In Guadeloupe, child car seat rules follow the French system, so children under the age of 10 years old must travel in a car seat. Children weighing less than 13 kg (28 lbs.) must be in a rear-facing car seat in the front or back seat. For children up 18 kg (39 lbs.), they must travel in a child seat that has a protection tray or harness. Children between 18 kg (39 lbs.) and 36 kg (79 lbs.) must use a booster seat with an adult seatbelt. If a child is under the age of 12, they are not allowed to sit in the front seat of a car.
Renting a car in Guadeloupe will provide you with the most freedom and flexibility, as public transport is limited and often does not operate during the night-time. The other advantages of renting a car on these islands is that you can quickly get to remote locations like the active La Grande Soufrière volcano on Basse Terre, which is a 6.4 km (3.9 mi) drive from Saint-Claude.
On your travels around Guadeloupe, you will find that traffic is heavier early in the morning and in major cities, while on weekends, traffic is much lighter. If you need to park your rental car, you will find good parking options at most hotels and major tourist sites.
Discovering the delights of Guadeloupe is best done by car. You will find that most of the roads in the country are well maintained and in good condition. Guadeloupe is made up of two islands that are connected by the N1 and N11 highways. On the Basse Terre island, where the terrain is more rugged and roads are mountainous with sharp bends, you should rent a four-wheel drive. If you plan to stick to the Grand Terre island, a comfortable saloon model is suitable.
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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).
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