About Antigua and Barbuda (AG)
The country of Antigua and Barbuda (AG) consists of two Caribbean islands, southeast of Puerto Rico in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Of the two islands, Antigua is generally considered the quintessential Caribbean tourist destination, with white sand beaches and a range of budget, mid-range, and luxury resorts.
On the other hand, Barbuda’s infrastructure is far less developed, and it’s more of a hideaway than a hotspot. With a limited number of land-based attractions, the majority of Antigua and Barbuda tourism is geared toward aquatic activities such as scuba diving, sailing, and windsurfing.
Like many islands in the region, Antigua and Barbuda enjoy an endless summer of warm temperatures and light but steady breezes. The capital of St. John’s on Antigua is the primary gateway and thriving center of commerce for both islands.
Getting around is much more convenient and comfortable for visitors who rent a car in Antigua and Barbuda. With zero public transportation, most travelers arrive at Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport in St. John’s and make a beeline for the car hire counters.
Driving in Antigua is generally a breeze, with well-marked and paved two-lane roads.
Most of Barbuda’s roads are gravel surfaces. Both islands are quite small, so driving distances are short, and the local atmosphere of kindness and consideration translates to the driving experience. While there are no highways in Antigua and Barbuda, all the top destinations and attractions are easily accessible by car.
Visitors from the United Kingdom will be pleased to see Antigua and Barbuda’s road network is based on the British model, and visitors from all other countries won’t have much trouble getting the hang of things.
Even though both islands are considered safe for tourists, it’s wise not to stray too far from the beaten path at night, especially on Barbuda.
Choosing your car
The best deals on cheap car rentals in Antigua and Barbuda are found with Sixt, Avis, Enterprise, Alamo, Budget, and National. Choose from SUVs, 7-12 seater minivans, estate wagons, compact and standard 4-door sedans, premium and luxury vehicles, and minicars.
Tips and advice
Antigua and Barbuda car rentals from the major suppliers are only available in the city of St. John’s at Antigua International airport, and at Barbuda’s airport of Coddington on Barbuda.
The damage excess on your Antigua and Barbuda car hire is exceptionally high. Make sure your credit card has sufficient funds to satisfy the hold and deposit needed to rent a car or make sure that you have excess waiver insurance usually available on this site in the booking process, or on your regular travel insurance, to save you the risk
Although the islands are connected by a number of roll-on/roll-off ferryboats, island crossings by Antigua and Barbuda car rentals are generally not allowed.
When booking online, print out the confirmation voucher if possible and bring it to the car hire counter. Failure to present the voucher could result in being charged at local rates or delays
Failure to abide by the terms and conditions of the rental agreement could nullify any and all insurance policies. So, if the fine print says, “No driving on unpaved roads”, don’t drive on unpaved roads. Any damage incurred in violation of the terms will not be covered.
You must be 25 years or older to rent a car in Antigua and Barbuda — no exceptions.