13 Things To Know When Renting a Car in Anguilla

We can’t imagine not renting a car in Anguilla. Hands down the best way to explore Anguilla is by car. There are 33 beaches in Anguilla and there is no way you’d make it half of them without an Anguilla rental car. There aren’t many taxis in Anguilla and renting a car is a lot cheaper than you think. Our 5 day rental with was about the same price as if we would have taken a single taxi from the Anguilla ferry terminal. When renting a car there are a few things you should know in advance. 

Anguilla Rental Car Tips

1. Anguilla Drives On The Left

Anguilla is a British colony, therefore, they drive on the left. If you’re coming from the USA this sounds much worse than it is. After a day it will feel totally normal. The trickiest thing about driving on “the wrong side of the road” are right-hand turns. A general rule of thumb, always look both ways.

A paper Anguilla temporary drivers license when renting a car in Anguilla

2. You Must Purchase an Anguilla Drivers License

This sounds shady AF but it’s the rules. Tourists can purchase an Anguilla drivers license right at the Anguilla car rental company. There is no test, just some paperwork. Honestly, it’s just another way for the government to get a few more dollars out of tourists.

  • $25 for a 3-month driver’s license
  • $ 15 for a 72-hour driver’s license


3. Reserve Your Rental Car In Advance On RentalCars.com

No matter if you’re taking the Anguilla ferry from St. Maarten or flying into Anguilla there are car rentals companies at both locations. Make sure to book online in advance here, if you don’t reserve a car ahead of time there might not be any available. There is no reason to pay for a taxi to or from your hotel. There are several vehicle types: standard, convertible, SUV, minivan, and a passenger van. We got the cheapest rental car for $35 a day but the most expensive is only $60 a day. For a week rental, it’s on average $250 for Suzuki Jimny on Rentalcars.com.

Vintage map of Anguilla - Renting a car in Angilla

4. Anguilla Is Small

Anguilla is a small island only 16 miles long and 3 miles wide at the widest point. If you take a wrong turn it’s no big deal. It takes less than 1 hour to drive from one end of the island to the other.

Woman on the beach in Anguilla getting Rental car directions for offline use

5. Download Driving Directions

If you don’t have a data plan on your phone just pull up the driving directions on Google Maps when still on wifi. Once you disconnect from Wifi maps will still track your current location and the directions that are preloaded. However, your phone won’t talk to you and say “turn left now” so you’ll still need a copilot.

There are two main cell providers on the island Digicel and Flow. We have T-Mobile in the USA which has international coverage in Anguilla using Flow cell towers.

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6. Watch for Roundabouts

There are way more roundabouts than I’d like. If you do have data on your phone don’t necessarily listen to the directions, as we found they always say “Take the first exit in the traffic circle” and 90% of the time it was the second or third exit. When approaching a roundabout look at the map and decide which exit looks right. If you take the wrong exit like we did ALL the time just turn around.

7. There is Very Little Traffic

There is very little traffic in Anguilla unlike the traffic in neighboring St. Maarten. Because there aren’t a ton of people on the roads it makes driving a rental car in Anguilla less stressful. Most vehicles on the roads are automobiles very few mopeds and pedestrians.

8. Additional Car Insurance & Child Car Seats

Additional car insurance is not mandatory but is available. If you’re traveling with children Junie’s Car Rental has car seats & booster seats available for rent. There is no reason to lug your’s from home all the way to Anguilla. When making your car reservation make sure to let them know you’d need car seat etc so that they can save one for you.

  • $ 5 a day additional car insurance
  • $5 a day car seats and booster seats
  • $10 a day two beach chairs, umbrella, and a cooler

If you purchase travel insurance it may include rental car coverage. We use World Nomads travel insurance which provides us with car rental coverage as well as tons of other coverage medical, theft, delayed baggage, etc.

