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Roads throughout St. Lucia, except north of Castries, are winding and mountainous, 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.

Car Rentals

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 for $21 (EC$54), which is valid for three months, at the car-rental office or the immigration office at either airport. Car-rental rates are usually quoted in U.S. dollars and range from $80 to $90 per day or $400 to $540 per week.

Car-Rental Contacts

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.)

Cost-Less Rent-a-Car & Internet Café (Harmony Suites, Rodney Bay Village, Gros Islet. 758/450–3416. www.costless-rentacar.com.)

Courtesy Car Rental (Rodney Bay Village, Gros Islet. 758/452–8140. www.courtesycarrentals.com.)