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Jamaica Car Rental Agencies

For travelers who plan to traverse Jamaica, finding a reliable car rental company is very important. Not only is it extremely convenient, but it also allows great flexibility while on the road.

Numerous competent car rental services are available in Jamaica including international and local companies.

Before going out and renting a car in Jamaica, the designated driver must meet certain criteria:

  • Must be between the ages of 23 and 75 years old.
  • Have your license for at least one (1) year or up to three years in some cases (there is no need for an international license).
  • Car must be rented for at least 24 hours.
  • Must pay a coverage charge that is used for insurance against damages and theft.


1. Rental Prices


The average price to rent a car in Jamaica ranges from US$30 to US250 per day. This price depends on a number of factors including the size of the vehicle(medium, midsized, sports utility vehicle). Of course, premium brands will also cost more.

Having outlined the above criteria, here are some well-known car rental agencies for traversing Jamaica:

2. Island Car Rentals


Having been in operation in Jamaica for more than 30 years, Island Car Rentals is the largest Jamaican car rental company. The company features branches in Montego Bay and Kingston, serving vacationers, returning residents and locals.

Clients may opt for sightseeing tours, private transfers, executive chauffeur services or day trips as well as car rentals. The company's flagship package, Fly/Drive Jamaica, is a unique vacation package with attractive rates that include a choice of accommodations and a rented car.

In short, Island Car Rentals will add a touch of luxury to anyone's stay in Jamaica.

3. AVIS Jamaica


Conveniently and strategically located at both international airports, AVIS Jamaica is a full-fledged car rental agency offering a wide range of vehicles. The company features a modest catalogue consisting of various models of specific make, color, etc.

Notably, it is the policy of AVIS Jamaica to provide the rented vehicle with a full tank of fuel. The standard rental time for AVIS vehicles is limited to a day.

In other words, the vehicle is due at exactly the same time it was rented on the previous day. A rental day beginning at 3 p.m. Monday ends at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Of course, other arrangements can be discussed.

4. Chalis Car Rental and Tours


Chalis Car Rental and Tours offers a variety of cars and SUVs. In addition, a chartered service is also available for tours, excursions and general transportation.

Chalis differentiates itself in that hired drivers can be arranged along with the vehicle rental -- especially for excursions. Moreover, Chalis will even deliver and pick up cars from Kingston, Ocho Rios, Negril or any other location across Jamaica.

Four groups, a free shuttle service is provided to and from the Sangster's International Airport in Montego Bay.

5. Fiesta Car Rental


Fiesta Car Rental boasts a great selection of rental options ranging from fuel-efficient compact cars to luxury sedans. With this wide range of vehicles, Fiesta stresses comfort and luxury. Along with free airport/hotel pick-up and drop-off, Fiesta also offers comfortable new cars at affordable rates.

Fiesta is about gong beyond the regulars or renting and car to providing a fully-fledged service. The company is located in Kingston.

Bonus: Escape Car Rental


Escape Car Rental is located in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica. The agency's strategic location in Mandeville allows them to serve the central section of the island.

While the company is not as established as the others, it does boast a fairly modest selection of vehicles.

It is relatively easy to find a vehicle for rent in Jamaica. As such, traversing the island is not only easy and absolutely exhilarating, but comfortable as well.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 17, 2020
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