Mini (Class Mini Car or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Guadeloupe.
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When you rent a car in Guadeloupe, you will need to drive on the right-hand side of the road. When you drive on multilane roads you will pass in the left lane. The highways and main roads are well maintained to French standards, and all road signs are in French. You will find that traffic on main roads have the right of way over incoming traffic and that roads that lead to the beach are often toll roads.
If you plan to rent a car in Guadeloupe, the minimum age for drivers is 21 years old, although this may vary by car category. There will be a surcharge for drivers under the age of 25 years old. For those holding an EU or international driving license, you need to have held it for at least two years and must present your passport before renting a car.
You will find that the average price of petrol is 1.60 € ($1.81) per liter and 6.40 € ($7.24) per gallon when you rent a car in Guadeloupe. The price of fuel is set by the government; therefore, you do not need to look for the lowest rate at petrol stations. There are several petrol stations along the island's main routes, Basse Terre and Grande Terre, that mainly offer full-service. Large petrol stations accept credit cards; however, smaller vendors do not.
Before you drive in Guadeloupe, you will need to follow the national speed limits. In residential areas the speed limit is 50 km/h (31 mph), and on national roads, you will find limits ranging from 70 km/h (43 mph) to 80 km/h (50 mph). On highways, the maximum speed limit is between 90 km/h (56 mph) and 110 km/h (68 mph).