A car is absolutely necessary to explore the island or visit any place outside your resort. The Queen's Highway curls like a ribbon from north to south, ending abruptly at the ocean in the north and at a stop sign in the south. It's narrow, with no marked center line, which makes bikes and scooters dangerous modes of transportation. The highway is easily traversed, but some off roads require four-wheel drive, such as the road to the Columbus Monument, which is treacherous. The roads to Adderley's Plantation and Chez Pierre's are rough, but passable.
Most hotels will arrange car rentals, and can have your car waiting on-site. Rentals range from $60 to $85. Some include gas; all have a limited number of vehicles.
Keep your gas tank full; although there are service stations along the highway, hours can be irregular and some take only cash. Gas stations are closed on Sunday, so if that’s your departure day, be sure to fill up the night before so the tank will be full when you return the car.
Mr. T's Car Rental. Come here for the cheapest rate on Long Island: $60/day plus gas. Three days or more is $50/day. Deadman's Cay, Long Island. 242/337–1054 or 242/357–1678.
Omar's Rental Cars. Cars here are available for pickup/return on the north end of the island only. Cape Santa Maria Resort, Long Island. 800/926–9704 or 242/338–5273. www.omardaley.com.
Williams Car Rental (Glintons, Long Island. 242/338–5002.)
Unique Wheels Rental. In addition to cars and SUVs, this company also rents scooters, ATVs, and go-karts. Rentals are available for pickup/return on the south end of the island only. Clarence Town, Long Island. 242/225–7720 or 242/225–8630. www.uniquewheelsrental.net.
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