When to book a rental car in the U.S. Virgin Islands
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Top tips for hiring a car in the U.S. Virgin Islands
It is generally recommended to rent a car in the US Virgin Islands, unless you are staying in one of the larger towns. Taking cabs can be costly, and a rental car allows maximum flexibility for visiting beaches and hilltop settlements. The Virgin Islands National Park on the island of St. John is also best explored by rental car.
While most of the islands are easily accessible by a sedan, visitors planning to spend a lot of time on St. John may prefer to rent a four-by-four to tackle the rugged, hilly terrain. Although more expensive than a compact car, this will allow you to explore more and to run into fewer problems, especially during the rainy season.
By law, any child under the age of five must be placed in a child restraint when riding in the front seat of a vehicle in the US Virgin Islands. In the back seat, children ages three to five may wear just a safety belt, but a booster seat is recommended. Children under the age of 12 are required to have a seatbelt on at all times. Most rental agencies can provide baby and child car seats for an additional fee—for example, $10 per day at Budget.
If you’re planning to visit more than one island when you rent a car in the US Virgin Islands, there is a car ferry (known locally as a barge) that travels several times a day between Red Hook on St. Thomas and Enighed Pond on St. John. Weather conditions may stop the service from running, so it is important to be aware of this if you’re returning your car to the other island. Expect to pay around $30 for a one-way trip and $50 for there and back, plus a $3 port fee collected in St. Thomas.
Book your rental car in U.S. Virgin Islands at least 6 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Compact rental cars in U.S. Virgin Islands are around 32% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Compact (Toyota Corolla or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire in the U.S. Virgin Islands is Budget (6.0, 105 reviews).
Driving in the US Virgin Islands is a comfortable experience even for the less experienced driver. Roads are usually well maintained and distances manageable. The only real difficulties are the hilly terrain and switchback roads. One very important thing to note is that driving is on the left side of the road, unlike in the continental United States.
To rent a car in the US Virgin Islands, drivers should be at least 21 years of age, but in practice, many agencies request that you be 25 and older. Some agencies, like Budget, charge a daily young driver fee of $20 for 23-year-olds and $10 for 24-year-olds. A valid domestic driving license can be used for up to 90 days, while international visitors will need to obtain a temporary island license. These are usual available directly from rental agencies and cost around $25.
Petrol stations in the US Virgin Islands usually offer drivers the option of full-service or self-service, the serviced option costing up to $0.50 more per gallon. Prices are usually cheapest in St. Croix and most expensive in St. John. You will pay $3.40 to $4.00 per gallon of regular petrol.
Speed limits in the US Virgin Islands vary from island to island, but as a general rule, drivers should expect to stay below 20 mph in urban areas and 35 mph in rural areas. On the larger island of St. Croix, flat stretches of open road may have a speed limit of up to 55 mph.
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.