island even by Caribbean standards. Still, getting around the island can be quite difficult.

While several premium tours and excursions offer great service taking tourists around the island, not everyone will opt for this choice for various reasons.

As a workable alternative, several services offer car rentals on the island. For those looking for personal comfort and privacy, this may be the way to go.

1. Oscar’s

Oscar’s is about personalized travelling and providing the best solutions in cars from travelling around St. Barths. Cars on offer present an easy way to traverse the island.

Top vehicles here include the Hyundai i10, the Fiat 500 Convertible, the mini Cooper Convertible and the Daihatsu Terios. All of the vehicles are tailored to specific travelers and for specific destinations.

Special features include 24/7 roadside assistance, car delivery and infant seats at no extra cost.

2. Hertz St. Barthelemy

Hertz is about personalized service and supports “no limits” for trips. The staff will help visitors choose the car that meets their needs depending on destination, length of stay and other factors.

Interestingly, for rentals of 30 days to 11 months, Hertz offers deeply discounted prices. It’s a great choice for travelers on budget. Additionally, as a traveler, Hertz will offer other discounted rates and special deals.

3. Tube Car Rental

Tube Car Rental is a local family company car rental based within the national airport. Existing since 1982, Tube has a fleet of 85-100 cars with a wide range of vehicles.

Options range from the small and intimate Chevrolet Spark and Suzuki Jimny to the larger Mini Cooper Sport & Jeep Wranglers 3 doors & 5 doors.

4. Soleil Caraïbe

Having existed since the early 1980s, Soleil Caraïbe provides personalized service along with numerous vehicle choices. This agency made the list because of their long list of loyal customers.

For those who book a rental beforehand, upon arrival on St. Bart, the rental agent is often the first people visitors will see. Special offers include one day free per week of rental (except for Christmas).

Finally, one of their most popular packages is the Hotel + Car Rental package with Sunset Hotel and with “Auberge de la Petite Anse”. There is also a “day trip” rate (maximum 10 hours) on selected models only.

5. Maurice Car Rental St. Barths

Located at the airport, Maurice Car Rental offers a wide selection of vehicles for long or short term rentals. A small, formerly family owned business, MCR has more than 37 years of service. It is one of the first car rental companies in St. Barths.

Maurice Rental Cars provides 24 hour a day, seven days a week personalized assistance. Special offers include delivery and pickup anytime, island map and magazines as well as long term rental discounts.

Trying the different beaches, restaurants, historical sites and all the other attractions are part of the St. Barts experience.

Separate from public excursions, visitors will need a car wherever they stay on the island or if they are visiting for the day by cruise.

Remember, public transportation is parse and taxis just as scarce. A private vehicle is a convenient option for seeing the island.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the America.
September 22, 2014