St Lucia Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving in St Lucia –
Roads tend to be narrow and in varying states of repair. In the mountains the roads are steep with some hairpin bends, some of which are not clearly marked. 4WD vehicles are generally available and will be needed if you’re doing to be driving on smaller roads, particularly after rain. Driving standards are variable and you should drive cautiously and expect the unexpected such as locals stopping without warning. Locals may hitch lifts but its not advisable to pick up strangers. Take care on the main east coast road to/from Hewanorra International Airport, which is still being repaired following damage during Hurricane Tomas in October 2010 and also suffered further damage from heavy rains in 2011.
St Lucia Car Rental –
Hertz have 3 branches in Castries. Budget have branches at Castries and Vieux Fort. Avis have outlets at both those locations plus Gros Islet and Pigeon Island. Thrifty have a branch at Hewenorra.St Lucia also seems to feature on the main international broker sites such as Argus Car Hire.
St Lucia Self Drive Rules-
None of the companies allow cars to be taken from the Island. Minimum age is 25 and you need to get a temporary local licence which the rental company can arrange after seeing your own licence from home. Local licences cost $20.