9. Watch Out for Speed Bumps & Ditch Drains

Keep your eyes open for speed bumps & ditch drains. Usually, there is a sign warning you in advance. They are common in areas with several houses.

Drone photo of Shoal Bay in Anguilla - Best best on Anguilla and must visit with rental car

10. All Beaches in Anguilla are Public

If you’re driving down a road and see a gorgeous beach don’t be afraid to go there. All the beaches in Anguilla are public. Even if there is a hotel on the beach there have to have public beach access. When we visited Cap Jucula they had a special parking lot for public beach access guests and designated paths. Just ask someone where the public beach access path is, they will point you in the right direction. If you want epic photos like above invest in drone, click here for my drone guide.

11. Don’t be Afraid to Get Lost

Some of the best adventures are the ones that weren’t planned at all. Getting lost is fun! You discover places you never heard of and possibly aren’t even on the map. I don’t think you can truly get lost on the small island of Anguilla. We found one of the best restaurants in Anguilla while “lost.”

12. Watch Out for Goats

The only traffic jam on the island will be caused by goats.  Not joking! Just stop and let these little guys cross the road safely.

13. You Won’t Use Much Gas

We had to have driven around the island literally 5 times by the time we had to return our Anguilla rental car. We were on a mission to see all the Anguilla attractions. There are two gas stations on the road right down to Blowing Point Terminal. We only used 4 gallons of gas for our entire trip, which costs us roughly $25.

Have you rented a car in Anguilla? Do you have any tips for renting a car or driving in Anguilla?

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15 thoughts on “13 Things To Know When Renting a Car in Anguilla”

  1. There are a lot of other auto rental places on the island. In case you’re remaining at one of the more significant lodgings, they can organised conveyance.

    • Yes, there are several places to rent a car in Anguilla, we can just speak about our experience with Junie’s car rental which was great. For sure any Anguilla villa can organize this for you as well. But no matter what renting a car in Anguilla is a must the island is so small you just really need a car to explore it as much as possible.

  2. Anguilla has a long road to complete recovery, but several hotels and villas are already open, as a a good range of restaurants. The beaches are beautiful and the vegetation, stripped of leaves by hurricane Irma, is lusher than ever.

    Most of the car rental companies are open for business.. Rental companies aren’t supposed to operate at the airport, though you may be able to arrange for them to meet you there. For first-timers, it’s most convenient to take a taxi to your hotel (the dispatcher will give you the fare in writing) and arrange for a rental company to bring you a car next day. We use Island Car Rental, which is close to the airport.

    • Thanks for the update! Can’t wait to get back! We rented our car in Anguilla at the ferry terminal at Blowing Point. There are a number of car rental agents here as well, since it’s a cheaper way to get to Anguilla than flying in. Glad to hear Anguilla is making a quick recovery!

  3. You need to rent a car rental to travel to Anguilla, but before taking a car rental, we should know the rules of the rental car and the information you have given about rental car from your blog is excellent and beneficial. Thanks for such post and please keep it up.

  4. Thanks for going over some tips for renting a car. I actually didn’t know that you can get some additional car insurance. I can definitely see the benefits of this, especially if you want to be prepared for any kind of accident.

  5. Great website and good information on the rental process Hannah! Thank you guys for visiting and writing about my beautiful island of Anguilla. And Dan Weiss we’ll see you again soon and definitely at Lit Fest 2018 ???? -Andy

    • I can’t recommend one as we didn’t use one by the airport. We used Junie’s Car Rental by the ferry, I’d still contact them and see what they can offer you. They were great I am sure they can help.

      Safe travels.

  6. There are plenty of other car rental places on the island. If you’re staying at one of the bigger hotels, they can arrange delivery.

    • Thanks for your comment Dan. Yes, there are other car rental companies in Anguilla but we found Junie’s rental really great and the prices were awesome. $35 a day right at the ferry we never had to take a taxi or arrange special delivery. We recommend this is the best & easiest place to rent a car in Anguilla.

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