advertisement

Since most taxi drivers are also guides, this is the best means of getting around. You don't even have to find a driver at the airport -- one will find you. Drivers also wait outside the major hotels. First, however, you must agree on the price, since taxis aren't metered. Also, ask if the rates are in U.S. or Eastern Caribbean dollars. The fare from the airport to Basseterre is about $7; to Sandy Point, $12; to Frigate Bay (site of the Marriott Hotel), around $12. Tours of the island, each lasting around 2 1/2 hours and appropriate for one to four passengers, cost around $80 each. For more information, call the St. Kitts Taxi Association (tel. 869/465-8487).

Avis, Irishtown Bay Road (tel. 800/331-1084 in the U.S. and Canada, or 869/465-6507; www.avisstkitts.com), charges from $40 to $80 per day or $260 to $480 per week, plus $15 per day for collision damage, with a $950 deductible and a surcharge of $1.50 per day. The company offers free delivery service to either the airport or any of the island's hotels; drivers must be between 25 and 75. Avis will arrange for a rental exchange if you also go to Nevis.

Avis's most impressive competitor is Thrifty Rent-a-Car, located at the corner of Central Street and West Independence Square Street, in the center of Basseterre (tel. 869/465-2991, or 465-3160 for their airport branch). Prices rival those at Avis, and quality of cars is generally very good.

C & C Economy Car Rentals, Liverpool Row, Basseterre (tel. 869/465-8449), is a local company offering cars and jeeps starting at $40 to $60 per day. Tax and insurance are extra ($10 per day for collision damage, $750 deductible). This might be your best deal on the island.

Remember: Driving is on the left! You'll need a local driver's license, which can be obtained at the Traffic Department, on Cayon Street in Basseterre, for $24. Usually a member of the staff at your car rental agency will drive you to the Traffic Department to get one.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.