Eleuthera Car Rentals
Renting A Car
Renting a car on Eleuthera is a different experience than renting a car in the United States or other countries where there are major brand rental companies and vehicles to choose from. Many of the rental companies on Eleuthera are self-employed individuals who have a “self drive franchise” and a license to do business in the Bahamas. The cars, on average, are around 12 years old. As one might expect, newer cars, SUVs, jeeps, vans and four wheel vehicles will rent at higher prices.
Be safe and very careful when driving the roads on Eleuthera, especially at night. The speed limit on Queen's Highway is usually 45 miles per hour. The roads are not always the best given the close proximity of the ocean and the elements. Pot holes and other impediments can come up quickly when driving around the winding narrow roads. Some roads most definitely require a four wheel vehicle. Take plenty of water whenever you travel. Be prepared to find your way back to the main roads if you plan on driving off of the beaten path.
FAQ Car Rentals
Remember to always drive on the left side of the road!
Q - Do I need to rent a car on Eleuthera?
A - That depends on where you are staying, what you plan on doing and where you plan on going. If you plan on exploring the island, you will need a car.
Q - What are the typical rental rates for cars, Jeeps, etc.?
A - The length of time, the type of vehicle rented, and where/who it is rented from affects rental rates. If you are looking to rent a newer automobile in better than average condition, and / or a specialty vehicle like a Jeep or four wheel drive, the average rental rates are somewhere around $75 a day. If the vehicle is a 12 year old car that has seen better days (sometimes lovingly referred to as a “pre-scratched beater”) and you want to rent the car for several weeks or more and/or “off peak” season, the average rental rate would be somewhere around $35 per day. Of course, gasoline is your responsibility — not cheap when you are on an island. Just remember, cheapest is not always best if you plan on traveling over the many roads on Eleuthera that are in disrepair or off the beaten beach path.
Q - How old do you have to be to rent a car on Eleuthera?
A - 25
Q - How do I know I am renting a properly licensed rental car?
A - The license plate begins with “SD” which stands for “self drive.” You should receive a basic agreement to sign. The rental person or company should have a Bahamas business license available for inspection.
Q - What about insurance?
A - There should be an insurance sticker on the window. Car rental people are required by law to cover their vehicles with third party insurance. If it is your fault, the insurance usually covers whatever happens to the other vehicle and you pay for any damages to the rental vehicle. If it is not your fault, the other party's insurance should cover the damages. If you damage the rental car, you are usually responsible. Please note, you must consult with your rental person to be sure you understand your liabilities.
Q - Do I need a driver's license or permit from the Bahamas?
A - No. If you stay over 60 days, you do need a driver's license from the Bahamas.
Q - What side of the road do I drive on?
A - Left side.
Renting Cars In The Bahamas — Rules & Regs
The following resources are provided by the Bahamas Government website. This info pertains to the rules and regulations for licensing “self drive car rentals”:
Bahamas Registration of Self Drive Franchise
Bahamas Road Traffic Department
Road Traffic Statute Laws
Eleuthera Car Rentals
The area code for Eleuthera and Bahamas is 242.
North Eleuthera Car Rentals
Fine Threads Car Rentals, Taxi 52, Fredrick Neely
E-mail: Fred Neely - Fine Threads
Or call 242-359-7780 / 242-335-1556.
Cash's Car Rentals 335-1096
North Eleuthera Service Station 335-1128
Royal Williams 335-1175
Kean Stubbs 422-9611
Rainbow Bay Eleuthera Car Rentals
Sunshine Rentals 335-0748
James Cistern Eleuthera Car Rentals
Knowles Rent-a-Car 359-7893
Hilton Johnson Taxi & Car Rental 335-6241
Governor's Harbour Eleuthera Car Rentals
Big E’s Car Rental Services
E-mail: Elliot Rolle
Or call 242-470-0467
Cash's Car Rentals 335-1096
Kingsley Sands 332-1619
Elvis Cooper 553-5961
Butch Johnson 470-8531
Hilton Johnson 335-6241
Cadet Car Rentals 332-3114
Big T's Car Rental 359-7598
Knowles Rent-A-Car 332-1080
McClain Pinder 470-9025
Tommy Pinder 359-7089
Tyrone Knowles 470-0238
WWT Car Rental 470-2554
Taylor & Taylor Rent-A-Car 332-1665
Arthur Nixon 359-7879
Tracy Williams 554-5892
Larry Dean 335-0059
BJ Johnson 464-0374
Suzanne Knowles 553-5211
Turnquest Car Rentals 332-2467
North Palmetto Point Rentals
Neymour Car Rentals 470-0899
Sabal Palm Car Rental 470-0051
Eleuthera Car Rentals 470-0844
Naaman Rolle 359-7166
Rock Sound Eleuthera Car Rentals
Eleuthera Bahamas Rental Car and Taxi/Tour 359-7163
E-mail: George Major
Friendly Bob's Rental Cars 359-7806
Wilfred Major Taxi & Car Rental 334-2156
If you are traveling to Eleuthera from late November through May, you should make your car rental plans early. The better vehicles are reserved well in advance during the prime travel season, especially “Spring break.”
The order of these listings do not infer any preference or rank.
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