Hiring a car is the best way to appreciate the beauty and character of Barbados. Bajans are friendly and always willing to point you in the right direction. When hiring a car, pay attention to the demonstration of the vehicle as most models are different in the Caribbean. Ask about any safety features you require. Note the emergency hot line number of your rental company and check that they offer breakdown assistance. Most rental companies offer unlimited mileage, free delivery and pick-up to hotels, villas, airport and seaport, baby seats and free road maps.
A Barbados visitors’ driver’s licence can be obtained either from the rental car company or from the Worthing or Holetown Police Stations. A valid driver’s licence and BDS$10.00 must be produced. No examination is required to obtain a visitor’s licence, once the applicant holds a valid driver’s licence from his country. International drivers’ licences are recognised.
When making your way around the island, look out for the new black and white signs that identify the islands’ districts. They make the maps, which are based on place names, more functional.
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