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Car Travel

Barbados has good roads, but traffic can be heavy, particularly around Bridgetown. Be sure to keep a map handy, as the road system in the countryside can be very confusing—although the friendly Bajans are always happy to help you find your way. Drive on the left, British-style. When someone flashes headlights at you at an intersection, it means "after you." Be especially careful negotiating roundabouts (traffic circles). The speed limit is 55 mph (90 kph) on highways, 37 mph (60 kph) on minor roads in the countryside, and 20 mph (30 kph) in town. Bridgetown actually has rush hours: 7 to 9 and 4 to 6. Park only in approved parking areas; downtown parking costs Bds75¢ to Bds$1 per hour.

Car Rentals: Most car-rental agencies require renters to be between 21 and either 70 or 75 years of age. Dozens of agencies rent cars, jeeps, or minimokes (small, open-sided vehicles). Rates are about $60 per day for a minimoke to $85 or more per day for a four-wheel-drive vehicle (or $225 to $400 or more per week) in high season. Most firms also offer discounted three-day rates, and many require at least a two-day rental in high season.

Car-Rental Agencies

Coconut Car Rentals (Bayside, Bay St., Bridgetown, St. Michael. 246/437–0297. www.coconutcars.com.)

Courtesy Rent-A-Car (Grantley Adams International Airport, Christ Church. 246/431–4160. www.courtesyrentacar.com.)

Drive-a-Matic Car Rental (CWTS Complex, Lower Estate, St. Michael, BB19025. 246/422–3000 or 800/581–8773. www.carhire.tv.)

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