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Dominica Car Rental Agencies

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Dominica, also known as the “Nature Island”, has a total of 780 kilometers of roads. Because public transportation does not extend throughout the entire island, car rentals can be a good idea for travellers wishing to see the full extent of Dominica’s beauty.

In terms of public transportation, Dominica has a minibus service. These buses will stop anywhere on the street, as long as it is waved down, and can be spotted by the letter H in its licence plate.

The buses are affordable, rarely costing more than 4 USD, but can be unreliable.

Taxis are another way to get around in Dominica. Taxis can be hired at both the Melville Hall and Canefield airports, as well as most hotels.

It is wise to call ahead of time to reserve a taxi, especially for trips after 6:00 p.m.

Taxis are a reliable method of transportation, but can be expensive. A trip across the island can cost up to 90 USD.  It’s important to negotiate the fare before getting into the taxi.

Most car rentals in Dominica can be picked up at the airport. A variety of cars can be rented.

It is recommended to rent a car with four wheel drive, as some of the roads can be rough and rocky in the countryside.

When renting a car, it’s important to ask about hidden fees and age restrictions. Many car rental companies incur an added fee for drivers under 25 years of age or over 65 years of age.

Most car rental agencies in Dominica require drivers to purchase a local permit, usually costing around 12 USD.

Here are some places to rent a car in Dominica:

Courtesy Car Rentals

Two Locations:

Melville Hall Airport
(767) 445-7677

Roseau
10 Winston Lane
Goodwill, Roseau
(767) 448-7763
https://www.dominicacarrentals.com/

Valley Car Rental

Three Locations: Portsmouth, Roseau, and Melville Hall Airport
(767) 275-1310
https://valleyrentacar.com/

Island Car Rentals
Two Locations: Melville Hall Airport, Canefield Airport
767-255-6844
https://www.islandcar.dm/

** Island Car rentals has a minimum age requirement of 25. Drivers must have 2 years of driving experience. A surcharge of $3.75 per day applies to additional drivers.

Avis Car Rental
Melville Hall Airport
Located in terminal
https://www.avis.com

**This Avis location has specified pick up and drop off hours between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
February 17, 2020

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