If you want to travel around both Saint Kitts and Nevis islands, check with your car hire agency to see if they offer car exchange services on either island. Since you will not be able to take your rental car on the car ferry, your car hire agency should provide you with another car on the neighboring island.
When you rent a car in Saint Kitts and Nevis, children under 12 years old or weighing less than 40 lbs. are required to wear a seat belt or to be restrained in a suitable child car seat. You should consider bringing your own car seat or booster seat with you, or you must rent one from the car hire agency for around 13.51 XCD (5 USD) per day.
There are plenty of benefits to renting a car in Saint Kitts and Nevis. If you want to venture farther than the city center of Basseterre, you will not be able to use the local bus service, so a car is your best option for seeing the other sights, as taxis are expensive on the islands.
Discovering the winding roads of Saint Kitts and Nevis is best done by car. You will find driving around simple and enjoyable, as the islands’ roads are well maintained and there are no traffic lights on St. Kitts Island. If you are planning to head to the beach, some of the access roads are not paved, so you may want to rent a four-wheel drive.
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When you rent a car in Saint Kitts and Nevis, you will need to drive on the left-hand side of the road and overtake on the right. It is mandatory for you to wear your seatbelt when driving, and drunk driving is illegal. You will notice that local drivers will frequently use their horns as greetings, not warnings. Driving around the island is simple, as there is one major road that encircles the island—which starts at Basseterre—and a single road that cuts down to the southern peninsula.
If you plan to rent a car in Saint Kitts and Nevis, you will need to be at least 25 years old. You must be in possession of a full driving license, and you must also purchase a local driver’s license when you go to pick up your rental car. The Saint Kitts and Nevis license costs around 67 XCD (25 USD) and is valid for three months. Drivers are required to carry a valid driver’s license, registration, and insurance documents at all times.
When you fill up your tank in Saint Kitts and Nevis, you will find that the average price of petrol is 2.65 XCD (0.98 USD) per liter and 3.92 USD per gallon. Petrol stations on the islands are very small; however, there are plenty located on both islands. Most petrol stations either stay open until 10:00 pm or 24h.
Because Saint Kitts and Nevis are small islands, you will find that the speed limits are considerably lower than elsewhere in the world. The national maximum speed limit is 63 km/h (40 mph). The speed limit for urban areas is 31 km/h (20 mph), while outside of built-up areas the maximum speed limit is 63 km/h (40 mph).
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for car hires for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last hours. Car hires are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some car hire providers charge additional fees for other services (gps, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the car hire providers' sites.