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Roads in St. Lucia are winding and mountainous, except north of Castries, making driving a challenge for timid or apprehensive drivers and exhausting for everyone else. You drive on the left, British-style. Seat belts are required, and speed limits are enforced, especially in Castries.
To rent a car you must be at least 25 years old and provide a valid driver's license and a credit card. If you don't have an international driver's license, you must buy a temporary St. Lucia driving permit ($20 [EC$54]) at the car-rental office, the immigration office at either airport, or the Gros Islet police station. Car-rental rates are usually quoted in U.S. dollars and range from $45 to $80 per day or $300 to $450 per week.
Avis (Vide Bouteille, Castries. 758/452–2700. www.avisstlucia.com. Hewanorra International Airport, Vieux Fort. 758/454–6325. George F. L. Charles Airport, Vigie. 758/452–2046.)
Cool Breeze Jeep/Car Rental (Soufrière. 758/459–7729. www.coolbreezecarrental.com.)
Courtesy Car Rental (Bois d'Orange, Gros Islet. 758/452–8140. www.courtesycarrentals.com.)
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