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ANTIGUA ISLAND - GETTING AROUND

By Car

One of the best ways to get around Antigua is by car. In order to drive on the island, you must obtain an Antiguan driving permit, which can be issued at most rental agencies and will be an additional cost of about $20. There are a number of rental agencies, including Alamo, Avis and Hertz, that have locations in the arrival hall of Antigua's V.C. We suggest using a major U.S. rental company rather than using a local agency.

It is worth noting that Antiguans drive on the left side of the road. Also, be aware that the island can be difficult to navigate due to bumpy dirt roads and hilly areas that flood easily.

By Taxi

Most visitors get around by taxi (or tour operators). This is the best way to explore the island, since the drivers are happy to double as a tour guide. Many times, a particular driver will try to commit to you as their main driver during the duration of your stay. This is typical, but we do recommend getting a price quote before committing to one driver. Although this arrangement can be convenient, it can also get expensive. Taxis can usually be found near popular attractions and hotels. The government of Antigua fixes rates, and taxis are meter-less.

By Bus

Getting around by bus is an economical option (most fares only cost $1), but we do not recommend them. Buses are largely unreliable, slow, and roads are extremely bumpy. Many of the buses on the island are 15-passenger minivans with colorful paint jobs.